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National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Join us in honoring National Child Abuse Prevention Month 2017. April continues to be about “Building Community, Building Hope,” through community-based efforts to help protect children and youth and strengthen families. Visit the website to learn how to support meaningful and measurable change in children’s well-being and engage families and communities in the prevention of child maltreatment. Explore and share resources, such as the 2016/2017 Prevention Resource Guide, the prevention video gallery, dozens of tip sheets, three activity calendars, and outreach materials that will help bring awareness and promote child abuse prevention. In addition, access the Protective Factors in Practice interactive exercises, which provide scenarios illustrating how multiple protective factors support and strengthen families experiencing stress. Child Welfare Information Gateway has also updated its web section on Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect

Looking for ways to engage? Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter with #PreventionMonth and #NCAPM2017!

Check out the 2017 Prevention Month website and take the survey!

The Raising of America Free Preview

Do you know people who should be using The Raising of America but aren’t? Here’s their chance. Please invite them to stream the opening Signature Hour for free next week, April 24-28, during the Week of the Young Child and assess its value for their programs, trainings and courses! And if you haven’t seen the series yet, we invite you to watch too!  Register today to stream the opening, hour-long episode on-demand next week, April 24-28.

The Raising of America is a great tool to show staff, constituents, policy makers and the public why a strong start for all our kids leads to a healthier, more prosperous and more equitable nation. Educators, trainers and child advocates alike have all been using the series to ask how their city, county, states, even the nation, might better assure the conditions all babies and young children need to thrive. Also check out discussion guides, interactives, action toolkits and more online at!

And as a reminder, the Children’s Trust Fund has a DVD of the entire Raising of America series
available to lend. Please contact Alicia if you would like to borrow our copy.

Missouri Kids Count Annual Data

Missouri KIDS COUNT® released the annual county rankings of child well-being in conjunction with Child Advocacy Day held at the Missouri Capitol on April 6. The county rankings this year are based on six indicators – poverty, food insecurity, preventable hospitalizations, child asthma ER visits, births to teens, and graduation rates. More on notable trends. Also read Missouri FACT Makes Kids CountMissouri Family and Community Trust (FACT) is a nonprofit organization serving as the Annie E. Casey Foundation sponsored KIDS COUNT® organization in Missouri. The Children’s Trust Fund is a collaborative partner with FACT and Missouri Kids Count and provides financial and other support for the project.