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PROJECT PINWHEEL EMPOWERING THE COMMUNITY TO PREVENT CHILD ABUSE

PRESENTED BY: GREENVILLE FIRST STEPS • AUGUSTA HEIGHTS BAPTIST CHURCH • GREENVILLE HEALTH SYSTEM THE CHILDREN’S TRUST OF SOUTH CAROLINA • THE LITTLE GYM • JELLY BEANS HAIR DESIGNS FOR KIDS & TEENS A SPECIAL THANKS TO THE HOLLINGSWORTH FUNDS FOR MAKING PROJECT PINWHEEL POSSIBLE


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Child Abuse Prevention is a Community-wide Effort A Message from Derek Lewis, Greenville First Steps Executive Director My wife, Hedrick, and I are the proud parents of a 2-year old ball of energy, William. One of my favorite times of the day is when William and I sit in the rocking chair and read one (or five) books. One of William’s favorites is The Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle. The tale depicts a small blue pickup truck who journeys through the countryside talking to different animal friends. He stumbles upon a giant dump truck that has become stuck in the mud. In his eagerness to help, the blue truck gets stuck as well. SPOILER ALERT: the truck gets out only when all the animals help to push the truck and the dump truck out of the mud. It’s a great story of teamwork and how we can all work together for good. When I look at some of the large challenges our community faces, none seem as daunting as the elimination of violence, abuse, and neglect experienced by children, adults, and families. Often seen as a private matter, research shows the impact of abuse and neglect extend far beyond the home. It impacts everyone from the faith community to health care to schools. In fact, 56% of children who tested “not ready” on 3rd grade standardized tests were victims of documented abuse or neglect. Those children are likely to continue to fall behind, to drop out of school, to be unable to support their families, and to abuse children of their own- creating a cycle of poverty and abuse. Not only is this tragic, it is preventable. As great as the task, greater still is the capacity of the Greenville community to address the challenge. Research shows that the presence of a few protective factors can help each family ensure children are safe and well cared for. These preventative factors, like knowledge of child development and strong social relationships, are being built upon daily by the churches, schools, non profits, businesses, and neighborhoods throughout Greenville County.

non profits, schools, churches, and businesses to launch Project Pinwheel. The campaign includes 30,000 pinwheels planted in nearly 200 pinwheel gardens across the county- one pinwheel for every child under 5 in Greenville County. These community leaders created this insert, developed parenting programs, and produced a CD of children’s stories and songs performed by local artists called Pinwheel Tales. The purpose of Project Pinwheel is to spread the good news of the work being done in our community, and to promote the little things every family can do to help keep children safe and secure. Project Pinwheel is the creative work of a team of community leaders, and sponsored by our generous local donors and engaged business community. You can learn more about how you can get involved at www.projectpinwheel.com.

The Project Pinwheel publication has been created through a partnership between Greenville First Steps, the Greenville Journal, and the Children’s Trust of South Carolina. Funding for this publication is made possible through individual donors, corporate sponsors, and a grant from the Hollingsworth Funds. Content provided by Children’s Trust of South Carolina (www.scchildren.org) and Greenville First Steps (greenvillefirststeps. org). Protective Factors content source: 2012 Resource Guide: Preventing Child Maltreatment and Promoting Well-Being: A Network for Action, produced by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families. In addition to Greenville Journal distribution, overruns of the Project Pinwheel publication will be distributed to families served through partner agencies and organizations. To learn more, visit www.ProjectPinwheel.com.

Please help us by spreading the word about child abuse prevention, and if you find a protective factor that resonates with you, please get involved by contacting a partner agency to help bring change to our community. Parents should not have to overcome the challenge of parenting on their own. Like the little blue truck, we can rely on our friends and neighbors to help improve the lives of children and families throughout Greenville County.

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Greenville First Steps helped convene over 200 community leaders representing local government,

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TABLE OF CONTENTS: Letter from Greenville First Steps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Community Advisory Team . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 What is Project Pinwheel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 A Child’s Haven . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Strengthening Family Connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Nurse Family Partnership . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Knowledge of Child Development . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 GHS: Help Me Grow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Pinwheel Locations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Parental Resilience . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Social Connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 YMCA of Greenville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Access to Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 PHOTO BY GREG BECKNER

Pendleton Place . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 2-1-1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Pinwheel Tales CD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Project Pinwheel Sponsors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

THE PROJECT PINWHEEL ADVISORY TEAM CONSISTS OF REPRESENTATIVES FROM: A Childs Haven

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Children’s Trust of SC

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Christ Church Episcopal Greenville Cities of Greenville, Greer, Simpsonville Fete Greenville Genco Pools and Spas Greenville County Greenville First Steps

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We’re on a mission...to protect children from abuse and neglect. Augusta Heights Baptist Church has a long and proud history of providing outreach and support to our communities.

We are proud to support Project Pinwheel for a 2nd year.

Greenville DSS Greenville Health System – Children’s Advocacy Long Branch Baptist Church Nurse Family Partnership Pendleton Place

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Having our roots deep in Baptist heritage, we are a progressive, missional group of believers united in faith in Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit.

