April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to remember that we can each play a part in promoting the social and emotional well-being of children and families in our community. To help promote this reminder, Prevent Child Abuse America and local chapters nationwide use the Pinwheels for Prevention® campaign. The pinwheel is an uplifting reminder of childhood and the bright futures all children deserve. We want to reinforce the notion that healthy child development serves as a foundation for both community and economic development.
For more information, please visit the National PCA Pinwheels Website

UMC of Southern Nevada Staff with Pinwheels for Prevention 2016

2017 Pinwheels for Prevention Events

2017 "Pinwheels for Prevention" activities were a statewide success! Overall, 14 COUNTIES reported their participation in about 45 Pinwheels for Prevention displays by either planting pinwheels in parks or courthouse lawns, or displaying them and sharing the pinwheel message, as well as involving school teachers, children and parents in the festivities.

See some great examples of Pinwheel for Prevention events in Nevada from last year are below!
Download the full summary to read about all the events in Nevada!

Carson City

April 7, 2017 Carson City, NV - Pinwheel Planting at the Nevada Legislature
Prevent Child Abuse Nevada, Advocates to End Domestic Violence, and other community agencies planted pinwheels in the legislative lawn to symbolize every child’s right to a safe, healthy, and happy life, and to impress upon the community that child abuse and neglect are serious problems that can be prevented. A press conference was held with speakers Dr. Amanda Haboush-Deloye, Executive Director of PCANV; Nicole Hicks, Director of Washoe County Child Advocacy Center and Deputy District Attorney; and Shannon Simmons, Director of Advocates to End Domestic Violence. Bikers Against Child Abuse and the Children’s Advocacy Alliance also had a strong presence in support of child abuse prevention at the Legislature.

Clark County

Month of April Las Vegas, NV- Go Blue Bracket Buster
The Department of Family Services facilitated a GO BLUE Event to heighten Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness efforts which resulted in collective engagement, team spiritedness and a renewed reminder that while it takes a village, there remains inherent value within each village member. Multiple program areas responded to the GO BLUE challenge and partnered collaboratively to create team images championing Prevention and Awareness efforts. GO BLUE Fliers were distributed within the 6 DFS office locations within the valley. Employees were encouraged to design pinwheels individually or with their team; entries displayed during the annual GO BLUE event.


April 5, 2017 Elko - "Speaking Out" - A Series of Monologues
The Family Resource Cnters of Northeastern Nevada partnered with Great Basin College to host his theatrical performance comprised of eight monologues that cover multiple types of child maltreatment from the perspective of the child. The event was attended by 55 individuals. At the close of the performance participants were given a pinwheel with a family-strengthening tip on ways to build community and hope. The monologues were written by Judy Andréson and directed by John Patrick Rice. Pictured right, Laura Cdebaca performs “Family Secrets” a monologue about how children are schooled in not talking about the family to outsiders. Photo by: ©Ross Andréson


Month of April Hawthorne, NV - Consolidated Agencies of Human Services
CAHS planted pinwheels throughout Hawthorne with the High School Track and Field team - pictured right - on April 3rd, and they were displayed for the entire month of April. They partnered with the Mineral County Sheriff's Department for a Child Abuse/Child Safety Assembly on April 6th at Hawthorne Elementary School and on the 26th at Schurz Elementary School. They had over 300 students and 20 teachers/staff combined in attendance. CAHS also distributed Child Abuse Prevention information to the students and teachers during each assembly. They had their 2nd Annual Essay/Picture contest with Hawthorne Elementary School, "What is a Happy and Healthy Family to me?". We had over 40 children participate. Their Annual Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Event scheduled on April 8th, was unfortunately canceled due to extreme weather conditions.


Activities for Pinwheels for Prevention
Make Your Own Pinwheel:



*New* Post-It Pinwheel
(Great for Teachers!)

Pinwheel Coloring Sheet

Pinwheels Poster - to share a consistent pinwheels message

Pinwheels Banner

Pinwheel Stickers (PDF/DOC) - works with Avery Name Badge Stickers #8395

Get Involved! Everyone can spread awareness! Plant your own pinwheel garden, make your own pinwheels, color pinwheels with children, display pinwheels at work, attend local events, and spread the word about child abuse prevention. Contact us for more information on how to get involved.

2017 PCANV Pinwheels for Prevention Mini Toolkit

Click Below To See Past Statewide Event Summaries

Pinwheels 2017 Event Summaries

Pinwheels 2016 Event Summaries

Pinwheels 2015 Event Summaries

Pinwheels 2014 Event Summaries

Pinwheels 2013 Event Summaries

Pinwheels 2012 Event Summaries

Pinwheels 2011 Event Summaries

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Amanda Haboush-Deloye: Director of Programs- PCA Nevada

Tara Phebus: Interim Executive Director, NICRP