Governor Signs Proclamations Supporting Children
On Monday, April 8, Gov. Mark Gordon signed proclamations declaring April 2019 as Child Abuse Prevention Month and April 8 through 12 as the Week of the Young Child.
National Child Abuse Prevention Month recognizes the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect and promotes the social and emotional well-being of children and families.
During the month of April and throughout the year, communities are encouraged to increase awareness and provide education and support to families through resources and strategies to prevent child abuse and neglect.
Each year, the White House and many states issue proclamations to raise awareness and to encourage communities to take steps to improve the well-being of children.
In 2008, Prevent Child Abuse America introduced the pinwheel as the new national symbol for child abuse prevention.
“By its very nature, the pinwheel connotes whimsy and childlike notions,” their website reads. “In essence, it has come to serve as the physical embodiment, or reminder, of the great childhoods we want for all children.”
It is now common practice for individuals and groups to show their support for child abuse prevention by planting pinwheel “gardens” during the month of April. After signing the proclamations, Gordon participated in planting pinwheels on the lawn in front of the Wyoming Supreme Court building, in Cheyenne.
“Every child is precious and deserves to grow up in a healthy, safe, nurturing environment free from harmful effects of abuse and neglect,” Gordon wrote in a Facebook post on the occasion.
The Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration hosted by National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) to spotlight early learning, young children, their teachers, families, and communities.
“It is important to recognize and support a high-quality early childhood system that advances outcomes for all children in Wyoming,” Gordon wrote.
In recognition of the Week of the Young Child, First Light Early Education Center will host an Early Childhood Children’s Festival at the Bruce Hoffman Golden Dome Saturday, April 13, from 4 to 7 p.m. The event will bring together organizations who have resources aimed at families with children under 5-years old.