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PINWHEEL GARDENS: 30,000 Blue and Silver Pinwheels planted in gardens across Greenville County. Pinwheels are the national symbol of Child Abuse Prevention: an optimistic image of safe children, safe families, and safe communities. The Pinwheels represent Greenville’s 30,000 children under age 5. Gardens were planted by volunteers. PINWHEEL TALES: A CD of children’s stories and songs performed by local

CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION IMPACTS US ALL. Often seen as a private matter, research shows the impact of abuse and neglect extends far beyond the home. The ripple effects of abuse and trauma impacts everyone from the faith community to our health care system but has a particular impact on our schools. In fact, 56% of children who tested “not ready” on 3rd grade standardized tests were victims of documented abuse or neglect. Those children are likely to continue to fall behind, to drop out of school, to be unable to support their families, and to abuse children of their own – creating a cycle of poverty and abuse. This cycle is tragic, and is also preventable.

WHAT IS PROJECT PINWHEEL? Project Pinwheel is a collaborative project to promote the protective factors every family can adopt to help keep children safe and secure. The purpose of Project Pinwheel is intended to help spread the good news of the work being done in our community, and to promote the little things every family can do to help keep children safe and secure. Project Pinwheel features a broad coalition of over 100 partners including childcare providers, the YMCA of Greenville, A Child’s Haven, Children’s Advocacy at the Greenville Health System, the United Way of Greenville County, Pendleton Place, and our incredibly engaged faith community. The county-wide campaign is sponsored by our generous local donors and an engaged business community. The project was coordinated with leadership provided by Greenville First Steps.

30,000 BLUE PINWHEELS: The national symbol for Child Abuse prevention is a blue and silver pinwheel. This year, we plan to plant over 30,000 pinwheels throughout Greenville County

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in over 150 Pinwheel Gardens- that’s one pinwheel for every child under the age of five. Pinwheels were planted by children, families, and community members. Pinwheel Gardens are a visual sign of the work the community is doing to protect children and keep them safe. Pinwheels were sponsored by individual donors, corporate sponsors, and by fundraisers such as the 2012 Greenville Zombie Run.

HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED? Thanks to our corporate sponsors, pinwheels are available free of charge for all churches, schools, non profits (while supplies last). Pinwheels Gardens can be planted at a business for $100. Each business sponsored garden provides funds for an additional garden in front of a church, non-profit or school. Pinwheels can be secured online at www.ProjectPinwheel.com. Please help us by spreading the word about child abuse prevention. Parents should not have to overcome the challenge of parenting on their own.

artists. Sponsored by Greenville Health System, the CD provides opportunities for parents to share a story or a song while travelling in the car. CDs will be distributed to non profits and churches to share with families across Greenville County. CDs are also available for sale at several Greenville locations including Genco Pools, Pink Azalea, and the Little Gym.

FAMILY EVENTS: A calendar of activities (most free or low cost) that provide opportunities for families to spend time together, or with other families. Research shows that increased social opportunities is one of the greatest predictors of a safe home.

PROJECT PINWHEEL INSERT: A 20-page resource guide provided free of charge to Greenville Journal subscribers and distributed to an additional 4,000 families throughout the community by local churches and non-profits. HEALTHY KIDS DAY: Free family friendly event at Hollingsworth Outdoor Center and the Y-Adams Mill Program Center in Simpsonville, on Saturday, April 13 from 10am-2pm.

WEEK OF THE YOUNG CHILD PICNIC IN THE PARK: An afternoon of free family friendly projects including pinwheel finger painting, games, and activities, held on Wednesday, April 24 at the Pavilion Recreation Complex.

VISIT WWW.PROJECTPINWHEEL.COM Project Pinwheel is possible thanks in part to these community partners:

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2013 Pinwheel Partner Spotlight

Mary Fran Crosswell PEDIATRICIAN AND BOARD MEMBER OF A CHILD’S HAVEN

How did you get involved with A Child’s Haven? A Child’s Haven is a therapeutic program for young children who have suffered developmental delays as a result of abuse, neglect, or poverty. We provide interventional services for these children and their families through a day program for children,

home visitation by staff at A Child’s Haven as well as parent education and support groups. I serve as a board member. Also, as a child abuse pediatrician, I refer many of my patients and their families to A Child’s Haven. It is rewarding to be involved with the treatment of child abuse and neglect, and not just its diagnosis.

How is A Child’s Haven impacting families? Recently, a preschool-aged patient was brought to my office by his grandfather who was caring for him. Having suffered from both physical abuse and neglect by his parents, the young boy had experienced profound delays in his social and emotional development. Without knowing of my involvement with A Child’s Haven, the grandfather proudly described the strides that his grandson had made in his ability to relate to others and to his environment after spending six months at A Child’s Haven. This child’s life had been transformed by the early and intensive services he received at A Child’s Haven. As a child abuse pediatrician, I am grateful we have A Child’s Haven in our community, because it provides hope that these children and their families have an avenue towards recovery and an opportunity for a better future.

How many families were served last year? We served 132 families in our home visitation program, 106 in the parent enrichment/support group, and 76 in the parent education classes.

How can volunteers get involved? We have many opportunities for volunteers, including working directly with the children, their parents or helping out behind the scenes. Call 864-298-0025 for more information about how to become involved.

Why are you involved with Project Pinwheel? Parenting is challenging, requiring both patience and understanding, which are more difficult to achieve when the parent is experiencing financial, family, or health stressors, such as domestic violence, health problems, marital conflict, or unemployment. Resilient parents have the flexibility and inner strength to withstand the challenges of daily life as well as an occasional crisis.

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How can families get involved in programs provided at A Child’s Haven? Parent Education and Parent Enrichment groups are provided for families involved with A Child’s Haven for families currently or formerly enrolled, but are also available to community participants. Parents interested in participating in the Parenting groups can call 864298-0025 for more information.

