Around the month of April, for more than ten years now, you may have seen gardens of pinwheels planted in the community, at school, day care or a local hospital or nonprofit organization, and wondered, why?


It’s because planting pinwheels represents the bright childhoods we all want for children.

When parents, caregivers, family, friends, neighbors, employers and elected leaders work together to increase five critical protective factors in families’ lives, that is when we can prevent child abuse, strengthen families, and build brighter childhoods.

Each year, the hope is you will do more than see pinwheels in your community.


There are many ways to get involved and learn more during Child Abuse Prevention Month and all year long.

#PreventionInPartnership is all about maximizing our efforts. Together, we can put families first and relieve some of the overload experienced by parents and caregivers.

Get Involved!


Join the Campaign

Our community prospers when our kids thrive. They are our future workforce, leaders, neighbors and community members. No matter where you live –– everyone has the power to make great childhoods happen – especially you.

April is a time for organizations and individuals to take collective action using shared messaging and a campaign toolkit to raise awareness for the prevention of child maltreatment.

Become a 2023 Campaign Partner by:

  • Promoting the campaign throughout April, using the campaign toolkit and campaign messaging
  • Encouraging other Coloradans to take part in the campaign
  • Filling out the campaign partner form

Download the Campaign Toolkit

The campaign toolkit includes a list of actions to take, as well as graphics which can be co-branded and sample messages for social media to promote strengthening families and the prevention of child maltreatment in Colorado.

Get Access to the Toolkit

Fill out this form to get access to the campaign toolkit.

April 3rd is Wear Blue Day, and we’ll be celebrating at the Capitol!

EVNET UPDATE: All events on April 3rd have been pushed to the afternoon due to Governor’s Office activitiesWe will no longer have the Pinwheels in the Chambers event in the morning, though tributes will still be read. You can still listen to the tributes online. Additionally, the kick off rally has been moved to 1pm… 

In the morning, Illuminate Colorado will gather with supporters and volunteers for Pinwheels in the Chambers. Help us fill the galleries of the state legislative chambers as Child Abuse Prevention Month tributes are being read by wearing blue and showing up at the Colorado State Capitol–we’ll bring the pinwheels!

Plus, save the date for a midday rally on April 3 after the morning activities, led by the Colorado Department of Human Services. The rally will also be livestreamed (link coming soon) so you can join us, wherever you are in the state! 

RSVP for Pinwheels in the Chambers

RSVP online to join us at the Colorado State Capitol on April 3 to hear the Child Abuse Prevention Month tributes being read in the state legislative chambers.

Stay Up to Date!

Check out the Community Calendar and register for upcoming Child Abuse Prevention Month events.


Throughout the campaign, you can make a tax-deductible gift to help build a virtual pinwheel garden. Donations will go to support this annual awareness campaign to strengthen families and prevent child abuse in Colorado.

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