Prevent Child Abuse Nebraska
Prevent Child Abuse Nebraska (PCAN) is our state's chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America (PCA) and is valued partner in Bring Up Nebraska prevention efforts. PCA is a national organization dedicated to promoting the healthy development of children through state chapters, public awareness, and advocating for national changes in policy that promote a nationwide prevention network. They provide outreach materials, research, evidence-based prevention practices and training to help us and the statewide community councils maximize effectiveness in implementing prevention programs.
In 2008, Prevent Child Abuse America introduced the pinwheel as the new national symbol for child abuse prevention through Pinwheels for Prevention. What PCA research showed, and what experiences since then have borne out, is that people respond to the pinwheel. By its very nature, the pinwheel connotes whimsy and childlike notions. In essence, it has come to serve as the physical embodiment, or reminder, of the great childhoods we want for all children. Prevent Child Abuse Nebraska promotes pinwheel gardens and other activities throughout the state for Child Abuse Awareness Month each April.
Bring Up Nebraska believes that communities are the most powerful vehicle available for delivering positive change to our state's kids. Implementing a community prevention system requires buy-in and input from all the diverse and relevant voices within a community.
The toolkit is intended to inform and provide resources for communities at various stages of development. The toolkit therefore integrates current research on well-being, community and coalition development and prevention systems, and provides concrete tools and processes to assist in the development of a Community Priority Plan.