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Protective Factor: Strengthening Family Connections Juggling the demands of work, home, and other responsibilities leaves many families feeling like they do not have nearly enough time with their children. But even small acts of kindness, protection, and caring—a hug, a smile, or loving words—make a big difference to children. Research shows that babies who receive affection and nurturing from their parents have the best chance of developing into children, teens, and adults who are happy, healthy, and competent. Research also shows that a consistent relationship with a caring adult in the early years is associated with better grades, healthier behaviors, more positive peer interactions, and an increased ability to cope with stress later in life.

Infant brains develop best when a few stable caregivers work to understand and meet the infant’s need for love, affection, and stimulation. Conversely, neglectful and abusive parenting can have a negative effect on brain development. A lack of contact or interaction with a caregiver can change the infant’s body chemistry, resulting in a reduction in the growth hormones essential for brain and heart development. Furthermore, children who lack early emotional attachments will have a difficult time relating to peers. As children grow, nurturing by parents and other caregivers remains important for healthy physical and emotional development.

TIPS FOR FAMILIES TO SHOW HOW MUCH THEY LOVE EACH OTHER • Make time to listen to your children. • Be involved and interested in your child’s school and other activities. • Stay aware of your child or teen’s interests and friends. • Be willing to advocate for the child when necessary. • Take a few minutes at the end of each day to connect with your children with a hug, a smile, a song or a few minutes of listening and talking. • Find ways to engage your children while completing everyday tasks (meals, shopping, driving in the car). Talk about what you are doing, ask them questions or play simple games (such as “I spy”). • Help your child make a list of their greatest gifts and talents. • If your child brings home a good grade, put it on the refrigerator and celebrate the success.

2013 Pinwheel Partner Spotlight LaVonda Bowman

OWNER, SMALL IMPRESSIONS CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER

What do you like best about Greenville? I love its down home atmosphere.

or teachers’ conferences to celebrate accomplishments or discuss behavioral issues. Parental involvement is stressed in every aspect of the child’s educational experiences. Parenting workshops are also held to assist in educating the child at home, and how to approach a child’s performance in school with their teacher.

What is your favorite thing to do with your family? My favorite thing to do with my family is to dine out at various restaurants. How has Small Impressions impacted child/family relationships? Small Impressions serves not only as a childcare provider, but as a social service connector for the parents and families of the students enrolled (we serve the family as a whole). We utilize relationships in the social services arena to reduce obstacles in the lives of the children and their parents. Whether it is assisting parents with obtaining employment, shelter, medical insurance, child care vouchers, medical appointments, school conferences, and/

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and interactive reading and play, with the end result being a school ready child. NFP also works because it links parents with other community resources. NFP nurses are trained to help the mother identify what she needs to be successful. This can be anything from assisting with opening a bank account, to getting a library card, to enrolling in a GED or college program.

NURSE MANAGER, NURSE FAMILY PARTNERSHIP WITHIN THE GREENVILLE HEALTH SYSTEM

What do you like best about Greenville? Greenville is the best of all worlds. All the luxuries of a large city with the feel of a small community. What is Nurse Family Partnership (NFP)? NFP is a voluntary program for first-time, low-income mothers. These mothers are paired with a nurse who visits them in their home twice a month from early pregnancy until their baby is 2 years of age. How is NFP most effective? NFP helps equip first-time mothers with the skills needed to be successful parents. NFP has 30

How many Greenville families have been impacted by NFP? Over 650

years of evidence-based research demonstrating that it breaks the cycle of poverty. NFP starts with helping these young moms to have healthy pregnancies and continues to build their parenting skills through education, developmental screens

Jumpbunch of Greenville Sports skills and physical fitness for children. Over 70 activities available through our tailor-made programs. Call today and ask about our special programs for summer camps. We also have birthday party packages! Joanna Newcomer, Head Coach

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How can our community support NFP? We are always in need of donations of baby supplies, diapers, wipes, toys, children’s books, maternity clothes, and baby clothes to share with moms. Contact Lisa at lskinner@ghs.org if you would like to get involved.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS: SHALOMFEST

PARENTS ENCOURAGING PARENTS & PROPARENTS PRESENTS: POSITIVE BEHAVIOR INTERVENTIONS

Sunday, April 14 – 2:30-3:30pm Temple of Israel ShalomFest the only Jewish festival in the Upstate. ShalomFest is a FREE festival. Featured activities include: cooking demonstrations, live music, dancing demonstrations, blintzes and bagels, a mock Bat Mitzvah and a Passover Seder. Visit www.templeofisrael.org/shalomfest for more information.

Saturday, April 20 – 6-8pm Cudd Memorial Baptist Church, 1301 Boiling Springs Rd., Spartanbrug For Professionals and Parents of children with special needs. Topics will include: Behavioral Intervention Plans, Functional Behavioral Assessments, and Positive Behavior Instruction. Free and open to the public, Call 803-7725688 or 800-759-4776 to register.

CHILDREN COPE WITH DIVORCE – TRANSPARENTING Saturday, April 20 – 9am-1pm Compass of Carolina, 1100 Rutherford Rd., Greenville This program is for separating/ divorcing parents who want to learn how to help their children move through the challenging process

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WEEK OF THE YOUNG CHILD PICNIC IN THE PARK of divorce. The cost of this seminar is $50/person which includes educational materials. Additional information available at www.compassofcarolina.org.

Wednesday, April 24 Pavilion Recreation Complex An afternoon of free family friendly projects including pinwheel finger painting, games, and activities.

