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Safe Sleep Program

DC Health is committed to reducing Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related infant deaths in the District.

Through partnerships and collaborations, DC residents can receive safe sleep education and a portable crib for their infant to ensure infants are sleeping safely. Putting a baby to sleep face up, alone, and in a crib reduces the chance of death caused by unsafe sleep practices.

The Safe Sleep Program (SSP) Provides:

  • Education for Parents and Caregivers
  • Education for Community Partners
  • Safety Approved Portable Cribs
  • Referrals to Community Programs and Services

Requirements to Receive a Portable Crib:

  • Parents and/or caregivers must participate in a safe sleep education session. 
  • Parents and/or caregivers must be a District resident. 
  • Portable cribs are NOT available for pick-up at DC Health offices.

Agencies Providing Safe Sleep Education & Portable Cribs
(Please call to set up an appointment)

  • CentroNia (Habla español) Ward 1
    (202) 332-4200
  • The Northwest Center (Habla español), Ward 1-8
    (202) 483-7008
  • East River Family Strengthening Collaborative, Ward 7
    (202) 397-7300
  • Far Southeast Family Strengthening Collaborative, Ward 8
    (202) 889-1425

For additional information call 1(800) MOM-BABY or 1(800) 666-2229.

Service Contact: 
Perinatal and Infant Health
Contact Phone: 
(202) 442-9374
Contact Fax: 
(202) 671-0854
Contact TTY: 
Contact Suite #: 
3rd Floor
Office Hours: 
Monday through Friday 8:15 am – 4:45 pm
Service Location: 

Health, Department of

GIS Address: 
899 North Capitol Street, NE