Certification Application & Management

Welcome New & Returning Hospitals

On this page you will find:
  • Application Preparation
  • Application & Management Platform
  • Certification Maintenance
  • Submit an Application
    – Initial Certification & Recertification

Application Preparation

The Cribs for Kids’ Infant Safe Sleep Certification Program awards hospitals nationwide. Because in-person site visits are not performed, hospitals are evaluated via virtual reporting demonstrating safe sleep practices.  

Applications contain multiple-choice, free-text answers and the upload of supporting documents. These required documents are outlined below.  

Review current AAP recommendations and the Cribs for Kids’ Safe Sleep Certification Manual before submission to ensure compliance, promote completeness and reduce application processing times. 

Required Documents

  • Submit the Hospital Infant Safe Sleep Policy and all related policies
  • Submit Hospital Produced Supporting Documents – Submit all hospital or locally produced materials related to the hospital Infant Safe Sleep Initiative. Materials produced by a known national entity such as Cribs for Kids, NICHD, or other state approved materials are to be reported by not required to be uploaded. Hospital produced supporting documents to be uploaded include but are not limited to:

Healthcare Team Member Training: written materials, PowerPoints, modules.
Family/Caregiver Education: written materials, videos, acknowledgement forms, noncompliance forms, EMR documentation, handouts, posters, displays.
Wearable blankets: education materials, third-party funding documentation.
QI & Unit Audits: Audit tools from all participating units, annual compliance rate reports, EMR documentation.
Safe Sleep Assessment & Distribution: Assessment tools, third-party funding documentation.
Community Outreach: written materials, mass media, or social media posts, screenshots or links.

  • Files may be Word documents, PDF, PowerPoints, videos, screenshots, or pictures.
  • Name files appropriately to assist organization.

Certification Application & Management Platform

We are pleased to announce our partnership with Submittable as our new Cribs for Kids Hospital Certification Application & Management Platform. 

Submittable allows hospitals to:

  • Create individual logins with tech support for password recovery 
  • Submit applications, annual reports for compliance, annual reports with upgrades 
  • Save progress to complete and submit at a later date
  • Invite collaborators to assist with completing the application(s)

Submission review times vary and may take 2-4 weeks. You will be notified via Submittable ‘Messages and email when the review form is available on your account.

  • The review form may request clarification and a follow-up response.
  • Once your follow up is received, allow an additional 2-4 weeks for re-evaluation.

Certification Maintenance

Once certification is achieved, all certified hospitals must continue compliance in all aspects of the hospital infant safe sleep initiative pertinent to their level of certification and submit ongoing reports to maintain the National Infant Safe Sleep designation status. The following activities are required of all certified hospitals: 

  • Annual Compliance Reporting 
  • Optional Upgrade Level of Certification – Submitted with annual report.
  • Report in Primary or Secondary Contacts – Update Submittable account email address with changes of primary contacts.
  • Submit New Certification Application every 5 years – To keep your designation status active. 

Review the Certification Manual for details.

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