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Protective Factor: Understanding Your Child’s Development Knowledge of parenting and child development: Families know how children grow Families who understand the usual course of child development are more likely to be able to provide their children with respectful communication, consistent rules and expectations, and opportunities that promote independence. But no parent can be an expert on all aspects of infant, child, and teenage development or on the most effective ways to support a child at each stage. When families are not aware of normal developmental milestones, interpret their child’s behaviors in a negative way, or do not know how to respond to and effectively manage a child’s behavior, they can become frustrated and may resort to harsh discipline. As children grow and mature, families need

to continue to learn and change how they respond to their children’s needs. Information about child development and parenting may come from many sources, including extended families, cultural practices, media, formal parent education classes, and a parent’s own experiences. Interacting with other children of similar ages helps parents better understand their own child. Observing other caregivers who use positive techniques for managing children’s behavior also provides an opportunity for families to learn healthy alternatives. Parenting styles need to be adjusted for each child’s unique temperament and circumstances. Families of children with special needs may benefit from additional coaching and support to reduce frustration and help them become the parents their children need.

TIPS FOR FAMILIES TO LEARN NEW THINGS ABOUT RAISING CHILDREN AND WHAT THEY CAN DO AT DIFFERENT AGES. • Explore parenting questions with your family doctor, child’s teacher, family or friends. • Check out parenting books and magazines at your local library. • Subscribe to a magazine, website, or online newsletter about child development. • Take a parenting class at a local community center (these often have sliding fee scales). • Sit and observe what your child can and cannot do. • Share what you learn with anyone who cares for your child. • Take advantage of opportunities where you can watch your child interact with other children and caregivers. Learn new techniques from professionals on how they best work with children. • Talk to other parents about their own experiences with their children.

2013 Pinwheel Partner Spotlight Erica McCleskey DIRECTOR OF BOOST GREENVILLE (BUILDING OUT OF SCHOOL TIME)

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How does quality Out of School time impact child/family relationships? Access to quality childcare and afterschool care is a key component of financial stability. Knowing that my children are safe, in loving care, and exposing them to different types

of programming/activities like soccer, help my husband and I feel like we can continue working full time.

What do you like best about Greenville? After growing up in larger cities, like New Orleans, Houston and London, I have come to appreciate Greenville’s smaller size and that it offers all the amenities of a larger city like festivals, performing and visual arts, restaurants, sport events.

What one piece of advice would you give to a new parent? The most important thing a baby needs is LOVE. Enjoy every minute with your baby. Physically connect by holding, hugging, kissing with your baby. Talk, dance, sing, read books. And the other is, do what is best for your family. What works for one family may or may not work for another.

Favorite thing to do with your family: I love visiting one of Greenville’s many incredible parks.

Name one book you enjoy reading to children: Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney

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2013 Pinwheel Partner Spotlight Jane Witowski MANGER, HEALTHY CHILD DEVELOPMENT, GHS CHILDREN’S ADVOCACY

Describe Help Me Grow: Help Me Grow-SC is an innovative program that promotes the early detection of children at risk for developmental or behavioral concerns. Led by Children’s Hospital of the Greenville Health System, Help Me Grow-SC supports families in learning about their child’s developmental needs and connects them to community resources. As part of the national Help Me Grow network, South Carolina is one of 17 states replicating this best practice system of statewide, coordinated care for early identification and referral of children at risk for developmental and behavioral problems.

How does Help me Grow help parents? If you have questions about your child’s development or behavior, expert care coordinators are available to assist you in routine developmental screening and accessing community services. There is no charge for this service.

Me Grow-SC depending on their need. Have questions about how your child plays, learns, speaks or acts? Need help in accessing community services and programs? Assisting a family member or

friend who is seeking information about developmental services? Call the Help Me Grow-SC child development info line 1-855-476-9211 to talk to an expert care coordinator.

Why are you involved with Project Pinwheel? Research tells us that knowledge of parenting and child development is a key factor in preventing child abuse or neglect. Help Me Grow-SC supports Project Pinwheel by offering families a variety of informational materials and community resources through which families acquire knowledge and skills related to child development, behavior, and milestones. How can families get involved? Families can get involved with Help

CALENDAR OF EVENTS: AUTISM CONNECTION: SUPPORT GROUP FOR PARENTS RAISING A CHILD WITH AUTISM Monday, April 1 – 6:30-8:30pm Center for Developmental Services, 29 North Academy Street, Greenville To RSVP and for more information, call 864-331-1340.

JELLY BEAN CHICK Wednesday, April 3 – 10:30am Hughes Main Library Listen to a story about fuzzy chicks then create one from jelly beans and pom-poms. Registration required. Call 527-9248. Reading Readiness Skill: Print Motivation.

LOOK! JUST BEING A KID, PHOTO EXHIBIT Friday, April 26 Hughes Main Library exhibit featuring Family Connection SC

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Sponsored by Metropolitan Arts Council and The Children’s Hospital of Greenville Health System, this self directed photo exhibit features a series of portraits of children with special needs and special health care needs.

