Public Education Program

SCAN’s Public Education Program works to educate the public—from parents and caregivers to community leaders and neighbors—about positive parenting, preventing child abuse and strengthening families in Northern Virginia.

Northern Virginia Child Abuse Prevention Campaign: Parenting Can Be Tough
SCAN’s NEW community education campaign is Parenting can be tough: Asking for help doesn’t have to be! Based on the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study, it focuses on helping parents see the “whole child”, understand the impact of ACEs and reach out for help and support. This is Northern Virginia’s only comprehensive public education campaign focused on the prevention of child abuse and neglect. Launched every April for National Child Abuse Prevention Month, the campaign materials are used all year long by SCAN as well as other organizations in the Allies in Prevention Coalition to educate parents and energize community members to take an active role in the prevention of abuse and neglect.

The Allies in Prevention Coalition
SCAN launched the Allies in Prevention Coalition in 2004 to engage child and family welfare advocates in communicating regional messages to prevent child abuse and promote children’s well-being in Northern Virginia. Learn more.

Darkness to Light Training
SCAN of Northern Virginia is pleased to offer Stewards of Children training, the nationally recognized child sexual abuse prevention program. SCAN offers Stewards of Children trainings using curriculum developed by the Darkness to Light Foundation. Learn more.

Operation Safe Babies
OSB_logoREVERSEWith support from CareFirst and through a partnership with Cribs for Kids, SCAN facilitates Operation Safe Babies, a program focused on educating new parents about safe sleep for infants, providing cribs for families in need and delivering resources for families and babies in Northern Virginia. Learn more.

Connections Blog
SCAN’s blog brings child welfare professionals the current trends and valuable resources that will support their work to prevent child abuse and strengthen families in Northern Virginia and beyond….VISIT OUR BLOG

The Parenting Today Radio Show with Clear Channel Communications
SCAN produces a monthly radio show, Parenting Today, through a partnership with Clear Channel Communications. These regular segments address a variety of parenting challenges, and air on local radio stations including 98.7 WMZQ and HOT 99.5. Learn more.

SCAN Podcasts for Parents
Thanks to a grant from AT&T, SCAN offers a new way to share tips, resources and more with parents as they face the difficult job of raising children. Learn more.

SCAN Workshops
We encourage nonprofits, schools, government agencies and other community groups to host our workshops, which are based on SCAN’s existing programs as well as the expertise of SCAN staff. Workshops can be customized and are often available in English and Spanish. Learn more.