Denver Human Services will be spending the month of April encouraging everyone in our community to “Be the ONE” person in a child’s life who makes a difference in honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month. The campaign is designed not only to build awareness, but also to encourage participation in a number of activities that will help strengthen our community.
You can “Be the ONE” by getting involved in one of these activities:
Purchase a Dine Out & Do Good
Discount Card for $20. The cards are packed with special offers from the Shops at Northfield Stapleton that are good throughout the month of April and 100% of the proceeds benefit Denver CASA and the work they do advocating for children. Purchase at www.denvercasa.org
Nominate someone in the community that is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of children for the “Be the One Colorado Contest". One nominee will be awarded the authentic BE THE ONE BLVD. street sign created by Denver Public Works at the end of the month, along with other goodies. Nominations must be submitted by April 15, 2013, to nominate someone click here
Attend a free Love & Logic parenting seminars. Seminars will be held in various areas of the city throughout the month with free child care provided by Mile High Montessori. The Love & Logic philosophy provides simple solutions and practical techniques to help parents with kids of all ages. RSVP to 720-944-6005.
-Friday, April 12, 9 - 10: 30 a.m., Richard Castro Elementary School (Spanish session only)
-Wednesday, April 17, 6 -7:30 p.m., Greenwood Elementary School
-Wednesday, April 24, 5:30 - 7 p.m., Eastside Human Services Office
-Tuesday, April 30, 6 - 7"30 p.m., La Alama Recreation Center
Come to the grand opening of the RTD W Line
on April 27th from 10 AM - 2 PM, at the Federal Decatur Station. There will be free light rail rides, information on city and community resources, and lots of fun activities to help families build strong connections with our community and with each other.
City & County of Denver Building
Colorado School of Public Health at Anschutz Medical Campus
Denver Art Museum (April 14 from 10 a.m. - noon)*
Denver Botanic Gardens*
Denver Children's Museum*
Denver Human Services* (April 9, 11, 12)
Denver Public Libraries
Denver Public Elementary Schools
Denver Recreation Centers
The Shops at Northfield
*Locations that will give away pinwheels to guests
Become familiar with the five protective factors and share this information with other adults to keep children safe from abuse and neglect.
1) Be a Bounce Back Family
Challenging times impact every family. Recognizing stressful situations and keeping a sense of hope helps us take constructive action to turn things around.
2) Make Parent Growth a Priority
Taking time to learn what is age appropriate and how to set realistic expectations gives us tools to cope positively with various situations.
3) Learn More About Child Growth
Helping children develop emotionally helps them identify their feelings, clearly communicate and problem solve, and prepares them for positive social interaction.
4) Surround Yourself with a Network of Friends & Family
Having a strong support system of neighbors and community members helps us get needed breaks, cope with difficult times and prevents us from becoming isolated.
5) Call a Pro
Getting to know a day care professional, caseworker, teacher or doctor gives us an expert to turn to in times of need.
You can Be the ONE to make a difference.
Each year, over 61,000 babies are born in Colorado. We make a pledge to help each of those children grow and develop into happy and healthy adults. When we invest in healthy child development, we are investing in community and economic development, as flourishing children become the foundation of a prosperous and innovative society.
Join together to be one of the 61,000 adults Colorado needs to support our children and the future of Colorado. Sign the pledge now!
Learn more about child abuse prevention and get ideas on how you can Be The One who makes a difference at http://www.ourkidsyourkids.org/BeTheOneColorado or call 1-800-Children (244-5373)