DUNKIRK – In honor of National Child Abuse Prevention Month childcare advocates and government officials gathered Monday in Dunkirk to raise awareness and support for children in the community.
Known as the “Pinwheels for Prevention Campaign,” advocates and community members alike raise awareness for child abuse looking to provide a safe, stable, loving, and stimulating environment for area youth at both home and school.
Beth Starks, Professor and Early Childhood Education Coordinator at SUNY JCC, says over 2,200 reports of child abuse or neglect were filed last year.
So far this year there have been nearly 650 reports of abuse, a figure Starks says is connected to parental drug use.
“It’s easy to look away, it’s easy to say not my child, not my concern,” said Starks. “Don’t look away, learn about what is going on right in front of you in our county. Stand up for children every day. Be their voice. Everyone has a role to play in preventing child abuse and supporting children and families.”
To report suspected child abuse call 1-800-342-3720 or visit preventchildabuse.org.
April is also designated the Month of the Young Child which recognizes early childhood years that lay the foundation for children’s success in school and later life.
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