This time of year, 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.

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.

Every day, we help positive childhood experiences take root. Just like a plant is more likely to thrive in a garden with good soil and plenty of sunlight and water, families are more likely to thrive in nurturing communities.

We are asking EVERYONE to promote programs and activities that create strong and thriving children and families using Pinwheels for Prevention® – the new national symbol for child abuse prevention.

Learn More About This Year’s Campaign

Watch the recording from the latest Luminary Lift Up, where Jade Woodard, executive director of Illuminate Colorado, talks about positive thinking and a panel of special guests lift up activities planned to raise awareness in April.

Ways You Can Get Involved

Join Us on April 1!

Join together on April 1 on the West Steps at the Colorado State Capitol to launch the month-long campaign to grow a better tomorrow for all of our children, together in Colorado, with campaign partners, parents and community members.

Become a Campaign Partner!

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.

Earn Points to Strengthen Families!

Complete actions throughout the month of April and you could win an opportunity to select a Colorado nonprofit, school or child care provider to receive a $2,500 grant.

Use Pinwheels for Prevention®

  • Leave a pinwheel and thank you card on the doorstep of 10 of your neighbor’s houses to build the movement.
  • Display pinwheels in the background of video calls and take 1 minute to encourage others to order their free pinwheels. (Don’t forget to chat in the link to!)
  • Share pictures on social media with the hashtag #GrowingBetterTogether to promote positive childhood experiences.

FREE Pinwheels for Prevention®

Order your 10 free pinwheels and thank you cards to thank the people and organizations in your life that have helped keep your family strong throughout this pandemic. Shipping and handling not included in this special offer.

Join the Movement

Follow #GrowingBetterTogether to Connect to the Movement in Your Community.

Tag us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to Let Us Know You are Committed to #GrowingBetterTogether.

Since 2009, as the Colorado Chapter for Prevent Child Abuse America, Illuminate Colorado has led an effort to distribute pinwheels throughout our state to raise awareness for the prevention of child abuse and strengthening families

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