MCC-Blue River is working to prevent child abuse by placing a focus on the problem during April.

MCC-Blue River is working to prevent child abuse by placing a focus on the problem during April.

“Nearly five children die every day in the United States due to child abuse and neglect,” said Kim Glackin, instructor of psychology at Blue River. “About 80 percent of them are under the age of 4. ‘All for the Children’ aims to reduce those numbers in our area.”

“All for the Children” is a child abuse prevention day that MCC-Blue River has scheduled for April 7. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Activities will begin at 9 a.m. at the Blue River campus, 20301 E. Missouri 78.

The event will include a 3,000-egg Easter egg hunt, 200 free child ID kits, a children’s self-defense seminar, art and activity stations, a bouncy house, refreshments, co-curricular student work that relates to child abuse prevention and child related vendors. Donations will also be accepted for KLAAS Kids Foundation.

Glackin said a variety of factors contribute to child abuse, including poverty, financial stresses, lack of knowledge among adults about parenting skills and child development and the use of drugs and alcohol around children. She said it is important to remember that abuse that does not lead to a child’s death will stay with them, even into their adult life, and children who have been abused are 60 percent more likely to be arrested for criminal behavior.

“Our community can protect its children by educating parents about parenting and child development, and by building community support for children and their families,” she said. “Blue River’s ‘All for the Children’ child abuse prevention day will focus on creating those opportunities.”

Blue River is asking those who are interested in attending the free event to RSVP through its Facebook event page at

For more information, contact Glackin at 816-520-8318 or Amy Slater, campus life officer, at 816-604-6635.