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Bradford-Tioga Head Start, Inc. Recognizes National Child Abuse Prevention Month

 April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. It was first declared Child Abuse Prevention Month in 1983 by a presidential proclamation. Since then, April has been designated as the month to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse.  During this month and throughout the year, Bradford-Tioga Head Start, Inc. is dedicated to supporting families to reduce the risk of child abuse and neglect and to bring awareness to the serious problem of child abuse.

This can be accomplished by educating parents about what is considered abuse and providing them with educational trainings on how to reduce the risk. Promoting positive parenting on topics such as nurturing and attachment, parenting skills, social connections are some of the most effective ways to reduce the risk of child abuse. Knowing where to go for help is also important. Bradford-Tioga Head Start, Inc. provides parents with basic information on many parenting skills, which can open the door for more individualized discussions.   

To raise the community awareness about the dangers of child abuse, Bradford Tioga Head Start, Inc. is going to be displaying blue pinwheels at each center. Blue pinwheel gardens, as they are called, are a symbol of support for National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

This month and throughout the year, Bradford-Tioga Head Start, Inc. encourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making Bradford and Tioga counties a better place for children and families. Ensuring that parents have the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to care for their children, we can help prevent child abuse and neglect. In addition, we make meaningful connections with children, youth and families in our communities.