The month of April is devoted to celebrating everything we can do to transform our community into a place that cares about – and actively supports – families and children. By ensuring that all parents in our community have access to quality childcare, affordable health services, parenting education resources, and substance abuse and mental health programs, we will make progress toward what the month stands for: April is Child Abuse Prevention Month.
The majority of child abuse cases stem from situations and conditions that are entirely preventable in an engaged and supportive community. For example, a community that cares about early childhood development, parent support and mental health is more likely to see families nurturing children who are born healthy and enter school ready to learn. Cities and towns that work to create high quality school systems and that come together to ensure that affordable housing is available in good, safe neighborhoods are less likely to see stressed, isolated families who don’t know where to turn.