**SAFE SLEEP GUIDELINES UPDATED**
In an updated policy statement and technical report, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) expanded its guidelines on safe sleep for babies, with additional information for parents on creating a safe environment for their babies to sleep. Three important additions to the recommendations include:
- Breastfeeding is recommended and is associated with a reduced risk of SIDS.
- Infants should be immunized. Evidence suggests that immunization reduces the risk of SIDS by 50 percent.
- Bumper pads should not be used in cribs. There is no evidence that bumper pads prevent injuries, and there is a potential risk of suffocation, strangulation or entrapment.
For a look at the full policy statement, see
The following links will help guide professionals in the early childhood field.
www.heckmanequation.org – An online resource for policymakers, advocates and organizations promoting early childhood education and development. (Note: There are several short but very good video clips on this website).
“Let’s Play, Let’s Grow Strong Videos are a result of a partnership between Colorado Public Television (CPT12), Colorado Public News, the Tri-County Health Department and The Children’s Hospital . This free collection of 28 short English and Spanish-language videos call on kids, parents, teachers and other caregivers to get up and move, and to eat healthfully. http://bit.ly/fA169D”
Important Information on New Crib Requirements
Click link to learn about IMPORTANT RESOURCE INFORMATION related to the new crib safety standards in effect for child care providers beginning December 28, 2012. The informational guide will help you get ready for the new crib requirements that address hazards related to crib safety. Contact Linda Satkowiak, Qualistar Colorado, at (303) 339-6818 with further questions.
EPIC (Executives Partnering to Invest in Children) TOOLKIT FOR EMPLOYERS
This toolkit provides the business sector with the resources and knowledge needed to be part of the solution to enhance Colorado’s early childhood environment.
Download (PDF) SYSTEMS EVALUATION TOOLKIT an overview of specific strategies for collection systems data