Pinwheels for Prevention

During the month of April each year, Heartland for Children partners with other child serving agencies to implement the Pinwheels for Prevention campaign for Child Abuse Prevention Month. During the month, initiatives focus on holding family-friendly events, educating the public about how they can help to prevent child abuse and providing resources to advocates and families to help strengthen families. During Child Abuse Prevention Month, pinwheels will be prominently displayed throughout the community at local businesses and other community locations.

To learn more about becoming a Child Abuse Prevention Partner or what activities are planned, please see our "Get Involved" tab below or contact (863) 519-8900, ext. 214.

For more information on the national Pinwheels for Prevention campaign, visit www.pinwheelsforprevention.org.

Get Involved

Get Involved

HOW YOU CAN HELP

  • Wear blue and share a selfie on social media for #WearBlueDay on April 1st
  • Attend at least one of the MANicure Movement's four-part webinar series of critical conversations throughout this month
  • Sponsor a pinwheel garden or vase bouquet display
  • Display information/signage at your place of business
  • Help spread the message about the importance of preventing child abuse and how people can help
  • Help share parenting information (caregiver guides and family advocacy guides are available free of cost on www.preventchildabusefl.org)
  • Follow Prevent Child Abuse Florida and Heartland for Children on social media
  • Include a prevention message in your newsletter/website using language from the media toolkit
  • Help identify opportunities to post information, display pinwheels, play TV spots, etc.

APRIL 2022 PINWHEELS FOR PREVENTION EVENTS SCHEDULE 

  • March 15, City of Lake Wales Proclamation at 6PM
  • March 20, Loop the Lake - Florida Southern College's Kappa Delta Sorority is hosting their annual 5K with all proceeds going towards child abuse prevention efforts in Polk, Highlands and Hardee Counties.
  • March 28, City of Winter Haven Proclamation at 6PM
  • March 29, Hardee County School Board Proclamation at 5PM
  • April 1, All Day - Participate in Wear Blue Day to show your support of child abuse prevention efforts throughout Florida. Share photos of yourself going blue for prevention on social media
  • April 4, City of Lakeland Proclamation at 9AM
  • April 5, BOCC Highlands Proclamation at 9AM
    • 8am: CAP Month Kickoff on the Courthouse Steps
    • 9am: Proclamation at the meeting of the Board of County Commissioners
    • 11am: Story time at the Avon Park Library with therapy dogs Stella and Trey
    • 1pm: Darkness to Light: Stewards of Children Training at the Avon Park Library. Register here.
    • 5:30pm: Proclamation at the meeting of the School Board of Highlands County
  • April 5, Highlands County School Board Proclamation at 5:30PM
  • April 5, Highlands County Child Abuse Prevention Month Kick-Off at the steps of the courthouse
  • April 6, 11am Story time with therapy dogs Stella and Trey at the Sebring Library
  • April 6, 11:30am-1:00pm: Webinar: Dynamics of Child Sexual Abuse. Register here.
  • April 7, BOCC Hardee Proclamation at 8:30AM
  • April 7, 9:30-11:30am: A screening of the film Resilience in the Board Room of the Sebring Government Center. Register here.
  • April 12, 5:30pm: Darkness to Light: Stewards of Children training at the Circle Theater. Register here.
  • April 13, 10am: Story time with therapy dogs Stella and Trey at the Lake Placid Memorial Library.
  • April 14, 11:30am-1:00pm: Webinar: When Children are Trafficked: Intersection with the Child Welfare System. Register here.
  • April 19,
    • 10am: Story time with therapy dogs Stella and Trey at the Avon Park Library
    • 3pm: Darkness to Light: Stewards of Children training at the Lake Placid Memorial Library. Register here.
  • April 20, 11am: Story time with therapy dogs Stella and Trey at the Sebring Library
  • April 21, 1:30-3:30pm: Darkness to Light: Stewards of Children training in the Board Room of the Government Center. Register here.
  • April 22, 11:30am-1:00pm: Webinar: The New Sex ED: Addressing Pornography and Consent. Register here.
  • April 26, 5:30-7:30pm: A screening of the film Resilience at the Circle Theater. Register here.
  • April 26, Polk County School Board Proclamation at 5PM
  • April 27, 10am: Story time with therapy dogs Stella and Trey at the Lake Placid Library
  • April 27, 11:30am-1:00pm: Webinar: Helping Kids Cope: Addressing Trauma with Care. Register here.

 

MANicure Movement

MANicure Movement

One fingernail painted blue starts...one conversation that moves us...one step closer to ending the tragic reality that...one in five children will suffer abuse before the age of 18. 

Child abuse is tragic, but it’s real. Let’s talk candidly about what we can do to make a difference. The MANicure Movement® is a grassroots effort designed to raise awareness of child abuse as a national health crisis, and to ignite local action.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.
 
Make plans to join us for any or all MANicure Movement® programs. Thanks to our partners, there is no cost to participate. Don’t miss our four-part series of critical conversations on topics we can’t afford to overlook.
 
  • Wednesday, April 6 @ 11:30am The Dynamics of Child Abuse - How to recognize the signs and take action.
  • Thursday, April 14 @ 11:30am When Children are Trafficked: Intersection with the Child Welfare System - Explore one of the most devastating issues of our time.
  • Friday, April 22 @ 11:30am The New Sex Ed: Addressing Pornography and Consent - Candid look at the impact pornography has on youth, along with tips and resources on how to be an “askable” adult in a digital age.
  • Wednesday, April 27 @ 11:30am Helping Kids Cope: Addressing Trauma with Care - Identifying common triggers and connecting with children in a way that provides comfort, inspires peace and encourages self-regulation
 
 
This is a web-based educational series. Attendees will receive an official MANicure Movement® training certificate for each completed session.

Family Development Guide (English, Spanish & Creole)

Family Development Guide (English, Spanish & Creole)

Family Advocacy Guide (English & Spanish)

Family Advocacy Guide (English & Spanish)

Pinwheels for Prevention Resources

Pinwheels for Prevention Resources

Caregiver and Advocacy Guide - https://www.ounce.org/cappacket.asp

Coloring Pages & Activities

Additional Resources

Protective Factors

Protective Factors

 

Loop the Lake

Loop the Lake

Thank you to everyone who joined us for Florida Southern College's Kappa Delta's 15th Annual Loop the Lake and run(or walk) for child abuse prevention!

A HUGE thank you to every person, family, organization and business who participated in Kappa Delta's 2021 Virtual Loop the Lake to run for #ChildAbusePrevention! Thanks to all of the amazing work and raising close to $8,000! We are so grateful to be a part of a community that cares!


Loop the Lake is Kappa Delta Sorority's annual 5k run! We begin on Florida Southern's campus and run around Lake Hollingsworth with color powder thrown at the begining and end of race.
80% of the proceeds go directly to the Kappa Delta local philanthropic beneficiary, Heartland for Children. The other 20% goes to the national philanthropic beneficiary, Prevent Child Abuse America!

 

 

 

Pinwheels in the Park

Pinwheels in the Park

*2021 Dates To Be Determined