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In 2008, a small group of professionals gathered together to discuss the disturbing trend of unsafe sleep fatalities in Monroe County identified by the local Child Fatality Review Team. From that group, the Baby Safe Sleep Coalition was formed.

In January 2011, the Coalition, then a collaborative of 15 agencies, became a program of Jewish Family Service of Rochester, a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency. Baby Safe Sleep Coalition began as an entirely volunteer effort whose funds were and continue to be 80% privately raised.

BSSC believes that every baby is loved, cherished, and deserves a chance at a happy, healthy life. We work to save babies from preventable deaths due to unsafe sleep conditions by providing education, community advocacy, and resources to those who care for infants.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
– Margaret Mead

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Our goals
for families!

1   Educating

Increase the consistent use of safe sleep practices by parents and caregivers of infants in Monroe County.

2  Saving Children

Mobilize health care and other community service providers to routinely promote safe sleep practices with parents and caregivers of infants in a way that is culturally responsive.