Sleeping Safely in Newly Regulated Cribs
Providing a healthy and safe environment is the first priority in caring for young children. The materials and equipment in the classrooms must meet regulated standards to reinforce safety measures. In 2010, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a dramatic change for infant care in child care programs. The CPSC established new crib safety standards and will require all existing cribs used for commercial use to be destroyed. Crib manufacturers received new federal requirements to improve safety conditions for infants as they sleep. These requirements improve slat strength, mattress support, hardware strength; eliminate drop sides; and require tougher testing prior to sales. As of June 28, 2011, all cribs manufactured in the United States must meet these requirements and receive a Certificate of Compliance.
Child care centers have a December 28, 2012 deadline to replace cribs manufactured by the old standards with cribs manufactured by the new 2010 standards. Although Kids ‘R’ Kids schools have not had any issues with existing cribs, we are proactive in the process of replacing the old cribs with the new. Kids ‘R’ Kids will need to replace approximately 2000 cribs we currently maintain nationwide. Our corporate team is working with national manufacturers to ensure safety compliance within the earliest timeframe.
As we at Kids ‘R’ Kids make the appropriate changes to maintain a safe environment for the infants in our care, we encourage families to verify the Certificate of Compliance on all personal cribs purchased in the future. For more information on crib safety, please visit www.cpsc.gov/info/cribs/index.html.