Cuesta College is recognizing April 2014 as Month of the Child and Child Abuse Prevention Month. According to a resolution recently passed by the college’s Board of Trustees, “the month serves as a time to recognize that children’s opportunities are our responsibilities, and to commit ourselves to ensuring that each and every child experiences a high quality early environment – at home, at child care, at school and in the community – that will promote their optimal development.”

In partnership with the San Luis Obispo Child Abuse Prevention Council and Cuesta College Early Childhood Education Department, Cuesta College will host the 6th Annual Child Abuse Prevention Academy on Friday, April 11th, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on the SLO Campus of the college in building 5400, room 5401. Free parking will be available in Lot 2.

Discussion topics include California child abuse and neglect reporting law and how to recognize child physical and sexual abuse. The keynote speaker is pediatrician Dr. Nisha Abdul Carter, who serves as a pediatric consultant for Martha’s Place Children’s Assessment Center in San Luis Obispo.

“This annual event is a positive experience for our students and community participants while addressing a most disturbing subject – the abuse of children,” said Don Norton, chair of Cuesta College’s human development and business education department. .

Registration for the academy is required. Cuesta College students can register by calling (805) 546-3263, while community members and providers can register by calling (805) 543-6216 or emailing All participants will receive a certificate of participation.

The community will also come together to celebrate the Day of the Child on April 12, 2014, with the 36th Annual Children’s Day in the Plaza. The event will take place from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. in downtown SLO’s Mission Plaza and feature a bike rodeo, arts and crafts, food and entertainment.

Lauren Milbourne / (805) 546-3108 / / Posted: 4/8/14