Not Just for April: Great Tools to Use with Parents All Year Long

It’s the last day of Child Abuse Prevention Month, but the resources we unveiled in April are tools you can use all year long with the children and families you serve. Have you explored our Parenting Can Be Tough campaign page, where you can download most materials for free? Here are some of our favorite new tools and how you can use them:

Hang these on a parent’s diaper bag or backpack:

“My Child is Misbehaving” Diaper Bag Tags
“Mi hijo se esta portando mal” Diaper Bag Tags (Spanish)

Use these flash cards to help begin parenting discussions and meet parents where they are:

Parenting Can Be Tough Flash Cards (Bilingual English & Spanish)

Have parents post these Routine Cards where children can use them to check off tasks in the morning and at night:


Morning & Evening Routine Cards for Toddlers (Bilingual English & Spanish)

Hand a parent one of these “You’ve Got This!” folded cards when they need a special reminder:

“You’ve got this!” Leave-Behind Card (in English)
“¡Puedes hacerlo!” Leave-Behind Card (in Spanish)

Hang this poster to remind parents it’s okay to keep asking questions:

Parenting Can Be Tough Posters (Bilingual, English & Spanish)

And don’t forget to explore our Parent Resource Center (download the app!) where you can find more resources, including our newest series of fact sheets focused on parents of toddlers:

• Keep Toddlers Safe: KIDS & ROUTINES
• Look at Your Family: STRESS AND TRAUMA

It’s Here! Year 2 of SCAN’s “Parenting Can Be Tough” Campaign

To kick off Child Abuse Prevention Month, SCAN is launching the second year of its 4-year Parenting Can Be Tough public education campaign in Northern Virginia. Year 1 focused on resources for parents of infants; Year 2 focuses on parents of toddlers. But many resources — including things like parent support cards and various fact sheets — are tools that can help all parents. (Year 3 and 4 will focus on school-aged children and teenagers.)

We encourage all community members to explore the newest resources, including:

QUESTION CARDS (English/Spanish)
POSTER (English/Spanish)
“You’ve got this!” CARD FOR PARENTS (English)
• “¡Puedes hacerlo!” CARD FOR PARENTS (Spanish)
• Keep Toddlers Safe: KIDS & ROUTINES
• Look at Your Family: STRESS AND TRAUMA

The campaign encourages parents to understand it is okay to ask for help and get support. (In fact, it makes for stronger families!) Suggestions include:

  • Ask parenting questions at the doctor’s office, childcare centers, schools or 1-800-CHILDREN 
  • Take a parenting class or join a parent support group. SCAN’s Parent Connection Resource Guide lists more than 50 across Northern Virginia. 
  • Find more information on SCAN’s online Parent Resource Center or download the FREE Parent Resource Center mobile app.

Follow the campaign with #parentingcanbetough and #serpadresdefamiliapuedeserdificil


Burke & Herbert Bank Raises $2,200 for SCAN in Support of Child Abuse Prevention

May 24, 2017 – Burke & Herbert Bank raised more than $2,200 for SCAN of Northern Virginia’s child abuse prevention programs through its an annual coin drive at branches throughout the month of April—National Child Abuse Prevention Month.  Many individuals and groups contributed to this successful campaign including elementary school students and administrators in Alexandria City Public Schools who contributed $140 of the total collected. Burke & Herbert Bank matched coin donations made at its branches with a $1,000 grant.

“Burke & Herbert Bank is proud to support SCAN and its work to prevent child abuse in our community,” said Terry Cole, Burke & Herbert Bank Executive Vice President. “The coin drive is a great way for our customers and team members to contribute to such a worthy cause.   As it has been during the past five years, their response was truly heartwarming.”

“Protecting children in our community is everyone’s responsibility. More than 7,000 children were reported as abused or neglected in Northern Virginia alone just last year. Yet, we know how to make a difference. Supporting parents and protecting children from abuse and trauma are critical to setting up our next generation for success,” said Sonia Quiñónez, SCAN’s Executive Director.  “That’s why SCAN is grateful for the generosity of partners like Burke & Herbert Bank and Alexandria City Public Schools who help us raise awareness across Northern Virginia about the devastating consequences of child abuse and invest in programs that work right here in our own community. “

Burke & Herbert Bank, established in 1852, is the oldest bank in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the oldest continuously operating bank in the Washington, D.C. area.  The Bank offers a full range of personal and business banking products and services to meet customers’ banking, borrowing and investing needs. Burke & Herbert Bank is headquartered in Alexandria and operates 25 branches in northern Virginia. Visit Member FDIC.

SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now) is located in Alexandria, VA.  Its mission is to promote the well-being of children, improve parent-child relations and prevent child abuse and neglect by:  educating the community about the scope, nature and consequences of child abuse and neglect and the importance of positive, nurturing parenting; providing direct parent education; and advocating for children in the community, the legislature and the court.  Visit to see how you can help.