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Pinwheels, Healthy Families, and More – Parenting Matters April 2015 E-News

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  • A Note From Lynne
  • Pinwheels for Prevention
  • Incredible Success in Our Healthy Families Program!
  • How You Can Help Prevent Child Abuse

Lynne Swartz
Bruce Berg Photography

A Note From Lynne

Happy Spring! This is my favorite season — I just love seeing the daffodils and tulips, cherry blossoms and green buds on trees. And this year, it’s a very special spring, because our family just welcomed our first grandchild — a baby girl named Tierney Quill. I am so thrilled to be Grandma and to get to feel her soft fuzzy head!

This spring is a busy one at Parenting Now! as we present our Pinwheels for Prevention of Child Abuse project across Eugene and Springfield.  Meanwhile, our parenting education and home visits continue to change lives each and every day. Read on to find out more!


Lynne Swartz
Executive Director

Liana Herman Photography
Liana Herman Photography

Pinwheels for Prevention

Each year, the number of Oregon children known to be abused or neglected would fill 170 school buses.

That sobering statistic is just one reason why Parenting Now!, in partnership with the Children’s Trust Fund of Oregon, the 90by30 Initiative of the University of Oregon, and Oregon Community Credit Union, is planting pinwheel “gardens” at businesses and public spaces across Eugene and Springfield throughout the month of April.

Why pinwheels? They represent healthy, happy childhoods free of child abuse and neglect. April is national Child Abuse Prevention month, and Parenting Now’s pinwheel gardens are being planted in conjunction with other activities happening around our area to mark this special month.

Parenting Now! is proud to spearhead the pinwheel garden effort. We contribute a vital resource for preventing child abuse in Lane County by helping parents learn about positive, nurturing ways to raise their families.

Get more information, find pinwheel garden locations, and read tips on recognizing signs of child abuse and neglect.

Incredible Success in Our Healthy Families Program!

Parenting Now! provides home visiting for families as a part of Healthy Families America — a national home visiting program that we provide in partnership with Lane County and state and federal governments.

Our Lane County program recently underwent an evaluation with stellar results, including:

  • Our Healthy Family home visitors visit 62% of all hospital births to find out if the family is eligible for our home visiting parenting support.
  • 60% of our families who receive home visits to help support and educate them as parents stay in the program through their child’s second year.
  • 100% of the children in our Healthy Families program have a primary care physician — and 93% are up-to-date on their immunizations.
  • 93% of the parents who receive our home visit support read to their children three times a week or more.
  • And lastly, 99% of the families report that our Healthy Families program helps them with much-needed social support.

We are so proud of our Healthy Families program and staff and of the power of positive, skilled, parenting education!

blue eyed boyHow You Can Help Prevent Child Abuse

You might wonder how you can help create a strong environment and community and prevent child abuse and neglect.  Here are some proven tips:
Talk to your neighbors
Be willing to look out for one another’s children. Encourage a supportive spirit among parents in your community.
Be a friend to the parents that you know
Ask how their children are doing. Ask them how they are doing! If a parent seems to be struggling, offer to baby-sit, run errands or lend a friendly ear. Remind them that raising a child can be a difficult job at times.
Mentor a new parent in your neighborhood
Sometimes families go from receiving a lot of support when a baby first arrives to getting little or no support just a few months later. This can leave a parent feeling overwhelmed. Check in often with a new parent. Sometimes just holding or changing the baby will allow a new mom or dad to finish an errand or take a few minutes for themselves.
Be active in your community
Developing playgroups for new families at community centers, libraries or schools ultimately contributes to the well being of children.
Learn about solutions and volunteer your time
Learn about, support, and volunteer with Parenting Now!‘s parenting education programs, Safe Families for Children, spend time mentoring a child, or volunteer your time to other local child and family-serving organizations like CASA, Relief Nursery, and Food for Lane County.
Remember …
Anything that supports the children, parents, grandparents, and caregivers in your community helps strengthen families and reduce the likelihood of abuse.
*Taken from the Prevent Child Abuse America New York, 2014 Community Resource Packet

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