Small Change Makes a BIG Difference in Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention

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Learn more about how you can help prevent child abuse and neglect by clicking the photo above.

Small Change Makes a Big Difference Teach-a-Thon for Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention is NOW!

Supporting Families Together Association (SFTA) is proud to announce our fourth annual Small Change Makes a BIG Difference Teach-a-Thon and campaign! SFTA is partnering with Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies and Family Resource Centers across Wisconsin to make positive, nurturing early experiences a reality for ALL children. Throughout the month of April we will provide a high volume of trainings that promote the 5 protective factors and prepare adults to prevent child abuse and neglect. Last year we reached over 1600 adults through these trainings. This year we are aiming to reach 1800. Can we count on you to help us reach our goal and raise funds to sustain our work on behalf of Wisconsin children and families?

*Click the infographic picture below to learn more about the importance of child abuse and neglect prevention for each and every one of us.

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Here’s how Small Change Makes a BIG Difference works:

Contribute your small change for every adult we aim to train in April to support our work in promoting quality early childhood experiences. Give a penny, a nickel, a dime, a quarter, 50 cents, or $1 for each adult we aim to train in April. For instance, if you contribute a nickel per adult trained, yours would be a total donation of $150.00. Mail your contribution directly to SFTA, or give online right here!

However you donate, you will receive a 2015 tax receipt, since all donations made to SFTA are 100% tax-deductible.

Contribution Levels:
1 penny x 3,000 adults = $30
1 nickel x 3,000 adults = $150
1 dime x 3,000 adults = $300
1 quarter x 3,000 adults = $750
50 Cents x 3,000 adults = $1,500
$1 x 3,000 adults = $3,000

…OR set your own Amount

As a 501(c)(3), SFTA is also eligible to accept bequests from planned estates. If you are interested in leaving a legacy for future generations, please contact us at
1 (888) 713.KIDS.

Regardless of your profession, you can make a difference in a child’s life by understanding your role and responsibility in preventing child abuse and neglect. Contact us to find a training near you in the month of April. Thank you for your dedication and commitment to ensuring the best possible outcomes for young children!

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Make ‘Em Laugh Campaign

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The ‘Make ‘Em Laugh’ Campaign
“Laughter is the language of the soul.” — Pablo Neruda

Supporting Families Together Association (SFTA) strives for every child to grow up in a place where they feel safe and loved. This means that their basic needs are met and they feel free to learn and explore, to ask questions, to make messes and mistakes, and, of course, to laugh. It doesn’t take much. SFTA asks you to help us give more children the chance to chuckle, giggle, guffaw, shriek, snort, and cackle with our “Make ‘em Laugh’ Campaign.

The goal of the ‘Make ‘em Laugh’ Campaign is to highlight how important each moment of a child’s early stages are in developing the person they will become. Early childhood is a time of rapid brain development, where every experience, interaction, and relationship adds up to shape who you are. The simple act of making a child laugh fires off signals in their brain and body that over time, and even in that one moment, can make that child a happier, healthier, more emotionally centered person. And it’s great for adults too! How can you not laugh along? So, let’s ‘Make ‘em Laugh!’ Please share photos and videos of your child, niece, nephew, grandchild, the kid next door, your student—any child who is a part of your life—laughing. You can be in the video too, or just in the background making silly faces, sounds, or songs to make the magic happen. We welcome videos/photos from anyone—you don’t have to be a Wisconsin resident to share! Videos can be posted to the SFTA Facebook page, or shared by contacting us through GoFundMe. Once you post your video (or photo), make a donation of your choosing to our “Make ‘Em Laugh” Campaign so that SFTA can continue supplying supports that keep young children and their families learning and laughing. You don’t have to post a video or photo to donate!

Please visit our Campaign page for more information!

 

 

Twelve Alternatives to Lashing out at Your Child: Prevent Child Abuse America

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Twelve Alternatives to Lashing out at Your Child
from Prevent Child Abuse America

  1. The next time everyday pressures build up to the point where you feel like lashing out — STOP!
  2. Try any of these simple alternatives. You’ll feel better… and so will your child.
  3. Take a deep breath… and another. Then remember you are the adult.
  4. Close your eyes and imagine you’re hearing what your child is about to hear.
  5. Press your lips together and count to 10… or better yet, to 20.
  6. Put your child in a time-out chair (remember this rule: one time-out minute for each year of age).
  7. Put yourself in a time-out chair. Think about why you are angry: is it your child, or is your child simply a convenient target for your anger?
  8. Phone a friend.
  9. If someone can watch the children, go outside and take a walk.
  10. Take a hot bath or splash cold water on your face
  11. Hug a pillow.
  12. Turn on some music. Maybe even sing along.
  13. Pick up a pencil and write down as many helpful words as you can think of. Save the list.
  14. Call for prevention information: Wisconsin residents call Prevent Child Abuse Wisconsin: (920) 996-2210.

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Other resources:
Strengthening Families Through Early Care and Education

Children’s Mental Health Matters Coalition Poster Contest for Kids!

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As part of the Children’s Mental Health Matters Coalition, SFTA asks YOU to support children’s social emotional health, by promoting this year’s youth poster contest, “My Feelings Matter.”
Promoting National Children’s Mental Health Awareness week in May, this contest allows teachers, parents and caregivers to encourage youth to create art as an outlet for their feelings, and generate healthy communication about those feelings. Posters will be accepted January 21- March 21. The contest is open to children of all ages! Learn more by clicking, then post your plans for promoting or what the children in your life have planned for the contest!