The safest place for a baby to sleep is on his/her back, in an empty crib (no blankets, pillows, or stuffed animals), ideally in the same room as a parent. These steps are linked to a much lower rate of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and infant suffocation. Since the National Institute for Health launched the Safe to Sleep campaign (previously called Back to Sleep) in 1994, SIDS deaths have declined 50 percent while rates of back-sleeping have increased. The campaign works with pediatricians and other medical professionals as well as community leaders to communicate the basics of safe sleep and connect families with resources to help address issues they face.
ICS Senior Fellow Janice Gruendel, accompanied by Allison Logan of Bridgeport Prospers in Connecticut, served as keynote speakers at the recent Creativity Connects: Arts in Early Learning event in Denver. The Creativity Connects series brings together community leaders in five diverse cities to spark a dialogue about early learning through the arts. The project, funded through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, is being implemented in partnership between Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, a national leader in early childhood arts integration; and ICS. The October 18th event in Denver was the fourth event in the series.
We are pleased to share a video of the morning’s event!
Please jump ahead to 28 minutes – or, wait and enjoy some relaxing background music! You can also view the video in a separate window.