April is Child Abuse Awareness Month and the Child Abuse Prevention Council of Amador is bringing awareness to the notion that all children of Amador County deserve to be raised in a safe, secure, and loving home.
Pinwheels for Prevention is a nationwide public awareness campaign that puts a new spin on prevention. The pinwheel has come to serve as the national symbol of the great childhoods we want for all children. The campaign uses community activities and public policies to prioritize
prevention right from the start, making sure child abuse and neglect never occur.
Throughout April, planting pinwheel gardens in honor of children in communities demonstrates how we can all support children and promote ways to make healthy and happy childhoods.
In Amador there will be 1700 pinwheels total - representing the number of children age 0-5 in Amador County ~ acknowledging that the youngest children are our most vulnerable.
Visit Our Local Pinwheel Gardens:
Pine Grove Park
The corner of Preston Avenue/Sutter Lane in Ione
Little Oak Learning Center at the Jackson Rancheria
Health & Human Services building, Conductor Blvd., in Sutter Creek
Pinwheels symbolize a happy, healthy childhood. Every child deserves a good one!
There are events all month long, check out our calendar below and join us in honoring our children this month. Scroll down just a bit further to print out the calendar!
Apr. 1 Children's Flag Raising ~ The Child Abuse Prevention Council will be raising the California Children's Flag here at our office on Monday, April 1. We will be joining counties throughout the state to honor our children all month long, and to remember why we do the work we do!
Apr. 5 Wear Blue Day ~ On Friday, April 5th, folks across the US will band together to make a visible commitment to preventing child abuse - and helping make great childhoods happen nationwide - by wearing blue. Post a picture of yourself, your group of friends, your family, or your co-workers wearing blue on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/AmadorChildAbusePreventionCouncil.
Apr. 11 Kid's Day at the Capitol ~ Thursday, April 11th, 10:00am - 2:00pm, a fun-filled, educational event with lots of free activities for kids! The event will include guest speakers, performances, and various activities for youth and children.
Apr. 27 Celebrate Our Children ~ Saturday, April 27, 11:00am - 2:00pm, celebrating our children for 21 years! This year's event will feature exciting activities, food, a car seat check, petting zoo, entertainment, and fluoride varnishes! Everything is FREE!
Knitting for a Cause - Period of Purple Crying ~ We are still collecting purple caps to help spread the word about the Period of Purple Crying to new parents! Find starter yarn and all information you'll need at KVGC Radio in Jackson all this month!
The Child Abuse Prevention Council would like to take a moment to thank both the Amador County Board of Supervisors and the City of Ione City Council for officially recognizing
April as Child Abuse Prevention Month.
We couldn't do the work we do without the support of this wonderful community.
Thank you to everyone who helps keep our kids safe, ensuring all of our children have happy, healthy childhoods!
Mini-Grants Now Available!
We are excited to announce that funding is available for Family Strengthening mini-grant proposals for the 2018-19 fiscal year. Mini-grants will be awarded up to $2,000. Funding is provided by the Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council (ACAPC).
Grants are available for qualified organizations and agencies to provide Family Strengthening programs within the County of Amador.
Family Strengthening is the premise that children do well when families do well, and that families do well when they live in supportive communities. Enhancing connections within families, and between families, and the institutions that affect them, result in better outcomes for children and their families.
Mini-Grant applications may be submitted to ACAPC at any time throughout the 2018-19 fiscal year, however grant reviews and awards will occur bi-monthly.
A Trauma-Informed Book Club!
Here is a great way to become trauma-informed and build your knowledge around adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and resiliency.
Inspired by an ACEs Connection idea, we are following along, sharing with you one book each month that focuses on the issues of trauma and toxic stress in children and in our communities. Read along with us, and use the discussion questions to further the conversation around this timely and important topic. Join us on our Facebook page to discuss the follow-up questions each month for a more in-depth understanding of how trauma, ACEs, and resiliency are inter-related and impact our community.
For April, we have Managing Emotional Mayhem: The Five Steps for Self-Regulation, by Dr. Becky A. Bailey.
Managing Emotional Mayhem expresses different ways a parent, adult or caretaker might handle their emotions while a child is misbehaving, throwing a tantrum, back talking or simply just not listening. While taking into consideration previous beliefs, this book is meant to teach self-regulation and different learning skills to both child and adult, in order to help the child onto a better path.
What is self-regulation?
What are some reasons as to why a child could be misbehaving?
Do you think it is important for a child and their guardian to have a strong relationship when the child is young?
What are 2 things a teacher could learn from this book and incorporate into their classroom?
Please feel free to join in on a conversation about this book
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Free Mandated Reporter Training
The second Thursday of every month, from 10:00am - 12:00pm,
the Child Abuse Prevention Council is holding free mandated reporter trainings. Open to parents, teachers, the community, staff or colleagues needing a refresher course, or new staff with no previous training, give
us a call, (209) 223-5921. For the flyer with all the information, click HERE.
All children know how they are valued; all families receive the support, education and tools necessary to give every child a safe, healthy, and nurturing home; and a community that actively supports the health, safety, and education of its children.
CAPC is committed to preventing all forms of child abuse in Amador County through community partnerships, free trainings, education, and family-centered events that value children, strengthen families, and engage communities.
Investing in Our Youngest Children
Stay up to date on all the latest news and information for the youngest children in our county! Sign up for First 5 Amador's monthly e-newsletter HERE!
Child Abuse Prevention Council of Amador, Mail: PO Box 815, Jackson, CA 95642,Location: 975 Broadway,Jackson, CA 95642