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Plant a Pinwheel Garden

Show your community you support children's healthy development with a pinwheel garden this April!

Pinwheel gardens represent our effort to focus on community activities that support families and public policies that prioritize prevention right from the start to make sure child abuse and neglect never occur.

Pinwheels are increasingly being used to help educate communities about the importance of supporting children and families. Shining in the sun, the pinwheel is reflective of the bright future all children deserve and our belief that getting it right early is less costly than trying to fix it later.

Nearly 3.5 million pinwheels have been distibuted and displayed nationwide since April 2008. We invite you to join us in showing your support for the great childhoods all children deserve by planting a pinwheel garden in your community.

Ways to Use Pinwheels

  • Show off your green thumb! Plant a pinwheel garden on your agency’s property.
  • Shout it out from the rooftops, “Pinwheels for Prevention is HERE!” Purchase advertising space with your local papers to tell the world that you are building great childhoods by supporting children and families! 
  • Celebrate Growth! Get your local hospitals, health services, etc. involved by planting a pinwheel for every child born throughout the year.

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Can't plant a traditional pinwheel garden in your own front yard, in front of your business, school, or organization?

  • Plant pinwheels in a flower pot near the entrance to your building.
  • Place pinwheels in small flower pots or vases on counters and desks.
  • Celebrate great childhoods by asking customers or clients to plant pinwheels in the pinwheel garden.
  • Host a community event and invite local families, schools, clubs, etc. to help you plant your pinwheel garden.
  • Distribute Pinwheels for Prevention temporary tattoos, car magnets, or stickers and “Ideas for Action” cards to customers.
  • Encourage others in your communtiy to plant a pinwheel garden. Download one of our pinwheel garden fliers below to share with your church, local businesses, your company, neighbors, and other organizations in your community.

Use social media to generate some buzz online!

  • Post Your Pinwheel - Informational flyer about how to inspire action with social media and pinwheels!
  • Social Media Toolkit - Download free customizable images, cover photos, profile pictures, and social media posts to raise awareness during Child Abuse Prevention Month online!

Downloadable Materials

  • Pinwheel Garden Flier - Encourage businesses, organizations, churches, schools, or community groups in your community to plant a pinwheel garden to show support for children's healthy development.
  • Pinwheel Home Kit Brochure - Encourage individuals or smaller groups to plant a mini-pinwheel garden with a Pinwheel Home Kit in their front yard!
  • Child Abuse Prevention Month Checklist - Not sure where to begin your planning? This workplan gives you step by step directions for planning your pinwheel garden or community event.

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The following files can be downloaded and customized with your organization's logo or name. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Communications Coordinator.

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Pinwheels for Prevention Official Site

Prevent Child Abuse America started the Pinwheels for Prevention campaign in 2008 to create a national effort to change the public's beliefs and behaviors regarding child abuse and neglect prevention. The pinwheel represents our efforts to change the way our nation thinks about prevention, focusing on community activities and public policies that prioritize prevention right from the start to make sure child abuse and neglect never occur.

For more information, visit the official Pinwheels for Prevention website.


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