National Public Safety Initiative

About our program

What began as Cops n Cribs has grown into the National Public Safety Initiative that includes partnerships with first responders such as fire departments, ems, police departments, probation and parole officers, and coroners.

The mission of first responders is to help keep children safe. For infants, the number one cause of death is due to unsafe sleeping environments, which result in sleep-related deaths such as accidental suffocation and sudden, unexplained infant death (SUID). In an effort to better protect infants, law enforcement agencies and first-responders are partnering with Cribs for Kids® to expand their community policing policies to provide safe sleep education and free portable cribs to families in need.

how it works

This is a very logical partnership since first responders will see situations that are dangerous for infants long before social service agencies might. If we can get a crib to a family that needs one, chances are we might save that baby’s life. We are asking first responders, in the course of their duties, to keep their eyes open for infants who do not have access to a safe sleeping environment such as a crib.

Four simple steps to this program

  1. Educate officers
  2. Have cribs at the station
  3. Remember to be on the lookout for a baby without a safe sleep environment
  4. Offer a crib when seen fit


We offer educational tools to ensure this partnership is a success:

First Responder Training

Caregiver Instructional Video


Bridget Gaussa at 412-322-5680 ext. 8

Maggie Phoenik at 412-322-5680 ext. 117