April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, an annual observance dedicated to raising awareness and preventing child maltreatment. Because of COVID-19, we are facing not only a national public health emergency but also a mental health one as well. We must all work to protect the well-being of all children and their caregivers. To that end, the Children’s Trust Fund Alliance, along with their parent partners the Alliance National Parent Partnership Council (ANPPC) and the Birth Parent National Network (BPNN), have created several free, downloadable resources to promote the protective factors that keep families strong.

Supporting families/staff during the COVID-19 health crisis

At their March 19, 2020, online meeting, PAT Supervisors shared some ideas that home visitors can conduct personal visits and group work during COVID-19 crisis. In addition, the Pennsylvania Parents as Teachers state office has created this list of resources to help support families and staff during this pandemic.

Online resources available at PAT National website

During this challenging time, PATNC is offering online resources to discuss Virtual Home Visiting and updated guidance via OLIVER at the Model Implementation Workspace. Please see the PAT National website for more details.


Please “see” families as you are able. Check-in with them via phone or virtual means even if you can’t conduct a visit. Now is a great time to remind them of the protective factors they have and will continue to build.


We look forward to continuing to partner with you as we share this unique pandemic experience. We at the PA PAT State Office are here to help in any way we can. As you are looking out for so many people and responding to so many changes, remember that you need to take care of yourself: first your oxygen mask, then the others. That way you can stay available to them.

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