FAMILY FUN DAY AND YARD SALE Saturday, April 27 – 8am-12pm Center for Community Services in Simpsonville

Pick up your copy of Pinwheel Tales,, a CD collection of children’s stories & songs by Greenville’s finest! Visit www.projectpinwheel.com for info. Brought to you by Greenville First Steps

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First Presbyterian Church-Simpsonville Foothills Family Resource Fountain Inn Day Care Four Winds CDC and Academy Furman University CDC Furman University Soccer Team Gateway Academy-Pelham Road Genco Pools and Spas Greenville Health System* Girls on the Run Glassy Mountain Fire District Greenville Chamber of Commerce Greenville County Courthouse Greenville County Law Enforcement Center Greenville County Library System Greenville County Rec-Brushy Creek Soccer Complex, The Pavilion, Westside Park*

Aldersgate CDC

Allen Temple AME Church

Amanda Henry’s Popcorn Parlor

April Breton, Coldwell Banker Caine

Augusta Heights Baptist Church

Bethel United Methodist Church

Boost Greenville

Bright Eyes Kindergarten

Buncombe Street United Methodist Church CDC

Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe

Camp Opportunity

Cancer Society of Greenville County

Center for Developmental Services

Chick Fil A Restaurants*

Christ Church Episcopal

City Kids CDC

Greenville Forward Greenville Journal Greenville News Greenville Technical College CDC Homes of Hope, Inc. Jelly Beans Hair Design Julie Valentine Center Karrie’s Specialty Deli & Pub

Clearview Baptist Church

Communities in Schools Sites*

Compass of Carolina

Crockett Pediatric Dentistry

Disciples CDC

DNA Creative Communications

Engenius

Greenville First Steps

Greenville Family Partnership

City of Simpsonville-Clock Tower, Heritage Park, Woodside Park*

City of Greer-Greer City Park, Kids Planet, Needmore Center*

Greenville County School District-CDCs*

Greenville County Square

Fairway Ford

Adams Homes

City of Greenville-Cleveland Park, Viola Park, Linky Stone Park, North Main Park, Community Centers*

Envirocare Landscape Management

A Child’s Haven

South Carolina Association for the Education of Young Children – Clemson University Chapter

Sonshine Learning Center

Small Impressions CDC

Simpsonville United Methodist Preschool & Kindergarten

SHARE Head Start Centers*

Shannon Forest Christian School

Safe Harbor Administrative Offices

Roper Mountain Science Center

ReWiGo

Renfrew Academy/CDC

Redemption World Outreach Center

Public Education Partners

Piedmont Park Fire District

Pendleton Place for Children and Families

Pelham Woods Neighborhood

Pelham Road Elementary

Pelham Road Baptist Church CDC

Park Place Children’s Center

Noah’s Ark Learning Center

Nicholtown Missionary Baptist Church

Mountain Creek Baptist Church

Morningside Baptist Church

Monkey Joes

Monica Parkkonen Photography

Meyer Center for Special Children

Mast General Store

Long Branch Baptist Church

Local Taco

Little Steps

YWCA of Greenville

YouthBASE

YMCA of Greenville*

Wren Circle/Mauldin UMC

White Horse Academy

* indicates multiple locations

West End Community Development Center

Wade Hampton Fire Department

UU World of Children

USC Upstate-University Center

Urban League

Upstate Fatherhood

United Way of Greenville County

United Way Child Care Resource and Referral

Unique Kidz at Davis Academy

Trinity CDC

The Little Gym

The International Center

Temple of Israel Early Childhood Education Center

Taylors Fire District

Support Outreach Services, Inc Thrift Store

Studio 7 Salon

Sticky Fingers

Stewart and Crouch Law

Sterling Community Center

St. Giles Preschool

St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School

South Greenville Fire District

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Parental Resilience: Families are strong and flexible Families who can cope with the stresses of everyday life as well as an occasional crisis have resilience—the flexibility and inner strength to bounce back when things are not going well. Families with resilience also know how to seek help in times of trouble. Their ability to deal with life’s ups and downs serves as a model of coping behavior for their children. Multiple life stressors, such as a family history of abuse or neglect, physical and mental health problems, marital conflict, substance abuse, and domestic or community violence— and financial stressors such as unemployment, financial insecurity, and homelessness—can reduce a

parent’s capacity to cope effectively with the typical day-to-day stresses of raising children. All families have inner strengths or resources that can serve as a foundation for building their resilience. These may include faith, flexibility, humor, communication skills, problem-solving skills, mutually supportive caring relationships, or the ability to identify and access outside resources and services when needed. All of these qualities strengthen their capacity to parent effectively, and they can be nurtured and developed through concrete skill-building activities or through supportive interactions with others.

TIPS FOR FAMILIES TO HAVE COURAGE DURING STRESS AND THE ABILITY TO BOUNCE BACK FROM CHALLENGES • Take quiet time to reenergize: Take a bath, write, sing, laugh, play, drink a cup of tea. • Do some physical exercise: Walk, stretch, do yoga, lift weights, dance. • Share your feelings with someone you trust.

• Do you find yourself stressed at the same time each day (on the way to school, at dinner time, at bedtime?) What is happening during those time? Is there anything that could be done to make these times less stressful?

• Escape to a movie and be transported to story different from your own.

• Before your raise your voice, take a deep breathe and count to ten. Come back to the task later.

• Surround yourself with people who support you and make you feel good about yourself.

• What are the long-term dreams for your family? What are the little steps you need to help you get there?

• Accept help from others.

• Eat healthy meals

• Walk away from stressful situations. You can return later.

• Follow a consistent routine.

• Exercise.

2013 Pinwheel Partner Spotlight Steve Bailey CEO AND CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF MERUS – REFRESHMENT SERVICES INC. – SOUTH CAROLINAS SMALL BUSINESS PERSON OF THE YEAR, 2009

Tell us about yourself: Merus is a South Carolina based office coffee service company with offices in Charlotte NC as well as Columbia SC, headquartered in Greenville, SC. I have a passion for small business development in our community and I enjoy working with various organizations like the Greenville Chamber and the Clemson Small Business Development Center.

