Every October, Children’s Aid societies all across Ontario wear purple to raise awareness of the support vulnerable children, youth, and families need. At Today’s Family, we believe in providing high-quality childcare programs for the children of Hamilton, Halton, Haldimand and Norfolk. Safety and acceptance are built into the core of our programs, and so the goals of Dress Purple Day mesh perfectly with our mission.
As Early Childhood Educators, we work tirelessly to create safe, rewarding programs for children of all vulnerabilities. Unfortunately, the most vulnerable of our children may not know that they even deserve such an environment or support system. This is why Dress Purple Day is so important – to raise awareness for all children about the support systems that they have.
As we shared in our previous blog post, only 55% of Canadian children report having a high level of satisfaction in their lives. That means that 45% could be doing better! Dress Purple Day is a way to help those children realize that there is a way out of potentially damaging and abusive situations.
Children can take place in activities curated around topics like self-esteem, how to ask for help, and physical touch. The goal of these activities is to ensure that children have tools to deal with uncomfortable situations as they arise and – if the strategies are insufficient – to make sure that children know who to talk to for further help.
Please join us for this year’s Dress Purple Day on October 24. It could not be easier to participate – all you have to do is wear your purple clothes!
This is a message that is not confined to one day of the year. All month long, Ontarians have shared their messages of help and support using the hashtag #IBreakTheSilence
If you have a personal story of someone who has helped you when you were a child, or you want to offer words of support for children and youth who need to hear them, please consider using the hashtag on your social media platform of choice.
If you want to spread the word even further, you can click here to download a brochure about “Child Welfare in Ontario: A Shared Responsibility”. And if you want to learn more about Dress Purple Day, you can watch this excellent video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K37Aj5ZrCWM&feature=youtu.be