Cribs for Kids gets grant to reduce SIDS

Jill Radowicz, manager of the Milwaukee Cribs for Kids program, speaks with moms about safe sleeping practices. (Photo by Nancy Hills)

Women in their last four weeks of pregnancy or who have an infant under six months old may be eligible to receive a free “Pack ‘n Play” crib and information on how to prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

The United Health Foundation awarded Cribs for Kids a $50,000 grant to reduce the infant mortality rate and provide cribs for families in need. Wisconsin ranks 26th among states for infant mortality, according to the United Health Foundation’s America’s Health Rankings.

The program teaches Medicaid-eligible parents about safe sleeping practices.

“This initiative is raising awareness about safe sleep practices and giving families the tools they need to create a safe environment for their children. And that is literally saving lives,” stated Kate Rubin, president of United Health Foundation.

Each year Cribs for Kids provides families with Pack ‘n Plays. When the program began in 2009 it distributed 400 cribs. Last year, the number rose to almost 1,000.

In announcing the grant Mayor Tom Barrett said, “We see our Cribs for Kids Program as a vital tool in reaching out to families in need and providing them with resources and education to help them reduce the risks of sudden infant death syndrome, our most preventable cause of infant death in Milwaukee.”