Child Abuse Prevention Month Awareness Tools

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month (CAPM) with launch events happening on April 3, 2023.

  • April 3 at 9:00 am – Looking for an exciting way to help raise awareness of family strengthening efforts? Help Illuminate Colorado fill the galleries of the state legislative chambers as CAPM tributes are being read. Be sure to wear blue and join us in the West Foyer of the Colorado State Capitol – Illuminate will bring the pinwheels! If your organization is committed to promoting Pinwheels in the Chambers and has at least three of your team members RSVP and attend, you'll be recognized as an organizational sponsor! Email Lex Loutzenhiser at if you are interested.
  • April 3 at 11:30 am – Child Abuse Prevention Month rally, a midday event at the Capitol West Steps to kick off Child Abuse Prevention Month, led by the Colorado Department of Human Services and the Office of Children, Youth and Families.
  • Check out the CAPM Toolkit page for CAPM key messages, downloadable memes, and social media messaging.
  • Learn more about the Five Protective Factors and preventing child abuse: Parental Resilience, Social Connections, Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development, Concrete Support in Times of Need, and Social and Emotional Competence of Children.

By its very nature, the pinwheel connotes whimsy and childlike notions - it has come to serve as a reminder of the safe, stable, and nurturing childhoods we want for all children. It is the national symbol for child abuse prevention. 

The pinwheel is an uplifting reminder of childhood and the bright futures all children deserve.

Illuminate Colorado, the Colorado Chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America, leads the Pinwheels for Prevention Campaign for Colorado. The campaign began in Colorado in 2009 and has progressively expanded across the state. Co4kids is proud to partner with Illuminate Colorado to help prevent child abuse in Colorado. 

Visit Illuminate Colorado for more ways to get involved from ordering free pinwheels to wearing blue for child abuse prevention to helping your favorite Colorado nonprofit, school or child care provider receive a $2,500 grant.

Join Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Campaign Partners to launch National Child Abuse Prevention Month in Colorado on April 3, 2023.

Communities across the nation and Colorado are planting pinwheel gardens and wearing blue as a sign of our collective commitment to prioritizing children and families. 

Live stream the April 3rd event on our Facebook page

Check out the CAPM Toolkit page for CAPM key messages, downloadable memes, and social media messaging.

This April, to help promote CAPM, we encourage you and your organization to join us in growing a better tomorrow for all children, together, by sharing on social media.

Become a CAPM 2023 Campaign Partner by:

  • Promoting the campaign throughout April, using the campaign toolkit and campaign messaging
  • Encouraging other Coloradans to take part in the campaign
  • Filling out the Illuminate Colorado campaign partner form
If not you, then who?
Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline
Available 24 hours a day, every day. Anyone witnessing a child in a life-threatening situation should call 911 immediately.