Plant a Pinwheel Garden 2018

April 01, 2018  | 

Plant your pinwheel garden this month to show support for National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

In 2008, the pinwheel came to serve as the national symbol of the great childhoods we want for all children.

Throughout April, planting pinwheel gardens in honor of children in communities nationwide demonstrates how we can all support great childhoods and promotes ways to help great childhoods happen.


Why use the pinwheel?

Prevent Child Abuse America introduced the pinwheel as a national symbol for child abuse prevent. Research has shown that people respond to the pinwheel, as it is a wonderful way to represent the whimsy of childhoods.

Why should I care about abuse prevention?

When we invest in healthy child development, we are investing in community and economic development. Unfortunately, children are sometimes exposed to extreme and sustained stress like child abuse and neglect, which can undermine a child’s development. Research conducted by Prevent Child Abuse America estimates that implementing effective policies and strategies to prevent child abuse and neglect could save taxpayers $80 billion per year. The cost of not doing this is measured in increased costs for foster care services, hospitalization, mental health treatment and law enforcement, as well as loss of individual productivity and expenditures related to chronic health problems, special education and the justice system.

How can I help?

There are simple thing you can do every day to make a difference, and in fact, you are probably already helping. Whether it’s mentoring children through a local pre- or after-school program, providing relief to an overburdened family by volunteering to babysit or preparing a ready-made meal, or calling your local legislators to advocate for policies like home visiting, there are many things you can do to help promote great childhoods and the prevention of abuse and neglect!

I want to plant a pinwheel garden at my school / daycare / home! What can I do?

Do it! Then snap a picture to post on your social media and tag it #GreatChildhoods.

Do you have any fun pinwheel activities I can do with my children / students?

Absolutely! You can download a pinwheel coloring sheet that are great for children of all ages. For older children, download instructions on how to make your own paper pinwheel!