Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Connect the Dots.

We are excited to let you know that the National Movement for America's Children has been re-branded as Connect the Dots and there is a new website we hope you will take a look at!
We also hope you will sign-up at the new site so Connect the Dots can send you updates about their activities.
And what Connect the Dots really wants you to do is tell them what your "dot" is, i.e.,  What kind of everyday activities are you engaging in on behalf of your family, the families you know, and your community.
So, please sign-up, please let Connect the Dots what you think of the new site, both the positives and what they can improve, and please let them know if you have any questions.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Prevent Child Abuse America in the news. Supportive family members. Healthy kids. And The New York Times.

Dr. Janet Rosenzweig, the Vice President for Research and 
Programs at Prevent Child Abuse America, was recently quoted in The New York Times talking about healthy kids in an article titled "After 2 Deaths, New York City Adopts New Strategy to Protect Homeless Children." You can read the article in its entirety here and we have pasted an excerpt below. We are also interested in your thoughts on the article, Dr. Rosenzweig's response, and the role you think community members can play in the lives of the children and families discussed in this article. Thanks.

“We prefer not to look at child abuse from the medical model of finding a sick person and treating them,” Dr. Rosenzweig said. “We prefer the inoculation model of preparing families and communities to raise safe and healthy kids.”

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

There's Just One Week Left!

We're just one week away from 2015!

The new year brings new opportunities for the healthy development of children and families, and we can start the new year off right by investing in the programs for children and families that build connections with their neighbors and communities.

Of every dollar donated, eighty-nine cents goes directly to programs of Prevent Child Abuse America to continue engaging children, families and communities. 

Thank you for being a part of the movement to promote the great childhoods all children deserve. Please consider making a donation, increasing your annual gift or committing to a monthly gift.

As SuEllen Fried, a lifetime board member, has said of Prevent Child Abuse America, "It's a movement. A force. It's not just an organization." 

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Consumer Reports picks Prevent Child Abuse America as one of its Best Charities "for your money."

We are honored to be identified by Consumer Reports as a "High-rated" charity in the category of Child Protection. We are also humbled to be included with the other charities deemed "High-rated," including but not limited to the Children's Defense Fund, Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, and the American Red Cross, among many others. We are hoping you will take a closer look at the report where our selection is discussed, let us know if you have any questions about the report, and think of us as you decide where to make donations during this holiday season.   

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.