Media Advisory

State of Florida
Department of Children and Families
Rick Scott

David E. Wilkins

April 13, 2012
MEDIA CONTACT: Nicole Stookey
Northwest Region Communications Director
(850) 509-2675

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. – Everyone can make a difference in a child's life. The Florida Department of Children and Families is partnering with the Dick Howser Center in an event to promote Florida’s Pinwheels for Prevention Campaign and recognize National Volunteer Week to show some of the many opportunities for helping improve communities one child at a time.

The Pinwheels for Prevention Campaign is recognized across the country during Child Abuse Prevention Month in April as an opportunity to raise community awareness of child abuse. The campaign focuses on policies that prioritize healthy child development and increase awareness of community resources so abuse and neglect never begin.

In conjunction with National Volunteer Week from April 15-21, DCF staff are volunteering at the center by reading to the children and helping them make pinwheels. The pinwheel is reflective of the bright futures that all children deserve and serves as the new symbol for child abuse and neglect prevention nationwide.

The event will be held at the Dick Howser Center for Childhood Services on Tuesday, April 17 to highlight the Pinwheels for Prevention campaign and child abuse prevention efforts in our community. The Early Learning Coalition will provide information on early childhood education and healthy child development.

Media are invited to come at 9:45 a.m. when the children enrolled at the Dick Howser Center will be making pinwheels with the volunteers from DCF. A child abuse awareness presentation will begin at 10 a.m. The children and guests will plant the pinwheels in a pinwheel garden immediately following the presentation.

The Dick Howser Center for Childhood Services exists to improve the quality of life for children with special needs and their families. Services are provided to minimize the effect of disabilities and increase independence through early intervention, education, developmental preschool, family support, therapy, and other community-based support services.

  • Who:
    DCF Community Development Administrator Jeanna Olson, Dick Howser Center Administrative Director Kim Sineath, Dick Howser Center Board Members, children and parents, local service providers
  • When:
    Tuesday, April 17 at 9:45 a.m.
  • Where:
    Dick Howser Center for Childhood Services
    240 Mabry Street
    Tallahassee, FL 32308