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Community Partner Spotlight: SAFEchild

Community Partner Spotlight: SAFEchild

Published April 19, 2024 By: LouMecia Staton, PCANC Community Relations Manager At Positive Childhood Alliance North Carolina (PCANC), formerly Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina, we recognize the power of collaboration in achieving better outcomes for our communities and celebrate the partners who work to nurture positive childhoods throughout the year. It is with great privilege that we shine the spotlight on SAFEchild, our esteemed inaugural Community Partner Spotlight. Founded by the Junior League of Raleigh, SAFEchild has been making an impact in Wake County to provide a variety of resources and support to children and families for over 30 years....
Promoting Positive Childhoods: Why Sparing the Rod is Good for Child Development

Promoting Positive Childhoods: Why Sparing the Rod is Good for Child Development

Published April 16, 2024 As an organization dedicated to nurturing positive childhoods for all, Positive Childhood Alliance North Carolina (formerly Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina) strongly opposes any form of violence against children, including corporal punishment in our schools. Abolishing statutes permitting physical discipline in North Carolina schools aligns with scientific evidence that underscores its adverse impact on a child’s development and ultimately, our state’s future prosperity. Our stance echoes the sentiments of the American Academy of Pediatrics, which emphasizes the detrimental long-term effects of corporal punishment on children's behavior, mental health, cognitive development and educational outcomes – all of...
Building Hopeful Futures: Six Actionable Ways to Recognize Child Abuse Prevention Month 2024 

Building Hopeful Futures: Six Actionable Ways to Recognize Child Abuse Prevention Month 2024 

Date: April 3, 2024 By: Ashley Cooper, Prevent Child Abuse NC Communications Associate April is a month of renewal, not just in nature but also in our collective commitment to supporting the well-being of our children. Building healthy communities takes work and we’re all responsible for ensuring all children have positive experiences by helping families access the resources and support they need in their communities, when they need it.  Each day presents an opportunity to lay the groundwork for a brighter tomorrow. Positive Childhood Alliance North Carolina (PCANC), formerly Prevent Child Abuse NC, works alongside our partners, families and communities...
Introducing a New Pinwheel Ordering Process for NC Partners

Introducing a New Pinwheel Ordering Process for NC Partners

Shining in the sun, the pinwheel is reflective of the bright, happy and carefree childhoods we want all children to have. In 2008 Prevent Child Abuse America introduced the Pinwheels for Prevention® campaign. What their research showed, and what our experiences since then have reinforced, is that people respond positively to the symbol of the pinwheel, which represent childlike whimsy and lightheartedness and our vision for a world where all children grow up happy, healthy, and prepared to succeed in supportive families and communities. For the past 14 years, organizations, businesses and individuals, like you, have used the pinwheel symbol...
From Overload to Opportunity: Prioritizing Support for North Carolina Families

From Overload to Opportunity: Prioritizing Support for North Carolina Families

By Dr. Melissa Clepper-Faith, Prevent Child Abuse NC Policy Director Today’s parents and caregivers are overloaded; stressed by increasing costs for food, rent, and fuel, by covering student loan and health insurance payments, all with wages that are not increasing proportionately. Just as a truck can only bear so much weight before it breaks down, economic stress can overload and weigh down parents and caregivers, damaging their mental and physical health and well-being from being overburdened without support, and making it hard to best meet the needs of their children.  Basic economic needs like food, shelter, clothing, and health care...
Balancing the Scales: The Paradox of Business Success and Family Struggles in North Carolina

Balancing the Scales: The Paradox of Business Success and Family Struggles in North Carolina

By Sharon Hirsch, Prevent Child Abuse NC President & CEO What a paradox — NC is among the best states in which to do business in the country — and the worst to be a working parent. Perhaps we need to recalibrate our metrics for how we analyze what is "best" for business. It's hard to recruit employees to work and move to the Tar Heel State if we make it hard to raise our children. We need to change the narrative about how policies, systems and employers support families!  NC is the 5th worst state in the nation for...