Great Circle Provides Cribs to Families in Northeast Missouri
Safe Sleep Project aims to reduce infant deaths
(Kirksville – December 10, 2020) – Northeast Missouri families with infants can receive a free crib and mattress from Great Circle as part of the Safe Sleep Project. A limited number of cribs and mattresses are available for families with infants who live in the Missouri counties of Adair, Clark, Knox, Lewis, Marion, Monroe, Ralls, Schuyler and Scotland.
The Safe Sleep Project is funded by the Missouri Children’s Trust Fund and is designed to reduce infant deaths by providing a safe sleeping environment for the child. The effort is part of Great Circle’s home visiting program to support and strengthen families by connecting them to community resources, including medical and behavioral health services, and improving parental confidence.
“Without a safe crib and firm mattress for sleep, the risk of infant mortality increases significantly,” says Beatrice Stewart, Great Circle’s director of community-based services for central and northwestern Missouri. “There is currently no other provider of free cribs in northern Missouri, so it’s important that we provide this resource for parents who cannot afford a crib or mattress.”
Great Circle helps nearly 43,000 children and families each year through a wide range of behavioral health services across Missouri and eastern Kansas. Its multiple campuses and community offices includes a Kirksville location. Great Circle’s network of community partners, teachers and leaders strengthen families and give children the confidence to create brighter futures. Services include 24-hour care and crisis services, education and day treatment services for children with emotional/behavioral disorders or who are on the autism spectrum, and community-based services, including parental support programs, foster/adoptive care, assessments, crisis management and family stabilization. To learn more, visit www.greatcircle.org.