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Tell us about your family: My wife of 27 years, Donna Bailey, is an RN for GHS is Greer. I have two children; Catherine, 23, graduated from Clemson, and my son Preston, 19, is a second year student at Clemson. Family is very important to me and my wife. We enjoy spending time with our children and our extended family. How did you get involved in School Readiness projects? I became interested in School Readiness when it became obvious to me that the business community was not focused enough on the critical early years of our children’s development. The United Way of Greenville County’s School Readiness Roadmap has been my focus for the past two years

because I believe it will become the blueprint for school readiness in our community.

What is the single piece of advice you would give to a new parent? Remember that children are born learning! Education doesn’t start with the first grade, it starts the moment a child is born. New parents should come to understand that they will be their child’s first and most important teacher. One of the most important is reading to your child! Reading to your children every day even when they are very young has such a positive impact on a child’s development. Make sure your child feels safe and loved, and instill in them a sense of wonder and curiosity.

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2013 Pinwheel Partner Spotlight Dr. Tom LeGrand, PASTOR AUGUSTA HEIGHTS BAPTIST CHURCH

How did you get involved with Augusta Heights? I was lucky that they called me as pastor; and lucky that they were crazy enough to do that! One thing that drove me to apply to AHBC was their presence in the community and their mission-minded attitude. Augusta Heights’ motto is Missions and Ministry and we strive hard to live up to that motto in all that we do. What role does the faith community play in keeping families safe and connected? Churches are becoming advocates for family worship rather than fragmented worship among age/social groups. We are here to support children

and families, but also to BE family for those who are disconnected from theirs, for whatever reason. What one piece of advice would you give a new parent? Work to cherish every moment. You’ve heard it a hundred times, but it really does go by far too fast and you are going to miss it someday (other than the diapers, maybe).

CALENDAR OF EVENTS: ROLLERCOASTERS, A CURRICULUM FOR CHILDREN OF CHANGE

FRIDAYS BY THE FOUNTAIN

Thursday, April 11 – 5:30-6:30 pm Compass of Carolina, 1100 Rutherford Rd., Greenville

Family-friendly outdoor concert. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy a FREE night of music with the kids.

This 8-week class is designed for children ages 9-12 who are experiencing changes in their family due to separation, divorce or remarriage. Group activities include games, discussion, role play and hands-on activities. Class begins April 11 and runs through May. $10 for each weekly session. A non-refundable $20 deposit is required to register.www.compassofcarolina.org

Friday, April 12– 7pm, Fountain Inn

HEALTHY KIDS DAY Saturday, April 13 – 10am-2pm Hollingsworth Outdoor Center and the Y Adams Mill Program Center Free family-friendly event.

DHEC PUBLIC COMMENT ON SNAP NUTRITION GUIDELINES Thursday, April 18 – 5:30-7:30pm Greenville County Council Chambers (Greenville County Square) Opportunity to hear about new SNAP nutrition guidelines, and to provide public comment.

What is your favorite book to read to your children? My daughter would sit down with a stack and want to read all of them. But we wore out Miss Spider’s Tea Party. Great message.

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CONGRATS GREENVILLE FIRST STEPS – RECIPIENT OF THE 2013 ERIN HARDWICK AWARD FOR NON PROFIT EXCELLENCE FROM SCANPO Brought to you by Greenville First Steps

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The Importance of a REAL Social Network Protective Factor Explained: Social connections – Families need friends Families with a network of emotionally supportive friends, family, and neighbors often find that it is easier to care for their children and themselves. Most parents need people they can call on once in a while when they need a sympathetic listener, advice, or concrete support such as transportation or occasional child care. A parent’s supportive relationships also model positive social interactions for children, while giving children access to other supportive adults. On the other hand, research has shown that families who are isolated and have few social

connections are at higher risk for child abuse and neglect. Being new to a community, recently divorced, or a first-time parent makes a support network even more important. It may require extra effort for these families to build the new relationships they need. Some parents may need to develop self-confidence and social skills to expand their social networks. Helping families identify resources and/or providing opportunities for them to make connections within their neighborhoods or communities may encourage isolated parents to reach out. Often, opportunities exist within faith-based organizations, schools, hospitals, community centers, and other places where support groups or social groups meet.

TIPS FOR FAMILIES TO HAVE FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS TO HELP OUT AND PROVIDE EMOTIONAL SUPPORT • Participate in neighborhood activities such as potluck dinners, street fairs, picnics or block parties. • When your children are playing in a public park or recreational activities, speak to other parents and find things you have in common. • Volunteer to help in your child’s classroom and at school events with other parents. • Offer to meet another family at the park or library. • Join a playgroup or online support group of parents with children at similar ages. • Find a church, temple, or mosque that welcomes and supports families.

• Don’t be afraid to ask another parent if they have experienced situations similar to yours. Be willing to start a conversation.

2013 Pinwheel Partner Spotlight Nicole Shea

and riding trails, library branches in various communities, local water parks, the Children’s Museum, and numerous family and children friendly activities and festivals.

