April is Child Abuse Prevention Month 2023

Child Abuse Prevention Month (CAPM) is an annual observance in the United States dedicated to raising awareness and preventing child abuse. April has been designated Child abuse month in the US since 1983. During this month, the Fleet & Family Service Center New Parent Support (NPS) Program recognizes the importance of communities working together to help families thrive, keeping children safe, healthy, and happy through education awareness. 

This year's theme is MilParents Rock: Rock-Solid Families Start Here. Parents might not always feel like they have everything under control, but the reality is that plenty of other parents feel the same way. We want to help parents build a solid foundation for well-being that will help them feel secure and be a rock for their children. By providing them with community and peer support, we are giving them the tools to rock their parenting journey. This gives the positive parenting angle vibrancy and sends the message, “You rock, parents!”

Join our commitment to building awareness and increasing the use of positive parenting resources to help prevent child abuse and neglect; below are base awareness events.


Pre-CAPM Kick-Off Baby Talk Forum
EFMP Special Guest: Intro To Baby Sign Language

Thursday, March 23 | 1-2 p.m.
FFSC Blue: 2901 Barbel St.

Join NPS as we welcome EFMP, special guest, to our forum to share the benefits of baby sign language. EFMP will also provide a mini workshop to learn some basic vocabulary to teach your little ones! 

CAPM Kick-Off: Proclamation Signing and CAPT “Littles” Chat

Monday, April 3 | 10-10:30 a.m.

CAPM Proclamation will be signed with CAPT Hale to kick off the month. Following will be a Mini Purple-Up Pep Rally with the NBK CAPT and CDC participants supporting Military Month of a Child and CAPM. This is a closed event.

The Blue Bear Movement

April 3-30

I spy Blue Berry, the bear! During CAPM, you have a chance to meet Blueberry, the Bear. Blue Berry the bear will be located throughout Commands and in the community. Please take a pic and say hi. 

GO Big Blue & CAPM Spotlight

April 1-30

GO BIG BLUE all month long! When friends, commands, and families wear blue for April, you are doing your part as a CAPM Spotlight Supporter! Stop by FFSC to pick up a blue ribbon while supplies last.

CAPM Storytime 

Tuesdays in April
NBK Child Development Centers locations 

NPS takes The Littles Lending Library on the road. FFSC and special guests will be reading to the Child Development Centers throughout NBK every Tuesday; as we encourage positive connections and bonding through imagination. This is a private event for CDC participants.

NPS Earth Day: Plant a Seed and Watch Us Grow

Thursday, April 20 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Bangor NEX Shopping Center

Join NPS, in partnership with the NEX Shopping Center, as we celebrate growing families on Earth Day by planting a seed and watching it grow. Let’s help save the earth one family at a time. Planting kits will be available while supplies last. Please call FFSC for more details at 360-396-4115.


Wednesday, April 26 | 1-3 p.m.
The Landings Community Center
2785 Cascades Pass Blvd.

CAPM Close Out: Mini Music Box and Chalk Walk Art

Thursday, April 27 | 10-noon
Bangor Recreation Center: Kid Zone Area

FFSC and New Parent Support (NPS), in partnership with MWR Community Recreation, invite you to close out Child Abuse Awareness Month (CAPM). 

Come out, let's make some music and create family chalk art outside the Kids Zone sidewalk at the Bangor Recreation Center. Show your CAPM support!

From 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Bangor Island Express with be open for lunch! Let’s chow together! 


Open to active duty, reservists, retirees, veterans with VA Health ID, DoD employees, their families and their guests. 

For more information, call FFSC at 360-396-4115.

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