On Wednesday, April 9 the Community Action Agency's Head Start Parent Policy Council joined national and statewide initiatives to prevent child abuse. The problem in Hamilton County is significant: 5,902 reports of child abuse and neglect in 2013.
Head Start parents, staff and students are taking part in 'Pinwheels for Prevention' and 'Wear Blue' Day. Each of the 300 pinwheels planted on the lawn of CAA represents approximately 20 children who were reported as abused or neglected in Hamilton County last year. Head Start's participation serves as an investment in the healthy development of our children.
In addition, Community Action Agency staff, including Head Start and many students are wearing blue in solidarity with statewide efforts to prevent child abuse. At CAA we know that investing in child development is an investment in community and economic development. Effective strategies can save taxpayers as much as $80 billion per year. The cost of not doing this is measured in increased foster care, special education, health problems and the justice system.