Two organizations have teamed up to launch a project to replace existing cribs at licensed child care homes and centers across Alaska with cribs meeting federal safety standards.
Child care facilities have until Dec. 28 to replace existing unsafe cribs under a federal rule that took effect earlier this year banning the manufacture, sale and resale of drop-side cribs. Drop-sides have a side rail that can be lowered and raised to allow parents to more easily lift or place a baby, but they have been blamed in the deaths of several dozen children.
The Alaska Community Foundation has joined forces with the nonprofit child care network -- called "thread" -- for the Alaska Crib Swap fundraising project.
Representatives say ACF will match donations dollar for dollar.