Welcome to the third installment of the 2024 Blog Series: The Spectrum of Prevention in Action!

Over the course of the year, join us as we take a deep dive into each component of the Spectrum of Prevention – Supporting Families through Direct Service, Building Public Awareness, Educating Communities & Professionals, Fostering Networks, and Influencing Policy – and how the Spectrum comes to life in Illuminate’s work

Used nationally to address complex public issues, the Spectrum of Prevention outlines a range of prevention strategies across different levels of influence within a community or society. Illuminate’s programs and initiatives strategically span an adapted version of the Spectrum of Prevention, ensuring a holistic and lasting approach to building brighter childhoods. By adapting and employing the Spectrum of Prevention, we can target prevention efforts at various levels, from building individual knowledge and skills to influencing policies and legislation.

Learn more about Illuminate’s Strategies & Frameworks.

Today, let’s explore how the Pinwheels for Prevention campaign focuses on building public awareness of child abuse prevention.

Building public awareness focuses on raising awareness and educating the public about the issues that impact our mission. By increasing public awareness, the aim is to stimulate conversations, change attitudes, and create a foundation for further action.

Throughout the year, and especially during Child Abuse Prevention Month in April, Illuminate Colorado builds public awareness of Child Abuse Prevention through the Pinwheels for Prevention campaign.

It all started in 2008 when Prevent Child Abuse America introduced the pinwheel as the new national symbol for child abuse prevention through Pinwheels for Prevention.


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 bright childhoods we want for all children.

Maybe you’ve seen gardens of pinwheels planted in the community and wondered, why? It’s because pinwheels represent the vibrant and safe childhoods that all children deserve.

The Pinwheels for Prevention campaign provides a unique opportunity for all of us, individuals and organizations alike, to take action by learning more about prevention, supporting child and family friendly policies and services, and volunteering at the local, state, and national levels.

The Pinwheels for Prevention campaign is composed of several strategies, including

  • A Social Media Campaign

    Download the toolkit here.

  • An Advocacy-focused Event at the State Capitol

    Pinwheels in the Chambers: A Day in Photos.

  • Publicly Celebrating Leaders in Prevention

    Join us on April 24th for the 2024 Pinwheel Breakfast!

  • Educational Trainings and Community Events

    Check out the Community Calendar.

The goal is that with each passing year, individuals will do more than just admire the pinwheels they see in their communities, and be inspired to get involved by learning more about child abuse prevention, attending events, and advocating for family strengthening policies. 

Child Abuse Prevention Month is happening right now!

And it’s not too late to get involved.

Become a campaign partner, register for trainings, and find events in your community at COPinwheelsforPrevention.org

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