Cribs for Kids® is a National Infant Safe Sleep Program administered through Sudden Infant Death Syndrome of Pennsylvania (SIDSPA). Through their research, SIDSPA has found that babies who sleep in unsafe sleep environments, including adult beds, are at 40 times greater risk of dying from SIDS. Cribs for Kids® has been identified as a key factor in reducing the rate of infant deaths due to SIDS and accidental suffocation. The safe-sleep education program will help reduce the risk of injury and death of infants due to unsafe sleep environments. Cribs for Kids® has been providing safe-sleep education with the intervention of a Graco Pack ‘n Play portable crib, to families who cannot otherwise afford a safe place for their babies to sleep.

How the Program Works

A one hour safe-sleep class is given by trained staff. At the end of the class, parents/caregivers are provided with a Graco Pack ‘n Play portable crib. We also offer a complete ‘Safe Sleep Survival Kit’, which contains a Halo Sleep Sack (wearable blanket with Back to Sleep message), a Pack n Play crib sheet, and a pacifier approved by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Referral Criteria

Women 34 weeks pregnant or with an infant 4 months or less that are enrolled in, and referred by, one the following programs:

  • Pathways
  • Dental Center of NW Ohio
  • Baby University
  • Mercy/St. Vincent Healthy Connection
  • Neighborhood Health Association
  • Family House
  • Lucas County Children Services
  • Adelante,
  • Western Avenue Ministries
  • Family and Child Abuse Prevention Center
  • Toledo ProMedica Children’s Hospital
  • East Toledo Family Center
  • Cribs for Kids, Inc. (Lucas County Department of Job and Family Services)
  • Lucas County Family Council

Parent/caregiver must not have a safe, approved crib already in their possession.



Melissa Hallenbeck
Health Educator

635 N. Erie St.
Toledo, OH 43604