Pinwheels spin in front of Centennial Hall for Child Abuse Prevention Month. The pinwheel is the national symbol of the happy childhood desired for all children.

Child Abuse Prevention Month begins Monday, April 1, with music and pinwheels at an event with the Colorado Springs Conservatory and the El Paso County Department of Human Services.

A large group of children with the Colorado Springs Conservatory will perform the song “Home” as the Department of Human Services and others from the community gather to mark the start of Child Abuse Prevention Month. About 50 children have been practicing for the event. “Home” highlights the need for 100 new foster homes in El Paso County and there will be a robust recruitment effort in April.

After some brief remarks and the performance, more than 200 pinwheels will be planted at the Conservatory.

Prevent Child Abuse America introduced the pinwheel in 2008 as the national symbol for child abuse prevention through Pinwheels for Prevention. The pinwheels serve as the reminder of the happy, playful childhoods desired for all children. The El Paso County Department of Human Services received more than 16,000 reports of child abuse and neglect in 2018.

  • What: Child Abuse Prevention Month Kickoff Event
  • When: 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 1, 2019
  • Where: Colorado Springs Conservatory, 415 S. Sahwatch St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Parking is limited at the Conservatory; additional parking is available on the street or at the nearby Sahwatch Street parking garage

This April, let’s recognize the many roles that we can all play in preventing child abuse and neglect. Communities across Colorado are planting pinwheel gardens and wearing blue as the sign of collective commitment to prevent child abuse and neglect.