A lot is happening in April to bring awareness to different children’s issues. Monday was Autism Awareness Day (continues throughout the month), which may come at an opportune time. A recent Washington Post article reported on a survey by the Centers for Disease and Control Prevention that found that an estimated one in 88 children in the United States has autism –up nearly 80% in the last decade. Look here for some great events you can be involved with for children and families in D.C. and wear blue to show your support this month.
April is also national Child Abuse Prevention Month. Data show that child abuse and neglect have been declining nationally. The national child victimization rate was 9.2 per 1,000 children in 2010– down from 12.2 in 2000. Here in D.C., however, the child victimization rate is higher: 23.4 child victims per 1,000 children in the city in 2010. See here for more data. Double up your blue with a blue ribbon for child abuse prevention and attend an event to honor and remember children who have suffered abuse, violence and maltreatment, and to raise awareness about programs and services available nationwide and locally to help reduce the incidence of child abuse and neglect.
Lastly, April is the Month of the Young Child, and a series of local events from April 22-28 will bring together local practitioners, families and community members to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs. It is a great time to come together both locally and nationally to plan how we can better meet the needs of all young children and their families. More info to come on these events so check back soon!