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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

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By The Staff

April is a very special month at OVEC Head Start and Early Head Start!

Since the 1970s, April has been recognized as Child Abuse Prevention Month. Blue ribbons, the national symbol for child abuse and neglect awareness, can be seen almost everywhere — tied to car antennas, street lamps, business doors and pinned on the shirts of people who care about children and families.

This year, OVEC Head Start and Early Head Start are participating in the Pinwheels for Prevention Campaign sponsored by Prevent Child Abuse America. The Pinwheels Campaign goes beyond making people aware of the issue of child abuse and neglect. It engages people to act to prevent it from ever happening in the first place. Studies show that the key to child abuse and neglect prevention is through educating and supporting children and families. The campaign is built around the symbol of the pinwheel. Pinwheels are a happy and uplifting symbol of childhood. They remind us that every child deserves the chance to be raised in a healthy, safe and nurturing environment.

The week of April 19-25 is celebrated as the Week of the Young Child, an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Its purpose is to focus attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs. Our theme for April is “Children Bring Communities Together.” We have several special activities planned for the month, so be sure to check your child’s backpack everyday for information.

OVEC Head Start is asking for community support and your participation in the Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky campaign. We are asking the community to simply place a pinwheel in your yard or business to show that you are aware of child abuse and neglect.

OVEC Head Start and Early Head Start Staff