April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Unfortunately, we live in a world where some children are verbally/physically abused or neglected. During the past year of the pandemic, cases of domestic abuse increased. As caring adults, we can all help children by providing them with the knowledge that they should be treated with respect, they are in charge of their own bodies, they can express their feelings, and they can ask adults for help. These protective factors help children understand they do not deserve ill treatment and makes them more likely to look for support.
As a parent, you also know that when you are having a hard time managing daily stress, it’s hard not to affect your children. If you are struggling, ask for help. If you see another parent having a hard time, offer to help in whatever way you can.
Children are locally grown. That’s why we’re working together to cultivate relationships, connections, and environments that help every child thrive. Learn how you can plant the seeds of a better tomorrow for children and families in your community.
This topic is a key component of the following early learning domains and goals:
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Educational Domain: Physical wellbeing, health, and motor development
Goal: Children are kept safe and learn safety rules
Educational Domain: Social & emotional development
Goal: Children develop positive relationships with adults
Goal: Children express appropriately a range of emotions
Goal: Children demonstrate awareness of family characteristics and functions
Goal: Children demonstrate awareness of their community, human interdependence, and social roles