Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Healthy Families America is one of "The Top Nominees for the 5th Annual CLASSY Awards."

Healthy Families America, under the banner of Prevent Child Abuse America, is a top nominee for the 5th Annual CLASSY Awards in the category of "Child Rights." To read the press release put out by the United Nations Foundation please go here. And to learn more about the CLASSY Awards please see the below excerpt from the press release below and/or please visit the CLASSY Awards website here. Please join us as well in recognizing the terrific work being done by Healthy Families America staff and programs across the country and the U.S. territories. 

"The CLASSY Awards is the largest social impact awards ceremony in the country, celebrating the greatest champions of social progress. More than 3,600 organizations worldwide were evaluated as part of the comprehensive, yearlong discovery process. The Awards Leadership Council, a 100-person board comprised of top leaders and cause experts from around the world, has reviewed the Top Nominees to determine the Winners. Their unique perspective and valuable insight establishes this recognition as one of the most prestigious honors in the social sector."

Check it out: Head Start’s 12th National Research Conference on Early Childhood - Collaboration and Coordination: Understanding Systems Supporting Young Children and Their Families will be held from July 7th - 9th in Washington, D.C.

Details here.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and 41st Ward Alderman Mary O’Connor help Prevent Child Abuse America and Prevent Child Abuse Illinois transform Chicago’s Gateway Park at Navy Pier into Big Pinwheel Garden.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and 41st Ward Alderman Mary O'Connor to join Prevent Child Abuse America and its Illinois Chapter in turning Gateway Park at Navy Pier into Big Pinwheel Garden.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and 41st Ward Alderman Mary O’Connor will join Prevent Child Abuse America and Prevent Child Abuse Illinois in turning Chicago’s Gateway Park at Navy Pier into a "Big Pinwheel Garden" on Wednesday, April 16, at 9:30 a.m. CT with hundreds of supporters creating a display of thousands of pinwheels – the national symbol for child abuse prevention. The event calls for people to take action in support of healthy child development as the nation marks April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. This event follows the April 8th Big Pinwheel Garden in Times Square and is one of many such events taking place nationwide throughout April as part of the Pinwheels for Prevention® campaign, through which Prevent Child Abuse America has distributed more than 3.5 million pinwheels nationwide since April 2008. See full Press Release here.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Big Pinwheel Garden is coming to Chicago!

Last week, about 200 volunteers came out in support of Pinwheels for Prevention in Times Square and created a Big Pinwheel Garden. The pinwheel is the national symbol for child abuse prevention - symbolizing the healthy starts we want for all children.

We're coming to Gateway Park at Navy Pier tomorrow at 10am CT!

Join us in the effort to prevent child abuse and neglect by:
- Helping a neighbor in need by offering to baby-sit and giving parents a break
- Volunteering for your Prevent Child Abuse America state chapter or another child- or family-serving agency
Donating today!

You can be the wind that makes the pinwheel move! Join us 
in acting on behalf of children throughout the United States!     

Monday, April 14, 2014

No extensions this time - the Early Bird ends this Friday!

Friday, April 18 is your last chance to register for The National Conference for America's Children at our special Early Bird rate, so don't let it pass you by!

If you register by Friday, not only will you secure your chance to see speakers like Dr. Harvey Karp and Dr. Bruce Perry and to attend sessions on reflective practice, self-care, CHEERS and more, but you'll also be entered into our drawing for a VIP lunch with Dr. Perry himself!

You're going to register anyway, so why not do it today and save some money? Secure your spot at The National Conference for America's Children now! 

"Share" this photo to let your friends know that "Believing in ALL children, we help All of us." Today. And every day.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Keep the Celebration Going!

It's Child Abuse Prevention Month, and throughout the month we're doing everything we can to raise awareness for the importance of healthy starts for children and the role that we all play in children's lives.

With events like our Big Pinwheel Gardens in Chicago and New York City as well as the dozens of events being held by our chapters throughout the month, we're sure to build up some serious momentum this April.

And what better way to keep that momentum going than by learning and networking at The National Conference for America's Children? You can learn more about how to become a better home visitor with sessions on CHEERS, how to take care of yourself with our sessions on Self-Care for the Caregiver, and how you can help prevent bullying and peer abuse, and much much more!

At the Big Pinwheel event in Times Square, actor Josh Charles told us that "we can be the wind" that moves the pinwheel and makes life better for children and families. Be that wind and recognize Child Abuse Prevention Month now  by looking toward the future - register for The National Conference for America's Children at our Early Bird rate today!