Uniting for Early Childhood Day

Friday, January 30, 2015


early childhood stock photoA great experience for decision-makers of the future! Fun activities for kids, materials for caregivers, and a chance to see the legislature in session. Activities include temporary tattoos, crayon wheels, a guessing game, a feelings faces colors station, snacks, and more. FREE and open to the public. Please join us between 8 AM and NOON on Friday, January 30, 2015. Co-sponsored by ECCS and PCAND.

(Updated January 26, 2015)


2015 Legislative Session


nd capitolThe 64th legislative session is underway, and PCAND staff and volunteers are advocating daily for children and families. We also provide bill tracking services on behalf of the North Dakota Children's Justice Alliance. Visit our Legislative Session 2015 page for ongoing updates. For  additional information, contact Karen Van Fossan, Communications Director, at 701.223.9052 or karenvan @ pcand.org.

(Updated January 27, 2015) 


Caring Community Award


There are caring communities across North Dakota. Nominate your favorite for the 2015 Caring Community Award! A caring community is a place where children are nurtured, families are supported, and community members take into their own hands the work of preventing child abuse and neglect. A caring community may be an organization of like-minded individuals, an entity like a business or agency, or a full town or neighborhood that has many entities working together to support children. These communities help prevent isolation of children and families -- and are crucial to preventing the stressors that can lead to child maltreatment.

Applications are due February 15, 2015. Awardees will be celebrated throughout Child Abuse Prevention Month, featured on local media, and recipients of great multigenerational prizes. We look forward to hearing from you.

(Updated January 14, 2015) 


4th Annual Home Visiting Conference


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(Posted January 15, 2015) 


 Art Contest Winners


Coloring WinnerPoster Winner


Congratulations, Nakia Nelson, who created this powerful artwork (left) as a 6th grader at Trinity Christian School in Williams Co!

 Congratulations as well to Kaydance Heller, who created this inspiring artwork (right) as a 2nd grader at Lewis & Clark Elementary in Williams Co! 

Thank you for using your talents to prevent child abuse/neglect and support peace in our homes.

(Posted October 15, 2014)


 Hello, Kids! 


Thank you for visiting. Now we have kid stuff on our page.

It's not easy to talk about child abuse. But to end it, we need to talk about it. Every kid deserves to be safe. Would you like to help?

You can... (Click on the pics.)


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If you are not safe, talk to a trusted adult. If you don't get help, talk to another adult. Keep trying until you get help.

We will add more kid stuff soon. Come back again! And check out our coloring books today.

(Posted April 6, 2014)


0% Child Abuse


Can you envision it? What if we could reduce child abuse and neglect by 100%? What if every child in North Dakota could wake up every morning nurtured and safe? What if the solutions were in our hands?

North Dakota now has a concrete vision for eliminating child abuse and neglect:

1. Community.

2. Commitment.

3. Access.

4. Policy.

Look at our easy-to-read Vision for North Dakota's Families. Then contact info @ pcand.org to give us your feedback, share your vision, and get your community -- or yourself -- involved. 

(Updated January 13, 2014)


Adverse Childhood Experiences


"Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) can have profound effects on the lifelong health of adults," the North Dakota Department of Health reports. A recent National Survey of Children’s Health provides data on nine ACEs among U.S. children. The survey shows that nearly half of North Dakota children age 0 through 17 have experienced one or more ACEs -- which translates into an estimated 65,000 children in North Dakota. In addition, 1 of every 5 North Dakota children has experienced two or more ACEs. More information is available through the Data Resource Center for Child & Adolescent Health.

(Posted October 10, 2013)


"What Can I Do?"


Make a Personal Commitment to Prevention

As an adult, I understand that I can help prevent child abuse and neglect by supporting families and communities to be nurturing to children. I commit to:

1.      Consider how any decision would impact child abuse and neglect. Would this decision – in my personal, work, or social life – make children more or less vulnerable? How would it support families and communities to be nurturing to children?

2.      Be a supportive neighbor. If I see a family or child under stress, how can I be caring and supportive? Instead of viewing the family or child as outsiders, how can I offer them a sense of belonging in the community?

3.      Report suspected child abuse and neglect. Children who are abused and neglected need support from trained adults. If I am concerned that a child may be abused or neglected, I will contact the police or social services, anonymously if necessary; if nothing seems to change, I will contact them again.

(Posted September 2013)





There are many ways to join TEAM PCAND. You can be a friend to a child, help a parent or caregiver, start a block party, report suspected abuse, and more.

Now you can also purchase a TEAM PCAND running jersey! Each jersey is just $20, plus $5 shipping and handling. Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 701.223.9052 and order yours today! Supplies are limited.

(Posted August 29, 2013)


Suspected Child Neglect/Abuse

If you're concerned that a child is being neglected or abused, it is crucial that you make a report to the police or social services. Children who are experiencing abuse or neglect need support from trained adults. You can make an anonymous report through the North Dakota Child Protection Program website.

(Posted February 22, 2013)


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