Inspiration Center

Get creative using Pinwheels for Prevention® to spark a conversation.

Join the Movement in Your Community

Trying to find some fun things to do with your pinwheels? Look no further!

Use this Pinterest board to get ideas and see what others are doing around the state. We’ll be adding to the Pinterest board as the campaign goes on, so check back often!

Inspirational Stories & Activites

Creating A Family Emergency Preparedness Plan

Preparing ahead of time to meet children’s unique needs at times of disaster is critical to their protection. But, family crises don’t just come in the form of a natural disaster…

One Father’s Journey Through Parenthood with Community Resources

I never thought I would ever become homeless until it happened. A number of events led me to a point in my life where I needed to find a temporary home so that I could start working to rebuild my life from the ground up..

Makita Cotto brings protective factors to life

The Inner Conversation I Need to Have with Myself Every Day

Let’s be honest, there are times when this parenting thing is just hard. Like when you get to the point where you are not sure whether you’re going left or right….

Colorado Campaign to Grow a Better Tomorrow for All Children, Together, begins at the Colorado State Capitol

Nearly one hundred people gathered on the steps of the Colorado State Capitol to promote positive childhood experiences and listen to parents share their experiences in recognition of child abuse prevention month…


You Don’t Have to Carry the Emotional Load of Parenthood Alone

A big reason I’ve become so involved in my community and eager to support parents is because of my own personal story and experience receiving support. In October 2018 I experienced every parents worst nightmare; my three and a half year-old son passed away….

2022 Colorado Pinwheels for Prevention Campaign Launch Event

Thank you to all the partners, parents and kids that joined us at the Colorado State Capitol! What a great start to Child Abuse Prevention Month!

Parents: It's Time to Talk About Strengthening Our Families

For more than ten years now, you may have seen gardens of pinwheels planted at your child’s school, day care or a local hospital or nonprofit organization, and wondered, why? It’s because pinwheels are the national symbol for child abuse prevention meant to start a conversation about how to strengthen families…

Time to Plant Your Pinwheels!

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…

Inspirational News

Colorado lawmakers pledge $100 million for child care

Chalkbeat Colorado – April 20, 2022
With just over a year until Colorado begins providing free preschool to 4-year-olds statewide, state lawmakers want to inject $100 million into efforts to beef up the early childhood workforce and create more slots for young children…

When your job helps the rest of America work

Vox – April 19, 2022
Why so many are giving up on child care work and what it will mean for everyone else...One analysis found that moms spent an average of eight full hours a day on child care in 2020, the equivalent of an extra full-time job…

Thoughtful Parenting: Celebrate children in April

Steamboat Pilot – April 11, 2022
Early childhood education (ECE) programs play a pivotal role in the comprehensive system of services that support young children’s health and development…Why does Early Childhood Education Matter?

Colorado Approves Law That Gives Kids 'Reasonable Independence'

Reason – April 1, 2022
Earlier this week, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) signed the R
easonable Independence for Children Act into law. “We certainly don’t want parents getting in trouble because their kids were playing on the playground,” he said…

April kicks off Child Abuse Prevention Month

FOX31 – April 1, 2022

To mark Child Abuse Prevention Month, public, private and non-profit organizations are highlighting the importance of all individuals working together to strengthen families. Everyone, including parents, neighbors, employers, mentors, spiritual leaders and others, can play a role in keeping kids safe and families healthy…

A Proclamation on National Child Abuse Prevention Month, 2022

THE WHITE HOUSE – March 31, 2022
Every child deserves to live in a safe and loving household; yet, for hundreds of thousands of children across our Nation, abuse and neglect are a tragic reality.  During National Child Abuse Prevention Month, our country stands as one to condemn and combat child abuse in all of its forms…

CDHS, Illuminate Colorado Launch Child Abuse Prevention Month at Capitol Event

PRNewswire – April 1, 2022
The Office of Children, Youth and Families (OCYF) at the Colorado Department of Human Services and Illuminate Colorado joined Colorado parents, state legislators, community partners and child advocates to launch Child Abuse Prevention Month at an event at the State Capitol today. The occasion reinforced the importance of organizations, individuals and communities working together to strengthen families, which is one of the most effective ways to prevent child abuse and neglect…

Early Childhood Council of Logan, Phillips, Sedgwick celebrating 25 years

Journal-Advocate – April 3, 2022
The Early Childhood Council of Logan, Phillips and Sedgwick County is celebrating a milestone. For 25 years the organization has provided support to area early childhood educators, families and children…

Diapers, tampons and other menstrual products would be exempt from sales tax under bill advancing at state legislature

CPR – March 17, 2022
A bill to remove Colorado’s sales tax on menstrual products, diapers and adult incontinence products overwhelmingly passed the state House Thursday and will advance to the Senate.

Hundreds of El Paso County and Colorado kids utilizing free therapy program six months after launching

KKTV – March 24, 2022
11 News checked in with behavioral health officials about the program
I Matter, which provides free online therapy for youth 18 or younger, or 21 or younger if receiving special education. Kids over 12 years old can consent to getting their own help.