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What is SpankOut Day USA?

SpankOut Day USA was initiated in 1998 to give widespread attention to the need to end corporal punishment of children and to promote non-violent ways of teaching children appropriate behavior. Non-violent discipline helps children become caring, responsible and self-disciplined adults. The Center for Effective Discipline sponsors SpankOut Day USA on April 30 of each year. All parents, guardians and caregivers are encouraged to refrain from hitting children on this day, and to seek alternative methods of discipline through programs available in community agencies, churches and schools.

Since 1998, over 1,000 informational events on child discipline have been carried out by organizations on SpankOut Day USA. Thousands of individuals have participated in this observance. SpankOut Day has even spread to receive international recognition.

You can do something to stop children from being hit, even if you only have a few minutes to help.

Mini Grants

Through the generous support of our philanthropic partners, the Center for Effective Discipline (CED) was able to award 20 SpankOut Day Mini-Grant opportunities across the United States! Mini-grant recipients will receive funding support of $400 for educational events that provide information about the negative effects associated with using corporal punishment on children. Effective alternatives using positive and proactive discipline will also be provided through mini-grant supported activities.

SpankOut Day is recognized on April 30, 2016. Preference will be given to mini-grant activities that take place April 23 – May 7. Please join us in advocating for positive discipline approaches that support safe, healthy, and resilient youth development.

SpankOut Day Mini-Grant Timeline:

  • Tuesday, March 8, 2016: Mini-grant application and W-9 submission deadline
  • Thursday, March 24, 2016: Mini-grant recipients announced
  • Wednesday, May 18, 2016: Agency Mini-Grant Evaluation Due (Awarded non-profits will receive $400 to reimburse SpankOut Day activity costs following submission of their mini-grant evaluation)

We hope to offer Positive Discipline Mini-Grants again in 2017! Please join our Gundersen NCPTC mailing list to receive notifications regarding future opportunities.

SpankOut Day Ideas

  • Host a SpankOut Day special event
  • Check out our parenting education and training material. Distribute them to parents and organizations. Use them in your SpankOut events. The material is copyright free but authors request that they be given appropriate recognition.
  • Send the media an event announcement if you are planning one.
  • Submit a public service announcement to local media. Just look up your community's newspaper, radio or television addresses in the phone book or on the internet; fill in the blanks on our sample materials; and mail or e-mail them.
  • Submit a newsletter article to your civic group, school or church.
  • Write to legislators about banning corporal punishment in schools. See our sample letters to state and federal representatives.
  • Have your mayor, city council or governor sign a proclamation announcing SpankOut Day in your city or state.
  • Get your town council to adopt a resolution calling for a spank-free town. See our sample resolution.
  • Talk to your relatives, friends, neighbors and co-workers about using positive, non-violent ways to teach and discipline children.
  • Donate to the Center for Effective Discipline to support SpankOut Day and other efforts to promote raising good kids without hitting.
  • Creating products by children for use in discussion or display: Audiotape of children age 4-14 talking about spanking for use in parent discussion. Art by children on "How spanking and yelling feels to children" to display in public places or use in parent discussions. A writing contest for children on "How spanking and yelling feels to children". Children write PSA statements for radio on "How spanking and yelling feels to children"
  • Using 15-foot stand-up cut out of adults created by teens for display in shopping center, town square and courthouse lawn. CASA volunteers in one community took Polaroid's of adults next to the cutout to show how a child feels looking up at an adult. They handed out positive discipline information.
  • Developing materials for continuing use by the agency/school parent programs (brochures, fliers, posters)
  • Imprinting college/organization paychecks with "It is easier to build a child than to repair an adult. Join us in participating in SpankOut Day on April 30th"
  • Handing out "no spanking/what to do instead" cards with play dough recipes and cookie cutters to parents in public places or preschools
  • Using a ball/paddle for training health care workers "Paddle a Ball/Not a Child"
  • Sponsoring community billboards on positive discipline/no spanking
  • Using "Spank-Free" pledges for parents/ follow-up support letters or calls
  • Providing continental breakfast/social worker informal conversations on discipline for parents dropping children off at preschool
  • Training parents in infant-toddler massage for children up to age three and showing how massage calms children
  • Passing around life-size baby dolls, playing a crying audiotape and having each participant identify one way to calm the baby
  • Using a family fun night to provide information and materials on positive discipline
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