Resources for the PEI Community April 13

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Texas Department of Family and Protective Services: Prevention and Early Intervention

COVID-19 Resources for PEI Stakeholders and Providers

The COVID-19 event continues to affect families worldwide. Strengthening families and communities has never been more important than it is right now. PEI is here to help.

Our program specialists have been compiling family and caregiver resources alongside public health information for you. We will be sending this message out weekly to our PEI Community of providers, stakeholders and advocates until the COVID-19 event lessens. To review previously released resources visit our website.


Real Talk Input - you can help!

We are starting a "Real Talk" section soon on our parenting help site HelpandHope.org. We invite the PEI Community to provide input on how you would answer the questions below:

  • My tween really misses their friends. How can I help them?
  • My teen is stressed about not having prom, graduation, sporting and extracurricular activities. How can I help him or her understand?

Send your advice to peinews@dfps.state.tx.us. We look forward to supporting parents with real answers!


COVID-19 and Texas

Feel free to share these links with coworkers and your community on social media and in communications to staff, stakeholders and community members. 

The Children’s Trust Fund Alliance has collected resources to share with our colleagues and parents to help families stay strong during this public health crisis. 

The new Statewide COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call toll-free at 833-986-1919.

PEI updates their Coronavirus Resource page regularly with provider-specific information as it develops. 


PEI Community Resources

COVID-19 Case Numbers (corrected)

(Link has been updated): The Texas Department of State Health Services has created an Interactive dashboard of current COVID-19 case numbers. Data is updated daily at noon and includes cases, fatalities and county reporting. 

Internet Safety and Prevention Education

Enjoy a free offer from Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) and The Karen Purvis Institute of Child Development. You will have access to the TBRI training for FREE for 30-days. This offer is only good through May 31. Register for the course then click on the "TBRI 101: A self-guided course in Trust-Based Relationships" link. Be sure to click on the 30-day access, not one year, in order to get the free access! 

2020 National Child Abuse Prevention Month Film Event

In observance of April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month (NCAPM), the Children's Bureau's Office on Child Abuse and Neglect will host a special virtual NCAPM event on Tuesday, April 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. CST.

The event will highlight the latest video in the Building Community, Building Hope film series: “Relationships Matter: Strengthening and Supporting Families.”  The film features San Francisco-based family resource center Safe & Sound and the families they support. If you are interested in attending the event, register here.

New tool to help facilitate conversations about Protective Factors

The Children’s Trust Fund Alliance introduced a new tool that will help facilitate conversations about how the protective factors help to navigate the COVID-19 crisis. The tool was created by the Alliance National Parent Partnership Council (ANPPC) with input from Alliance parent leaders and staff. It is designed to help you create virtual conversations with parent groups, colleagues, community members and others. 

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Resources for Families

Frontline Child Care is new resource portal from the Governor's office that  allows front-line essential workers to find available licensed child care near their home or work. The website also provides each center’s operating hours and number of available seats by age group.

Aunt Bertha has added a zip code search to find food assistance, help in paying bills, and other free or reduced cost programs for the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit https://findhelp.org/.

The Texas Workforce Commission encourages individuals previously deemed monetarily ineligible for unemployment benefits to reapply online starting Sunday, April 5, 2020. This date marks the beginning of a new quarter and as such the base period for unemployment benefits and those previously ineligible may now qualify.

The CDC has created a printable tip sheet for children coping in disasters.


Resources for Kids at Home

Coronavirus: free printable comic for kids

Author and illustrator Elise Gravel created a comic to teach kids about the COVID-19 situation. You can download and print it for educational purposes. No commercial use is allowed. 

COVID Time Capsule

Natalie Long is a graphic designer and mom from Canada. She created "My 2020 COVID-19 Time Capsule" worksheets as a way for her now eight-year-old daughter, Olivia to keep track of what is happening day-to-day. Long shared the worksheets on her Facebook page, making them available to the public. The 11-page document consists of various activities like interviewing parents, listing favorite foods and writing a letter to themselves.

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We invite all our stakeholders to follow DFPS Social Media accounts at the links below, and check in and promote Help and Hope on our website and Facebook pages as we continue to update information and resources. If you have resources to share, send them to peinews@dfps.state.tx.us.

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