INFANT TODDLER SPECIALIST, SC PROGRAM FOR INFANT TODDLER CARE

Describe your work with South Carolina Program for Infant Toddler Care (SCPITC): The South Carolina Program for Infant/Toddler Care provides resources, training, coaching and mentoring to the care teachers who shape the futures of our youngest children. SCPITC Infant/ Toddler Specialists are located across South Carolina, including the Greenville area. They offer personalized training for those who care for children under 3 years old. SCPITC services support infant/ toddler caregivers’ understanding of child development and build skills in providing relationship-based care

What activities do you like to do with your family? As a family, we enjoy playing at the local parks, participating in sports and activities at our YMCA branch, and having play dates with friends. What is one tip you would share with a new parent? I would encourage new parents to learn as much as possible about available services, churches, organizations, and agencies that support children and families. Even in the 21st Century, it still takes a village to raise and support a family. that creates the foundation needed to develop our babies into curious, secure, thoughtful citizens.

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Pinwheel Partner Spotlight Jessie McGuire, CHILDCARE COORDINATOR, CAINE HALTER FAMILY YMCA

What is your favorite thing to do in Greenville with your family? I am a transplant to Greenville from Detroit, and one thing I miss most about Michigan winters is hockey. We LOVE the Greenville Road Warriors. Its such a great experience, and I am happy to have hockey back in our lives. How did you get involved with the YMCA? The Y is not a gym. The Y is a movement helping the people of Greenville become healthier in spirit, mind, and body. I am drawn to how the Y has embraced the Search Institute’s 40 developmental assests, which serve as a checklist for what children and adolescents need be healthy, well adjusted adults. Its not about the programs, it about the impact the programs have on children and families. Why are you involved with Project Pinwheel? The Y is the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities through youth development,

healthy living and social responsibility. Y programs — including after school care, summer camp, aquatics, and youth sports like soccer and basketball — keep kids physically strong and mentally sharp. But, these programs also provide an opportunity for parents to unwind, talk to other parents, to get perspective from others about what they are going through. Whether its side by side on a treadmill, or standing on a soccer sideline, parents can build a social network with others.

How can families get involved? That’s the great thing about the Caine Halter Y, there are countless opportunities to get involved. You can coach a youth sports team, or volunteer to read to the children in the nursery. You can help welcome new members, or support the Open Doors campaign that raises scholarship dollars to fund opportunities for families to afterschool, sports, or adventure guides who may not have the resources to participate on their own. Last year alone we raised over $790,000 to support families and children in our community. What resources are available? The YMCA of Greenville’s Open Doors Annual Community Support Campaign ensures that everyone in Greenville has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. At the Y, no child, family or adult is turned away for an inability to pay. To learn more, just visit the member services desk at any Greenville YMCA or visit us online at www.ymcagreenville.org

CALENDAR OF EVENTS: YMCA CAMP GREENVILLE: EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE Sunday, March 31 at 6am Pretty Place Chapel Head up to Pretty Place chapel for an incredible Sunrise Service. Stick around to explore camp. Great in-town family road trip! GREENVILLE HERITAGE MAIN STREET FRIDAYS Friday, April 19 beginnins at 5:30pm N. Main Street, Greenville FREE music on North Main Street.

COME DREAM WITH ME PROM Sunday, May 19 from 6-9pm Hilton, 45 W. Orchard Park Dr., Greenville Family Connection of South Carolina is making dreams come true for young adults with special healthcare needs by hosting a spectacular Prom. Join us for a night of dancing, food, refreshments, music, entertainment and much, much more! To RSVP and for more information, call 864-331-1340.

Remption World Outreach Center is proud to support Project Pinwheel for the second year! www.wroc.org

Pick up your copy of Pinwheel Tales,, a CD collection of children’s stories & songs by Greenville’s finest! Visit www.projectpinwheel.com for info. Brought to you by Greenville First Steps

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Access to Services: Concrete supports in times of need Families whose basic needs (for food, clothing, housing, and transportation) are met have more time and energy to devote to their children’s safety and well-being. When families do not have steady financial resources, lack health insurance, or face a family crisis (such as a natural disaster or the incarceration of a parent), their ability to support their children’s healthy development may be at

risk. Some families also may need assistance connecting to social service supports such as alcohol and drug treatment, domestic violence counseling or public benefits. Finding resources in the community may help prevent the stress that sometimes precipitates child maltreatment and the unintended neglect that sometimes occurs when families are unable to provide for their children.

TIPS FOR FAMILIES TO FIND HELP TO MEET DAY-TO-DAY NEEDS, INCLUDING HOUSING, FOOD, HEALTH CARE, EDUCATION AND COUNSELING • Make a list of people or places to call for help and resources. • Check out local agencies that help people find jobs and increase their skills and knowledge. • Ask the director of your child’s school or church to host a Community Resource Night, so you (and other parents) can see what help your community offers.

• Dial “2-1-1” to find out about organizations that support families in your area. • Connect with your church, temple or mosque for support programs.

2013 Pinwheel Partner Spotlight Since 1975, Pendleton Place has been a place of safety and comfort for children hurt by abuse and neglect. Much more than just a roof over their heads, Pendleton Place provides the structure, support and guidance children need to begin the healing process. Pendleton Place is committed to innovative approaches that will establish a community where children are safe, families are strong and victims become whole again.

Laurie Rovin

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, PENDLETON PLACE FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

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How did you get involved with Pendleton Place? Since I was young, I have had a passion for abused and neglected children. Prior to my years at United Way for Greenville County, I worked 20 years at four different residential

homes for either disabled or abused and neglected children. I joined Pendleton Place in May 2011 with a desire to implement strategies that could produce positive outcomes for children and families. How many families were served last year? Pendleton Place served 80 children last year in its residential program for abused and neglected youth (providing a total of 5,083 nights of care).

