April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and a great time to think about what we all can do to help Fort Bragg and our military community look out for our kids when they might be in harm’s way and help out parents. The theme for the month is, Little Things Matter.
Our little ones — each one of our babies and children and even teenagers — all matter so very much. Every little thing we do or fail to do, can have an impact on whether they grow up to be healthy, and happy citizens.
There are several events planned during April to help everyone be more aware of the importance of our children, our parents, and everyone taking a part in keeping children safe and healthy.
Notice the blue pinwheels all over the place? Little “gardens” of these pinwheels will be “planted” at Womack Army Medical Center (WAMC), the Soldier Support Center and other places around the community. The pinwheel was introduced by Prevent Child Abuse America to stand for child abuse and neglect prevention nationwide.
The pinwheel represents nationwide efforts to draw attention to the way all of us think about prevention, focusing on community activities and public policies that prioritize prevention right from the start to make sure child abuse and neglect never occur.
Anyone wanting a pinwheel for their child can visit Army Community Service (ACS) on the third floor of the Soldier Support Center to pick up a free one.
On April 1 from 11 a.m. to noon, the Fayetteville Community Pinwheel Ceremony will be held at 222 Rowan St. On April 5, from 11 a.m. to noon, the Fort Bragg Pinwheel Ceremony will be held at the Fernandez Child Development Center. These two events will mark the planting of pinwheel gardens by children at both these locations.
Throughout April, people can participate in Wear Blue Fridays. to commemorate the month.
Check out the Fort Bragg Facebook page as well as the Family Advocacy Program Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages, closed circuit TV around post. Also local radio stations for announcements, easy parenting tips to help keep kids safe, and to learn about six parenting workshops offered every month at ACS, with free childcare.
These workshops include active parenting the first five years, active parenting for teens, scream free parenting, positive discipline, co-parenting when parents are divorced and separated, and the stewards of children sexual exploitation prevention workshop.
Look for child abuse awareness tables at the Pinehurst Children’s Fair April 6, at the WAMC Maternity Fair April 13, and the Dogwood Festival April 27 to find out about all the support available for parents.
New and expecting parents can learn about the New Parent Support Program.Home visitors will visit parents anywhere in the community. They can schedule after hours or weekend visits so both parents can attend. Play Mornings are also offered for parents of 0 to 36-month-old children around post.
Call (910) 396-5521 for times and locations or visit https://bragg.armymwr.com/programs/acs for mor infortation.