Child Safety

Wilkes Community Partnersip For Children

 Keeping your child safe is one of the most important issues to consider when bringing up your child. Each year in North Carolina, some 200 children die from accidental injuries and another 45,000 visit a doctor's office for treatment of such injuries. There is so much information available that it can feel overwhelming. As a parent, you've noticed that some kids are naturally cautious, while others are more prone to take risks. Psychologists now believe that this is related to brain chemistry. The child who startles easily at loud noises and needs coaxing to get on the seesaw will benefit from a different approach than the child who delights in dangling from the highest rung on the climbing bars. Children who are fearless adventurers need help in order to become more patient and vigilant. On the other hand, kids who avoid challenges need your reassurance and encouragement to comfortably explore.

Your child's age also plays a big part in how you handle safety. Very young children haven't developed the judgment to distinguish safe from unsafe situations, and hence need clear, non-negotiable rules. For instance, "Don't go near the stove" and "Never step into the street" are absolutes, which, when said and enforced consistently and emphatically, are accepted by most young children. As kids enter the preschool years they begin to develop some judgment about safety, but still can't be expected to apply safety rules consistently on their own. This is where you come in! Trust your judgment as their primary care provider. If in doubt, reach out to local agencies such as your pediatrician, police department, fire department, Department of Social Services, and the Wilkes Community Partnership for Children.

Child Safety Resources:

North Carolina Healthy Start Foundation
Safe Kids North Carolina
My Child Safety
Household Safety Checklists
Home Fire Safety Checklist

A Good Start

Wilkes Community Partnership for Children, a local Smart Start Agency, ensures that young children in Wilkes County enter school healthy and ready to succeed.

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Childcare Providers

What happens in children’s early years sets the foundations for all the years that follow. The First 2000 Days

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Families / Parents

Circle of Parents is a parent-led and professionally facilitated Parents support group program that gives Parents the opportunity to share in each other’s challenges

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"First 2000 Days"

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