April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Beginning in 1985, April has been nationally recognized as Child Abuse Prevention Month.

The Michigan Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) has used this special time each year to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse in all its’ forms.

Child abuse is a major problem in our state and in our nation. Last year, 37,738 children were abuse or neglected in Michigan. That is 103 every day. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and efforts are being made to raise awareness about the impact of child abuse and neglect and to elicit the participation of community members. We know if everyone did a little, we would see BIG results for our children.

As a long term Local Council of Michigan’s Children’s Trust Fund in Delta County, our Welcome Newborns program observes Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Month.

This month and throughout the year, our Welcome Newborns program encourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making Delta County a better place for families. By ensuring that parents have the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to care for their children, we can help prevent child abuse and neglect by strengthening families and communities.

To kick off April as Child Abuse Prevention Month, Pinwheel “Gardens” are planted across the State of Michigan.

Thousands of pinwheels will spin in courthouse, schools, libraries and city hall “gardens” during the month of April to call attention to the importance of child abuse and neglect prevention.

Locally the Head Start program has planted pinwheel gardens at each of their sites to show their support of Child Abuse Prevention Month, and to draw attention to their upcoming Head Start/Early Head Start/Great Start Readiness Preschool Program Fall 2019 Registration. Celebrating Head Start week of April 22-26, the Early Childhood Program will be hosting open Head Start application days in Gladstone on April 24 from 4 to 7 p.m. and in Escanaba on April 25 from 4 to 7 p.m. The Early Childhood Program will also be accepting applications for the Early Head Start program which is a program for pregnant women and children birth to three years of age. Both of the programs are free high quality programs.

The pinwheel is a national symbol of Child Abuse Prevention month reflecting the bright future that all children deserve. For more information on Child Abuse Prevention month, and Head Start week call 786-7080, ext. 143.