SIDS Prevention Fund Awards First Grants

November 12, 2008 (Syracuse, NY) – The Syracuse SIDS Prevention Fund, a component fund of the Central New York Community Foundation, has awarded its first grants, totaling $4,300, to two local organizations that work to decrease the number of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome cases in Central New York.

Child Care Solutions, in conjunction with Spanish Action League, received a $2,150 grant to update an existing curriculum that educates child-care providers on prevention techniques. The project will provide face-to-face training and distance learning in both English and Spanish that can be used with both the providers and parents.

REACH CNY, in conjunction with CNY SIDS Center and Madison County Department of Health, received a $2,150 grant to expand risk reduction and safe sleep education to a wider professional and community audience. The project will make available a limited number of portable cribs for parents who do not have a safe sleep environment for their baby.

According to the Center for Disease Control, SIDS is the leading cause of death in infants between one month and one year of age.

The Syracuse SIDS Prevention Fund, administered by the Central New York Community Foundation, was formed in 2007 as a permanent field-of-interest fund. It was established with the accumulated earnings from the Syracuse SIDS Golf Classic to support the elimination of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome through increased community awareness, including parent support programs and risk reduction education, as well as medical research.

The Central New York Community Foundation connects the generosity of donors with community needs by making grants to organizations working to enhance the quality of life of those who live and work in Central New York. With assets of more than $100 million, the Community Foundation annually makes more than $5 million in grants and provides leadership support in the fields of arts and culture, community and economic development, education, environment, health and human services. Founded in 1927, the Community Foundation strives to inspire philanthropy in Central New York.

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