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Center for Effective Discipline, a program of Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center (Gundersen NCPTC), is pleased to announce support for organizations that would like to implement a No Hit Zone.
A No Hit Zone is an environment that supports a culture of safety and health where:
No Hit Zones provide education and promote healthy relationships and safe environments across the lifespan. Hitting is harmful in any relationship. No Hit Zones raise awareness that hitting increases risk for harm, especially for children. Hitting a child as a form of punishment is harmful to a child’s physical, emotional and mental health development. No Hit Zones support effective discipline alternatives that promote child learning, health and positive development.
In recognition of SpankOut Day on April 30, 2017, Gundersen NCPTC is pleased to offer No Hit Zone Resource Kits to 23 organizations seeking to become a No Hit Zone. No Hit Zone Kits include posters, educational brochures, vinyl decals, magnets and stickers. These resources will serve as a visible sign that your organization is a designated No Hit Zone supporting healthy kids and safer communities.
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.