Friday, December 19, 2014

There's just two weeks left in 2014!

"If this organization can reach every single new family, can you just imagine what this world would be like?"
- SuEllen Fried, Lifetime Board Member


All children deserve great childhoods because our children are our future.

Your gift today can move this mission forward. 

We can do this by ensuring families have access to the services they need and the programs that help children develop and grow. When children have access to early education, medical care and other necessities without any barriers, and when communities come together to support their neighbors and build connections, we can make this better future possible.

By giving a gift, increasing your annual gift or committing to a monthly gift, you are creating the change that makes great childhoods possible for all children.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Prevent Child Abuse America and Chartwells K12 Team to Deliver Healthy Meals and Healthy Social Interactions in the Lunchroom.

Prevent Child Abuse America and Chartwells K12 are teaming up to prevent bullying where it often takes place: the lunchroom. The partnership will deliver healthy messages to students alongside the healthy food choices Chartwells serves in 3,800 schools nationwide as part of a peer abuse (commonly known as bullying) prevention campaign. The campaign supports efforts to positively change youth behaviors in light of the more than 70 percent of students who report witnessing bullying on a monthly basis. You can read our full the press release on this exciting new partnership with the Chartwells K12 here.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

"MIECHV is a wise investment and a good use of taxpayer money." MIECHV in the Huffington Post.

More here. And more below.

"Science demonstrates that evidence-based home visiting improves prenatal and birth outcomes, early child health and development, greater school readiness, improved parenting practices and reductions in child maltreatment. These outcomes can produce a significant return on investment for state and federal government.

Several studies have found that evidence-based home visiting saves scarce resources. A 2005 RAND Corporation study found that two evidence-based home visiting programs saved from $1.80 to $5.70 per dollar invested.


MIECHV is a wise investment and a good use of taxpayer money. This is why states have embraced it as a sensible solution to the health, educational and fiscal challenges we face."

Prevent Child Abuse America and Home Visiting Coalition push for budget extension of MIECHV and great beginnings for all children.

Prevent Child Abuse America and its partners in the Home Visiting Coalition are writing members of congress today to urge their support in extending funding for the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program. MIECHV supports evidence-based home visiting programs, such as Healthy Families America, that have been shown to improve the early health and development of children and to reduce incidences of child maltreatment. You can read our full press release on the efforts to extend funding for MIECHV here.

Why we support MIECHV, and why you should too.

Right now, budget talks are going on in Washington D.C., and one of the programs being discussed - The Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting program, or MIECHV - is one we care about deeply.

We’re convinced that this program can make a real difference in the lives of children and families around the country.

Why? Read on, and we’ll share our top reasons for supporting MIECHV. Hopefully by the end, you’ll agree with us enough to call your senator or representative and tell them that they should support MIECHV too.

1. MIECHV provides funding for programs that support families in all 50 states, six U.S. territories, and numerous tribal territories throughout the nation.

2. Research has shown that home visiting programs supported by MIECHV, such as Healthy Families America, improve the early health and development of children, improve maternal health and family self-sufficiency, and reduce incidences of child maltreatment.

3. MIECHV has been supported by both parties since its creation in 2009. Democrats and Republicans agree that this program is proven to be successful and is an effective use of taxpayer money.

4. Home visiting programs funded by MIECHV are completely voluntary and are open to families of all demographics.

5. And while the cost of MIECHV is low, the program has shown a return-on-investment of between $1.80 and $5.70 per dollar invested. That means that MIECHV is not only making a difference in the lives of children and families today, but also positioning the country for a brighter and more prosperous future.

6. More than 700 organizations are petitioning Congress to maintain the current funding level for MIECVH, including representatives from state legislatures, tribal leaders, and individuals from communities around the country.

Beyond these few reasons here, there are plenty more reasons to support MIECHV. Yet for us, all of these many reasons boil down to one. We support MIECHV because it works.

Call or email your senator or representative today to let them know that you support MIECHV, and you hope they do. It’s one small thing that can make a huge difference in the lives of children and families around the country.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Did you miss Giving Tuesday? Don't worry - there's still time to give!

Together, we can take steps to ensure that all children have the great childhoods, and healthy futures, they deserve.

When you give
 a personally meaningful gift today$0.89 of each dollar goes directly to programs that benefit children and families nationwide. For example,
  • We are able to advocate for the creation of a national plan for children, 
  • Each year, over 100,000 families are reached and linked to resources in their communities that encourage them to develop the skills they need to be physically, socially and emotionally healthy, and,
  • Children and families are supported through public awareness.

Your gift today will have a positive impact on the lives of children today, tomorrow and into the future.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

It's not just any Tuesday.

 
"It's a movement. It's a force. It's not just an organization"
- SuEllen Fried, Lifetime Board Member

Prevent Child Abuse America is a top-rated charity by both Charity Navigator and GuideStar! Of every dollar given, $0.89 goes directly to programs that benefit children and families nationwide.

Enhancing the healthy development of all children and their family is possible, but not without your generous support.

For example, by donating today, programs like Healthy Families America are able to thrive! Each year, over 100,000 families are reached and linked to resources in their communities that encourage them to develop the skills they need to be physically, socially and emotionally healthy.

Today, on Giving Tuesday, we ask you to consider making a personally meaningful gift.

Together, we can take the steps to prevent the abuse and neglect of our nation's children.

Today is the Day!

We've participated in Black Friday. We've surfed the web on Cyber Monday. Let's give back on Giving Tuesday!

You can play your role to ensure that all children have the great childhoods they deserve by giving today. When you give, $0.89 of every dollar goes directly to programs, like Healthy Families America, our voluntary home visitation program that reaches 100,000 families each year!

The goal has been set! Together, can we raise $5,000 in one day?

GT date 2014

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to see updates and progress being made toward the goal throughout the day.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

GRAND magazine, Prevent Child Abuse America, and The Sexwise Grandparent.

We want to be sure to let you know that Prevent Child Abuse America's Janet Rosenzweig has written a three part series for the new issue of GRAND magazine titled "Ten Reasons You Should Be Ready to Discuss Sex with Grandchildren." The next two parts will run in the January/February and March/April issues, and we hope you will take the time to read all three parts, as well as, share the pieces with your networks, and let us know what you think. Thanks!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Healthier Futures, a National Dialogue, and Adrian Peterson.

In response to the NFL suspending Adrian Peterson for the rest of the season today, we released a brief statement titled "Healthier Futures, a National Dialogue, and Adrian Peterson." We hope you will take a look and let us know if you have any questions. We have also pasted an excerpt below. 

"At Prevent Child Abuse America we work to create healthier futures for all children. We also seek to create environments that lead to great childhoods. And we strive to create an equal playing field for all children and all families.

We traffic in hope and solutions, thriving children, and a healthier world for all of us to live in. What we do not do is traffic in rage. It doesn't serve the nation's children, their families, or the communities they live in.

But we know there will be rage today directed at the National Football League for suspending Adrian Peterson for the rest of the 2014 season. People will question whether his rights as a parent, and worker, are being undermined. And while we agree that this is an important dialogue, we do not believe it is the most important dialogue we as a nation can be having right now.

While we take no stand on Peterson's case, we appreciate all of the dialogue that has occurred coast-to-coast since his very public case raised the issue of appropriate discipline. What we've learned since the news about Peterson first broke is that despite being a controversial topic, people are very willing to discuss their views on corporal punishment."