What resources are available for families? Spring 2013, Pendleton Place will offer supervised visitation and safe custody exchange services for families in conflict or at-risk of abuse or neglect. This program will be open to the public, many of which will be private or court ordered cases. How can volunteers help? Children come to Pendleton Place for many different reasons, but all need nurture and support during a period of crisis in their lives. In addition to our highly trained staff, volunteers enrich our children’s lives by sharing their experiences, skills, and talents. For more information contact: www. pendletonplace.org 864.467.3650

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2013 Pinwheel Partner Spotlight Lisa Colby

DIRECTOR OPERATIONS AND INITIATIVES, UNITED WAY OF GREENVILLE COUNTY

Describe 2-1-1: 2-1-1 is a FREE resource and referral hotline. Much like 9-1-1 handles emergency situations by dialing 3 simple, easy to remember numbers, 2-1-1 allows people to call one number to get connected to a variety of health and human services at locations closest to them. The call is free within Greenville County. Bilingual (Spanish) operators are available.

How did the United Way get involved with 2-1-1? United Way of Greenville County has maintained a contract with 2-1-1 for several years. Recently we’ve stepped up awareness and marketing of the service in order to spread the word about its usefulness to individuals, nonprofit service providers, the faith community, and public entities like the school district.

How many families were served last year? 19,161 individuals called 2-1-1 last year. Who can benefit from 2-1-1? People with specific needs such as health issues, homelessness, abuse, food insecurity, tax preparation, etc. who aren’t sure what resources are available or where to turn for help. 2-1-1 has an up-to-date database that the call center staff use to access information, including location of services, appointment times, and other information not easily accessed by the public. For more information call 2-1-1 or contact Lisa Colby, Director of Operations & Initiatives, 864-467-3548.

CALENDAR: ACCESS TO SERVICES SAFE CHILDREN, HEALTHY FAMILIES CONFERENCE Wednesday, April 17 from 10am-4pm Medallion Conference Center, 7309 Garners Ferry Rd., Columbia This conference will give participants a better understanding of how South Carolina Serves at risk families and how the Department of Social Services and their vendors work to strengthen families and create positive change for children. https://childrensstrustofsc. wufoo.com/forms/p7p0k5/

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GREENVILLE PARACYCLING OPEN

Friday, April 19 beginngin at 7pm Greenville Library, Hughes Main Library

Saturday, April 20 through Sunday, April 21 CU-ICAR at TD Bank

Celebrate Día del niño/Día del libro a.k.a Day of the Child/Day of the Book with us as we enjoy a FREE concert with the nationally acclaimed Latina performers Criss Cross Mangosauce! You’ll also have the opportunity to spin our prize wheel, answer a question, and win a book.

The only advance opportunity for the world’s best athletes to compete on, ride and experience the course for the UCI Para-Cycling Road World Championship. The athletes will compete in a Time Trial on April 20th with the first athlete starting at 11am and a Road Race on April 21st with the 1st race starting at 8am. The start/finish line will be on Carolina Point Parkway in front of TD Bank. www.greenvillesc2014.com

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CONGRATS GREENVILLE FIRST STEPS – RECIPIENT OF THE 2013 ERIN HARDWICK AWARD FOR NON PROFIT EXCELLENCE FROM SCANPO Brought to you by Greenville First Steps

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PROJECT PINWHEEL PRESENT’S

Pinwheel Tales Project pinwheel present’s Pinwheel Tales, a compilation CD featuring local

artists, celebrities, and friends singing children’s songs and telling stories. The CD will be distributed to families in participating child care centers, nonprofits and churches – and it is also available for sale to the public as a fundraiser. In 2013, Pinwheel Tales features… Doug Jones, from Cravin’ Melon Furman University a capella band the FUTones City Councilwomen Jil LIttlejohn and Amy Ryberg-Doyle Furman University presidet, Rod Smolla

and many more…

For information on purchasing the CD, visit www.ProjectPinwheel.com.

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THANK YOU TO OUR SUPPORTERS

Amanda Henry’s Popcorn Parlor

Envirocare Landscape Management

Monkey Joes

April Breton, Coldwell Banker Caine

Genco Pools and Spa JHM Hotels

Redemption World Outreach Center

Camille’s Sidewalk Café

Jumpbunch Greenville

Shannon Forest Christian School

Crockett Pediatric Dentistry

Monica Parkkonen Photography

Stewart & Crouch Attorneys at Law

IN KIND SPONSORS Chick-Fil-A Fairway Advertising Furman University Men’s Soccer Mast General Store Sticky Fingers A special thanks to the Hollingsworth Funds for making Project Pinwheel possible.

Partners Ashlee B. Crouch & C. Richard Stewart specialize in real estate litigation, family law, veteran’s disability benefits, and business debt collections. Contact us today for advice concerning your legal matters. 864.235.2019 law@stewartandcrouch.com stewartandcrouch.com 11Whitsett Street Greenville, SC 29601 Brought to you by Greenville First Steps

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Taking Steps for Our Children Children’s Hospital of Greenville Health System (GHS) thanks Greenville First Steps for leading the way in the prevention of child abuse. We all take child abuse prevention a step in the right direction by caring for our most valuable resource—our children. At GHS Children’s Hospital, we provide patients and their families the full spectrum of care—medical to emotional needs, primary to specialty services and prevention to rehabilitation. We recognize that children aren’t small adults, and one size doesn’t fit all, so we deliver “whole child” care that’s just the right size. Working together, we can keep our children healthy and safe. Let’s step up!

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