Prevent Child Abuse America

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Prevent Child Abuse America supports and strengthens families in the home, creating a better and brighter future for our nation’s children. For 45 years, Prevent Child Abuse America has helped lay the groundwork to deliver great childhoods to children nationwide through a 50 state Chapter network and through the signature Healthy Families America program.

PCAA is rated one of the two best charities for children in the nation by Consumer Reports! And, 94 cents of every dollar goes directly to fund their programs!

The national office of Prevent Child Abuse America provides the vision and strategic framework for multiple areas, including:

  • Programs – identifying the needs and strategic development of new and existing programs that support children and families, including Healthy Families America®, bullying prevention and day-to-day prevention strategies through our chapter network.
  • Research – translating research into actionable and educational tools for those who are working within communities to strengthen American families.
  • Education – providing expertise on child abuse prevention through education and collaboration with organizations like Chartwells K-12, Channing Bete and KPJR Films.
  • Advocacy – advocating for public policies that support the well-bring of children and families.

Pinwheels for Prevention

The core fundraising initiative for PCAA revolves around the pinwheels for Prevention campaign promoted in April (Child Abuse Prevention Month). SDT chapters nationwide participate in pinwheel projects on their campuses by selling and displaying pinwheels, and some chapters participate in one of PCAA’s Big Pinwheel Gardens in New York City, Chicago and Washington, D.C. In addition, many chapters host events and activities throughout the year, from dance marathons to bake sales. We’re working hard to DEFΣΔT CHILD ABUSE! Over the past 35 years, chapters have raised more than $3 million!

Empower YOUth

Sigma Delta Tau underwrote the development of Empower YOUth, the collaboration between PCAA and the Butler University College of Education. This program allows collegiate women to serve as role models through Girls Inc., a national leader in outreach, education, and support, encouraging girls to be strong, smart and bold. Empower YOUth is formatted to help improve social and emotional competencies and positive relationship skills among middle school girls, The hope is that this curriculum will be embedded within a current Girls Inc. program and SDT collegiate women will facilitate the activities as an enhancement.
 Activities have been developed that aim to increase the five core principles of social and emotional learning (SEL): self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, responsible decision-making, and relationship skills. Research demonstrates that focused development of SEL in students will positively contribute to protective factors, promoting healthy student growth and development, and safer and more supportive learning communities.

Learn More
SDT alumnae are invited to join with the Sorority to raise funds or volunteer services. Please contact if you would like to get involved.  For more information on SDT’s National Philanthropy, visit