Resources for the PEI Community April 27

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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.

Connection During Isolation: Next Steps for Prevention in Texas

The ongoing COVID-19 epidemic continues to pose challenges, concerns and stress to Texas families and the organizations that serve them. Join Prevention and Early Intervention's Associate Commissioner Sasha Rasco and panelists April 30, at 3:30 p.m. CST as we close out Child Abuse Prevention Month. During the webinar we will discuss the current landscape of child abuse and neglect prevention efforts in Texas and what we envision for the road ahead. Register online today

COVID-19 and Texas

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

Texas Coronavirus Safety Survey for your agency staff and adult clients

The team at the Center for Violence Prevention at the University of Texas Medical Branch understands that this is a time of increased risk for violence and harm for many of the families and individuals you work with at your agency. They are inviting providers and staff to take the brief surveys at the links below.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is offering guidance on Pregnancy and COVID-19 on their website, including FAQs on pregnancy and breastfeeding.

The COVID-19 Health Literacy Project offers medically vetted and approved resources in 35 languages. They are also seeking additional translators if you would like to help. 

Seeking Input on Legislative Appropriation Request

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services is working on its Legislative Appropriations Request (LAR). This request outlines the agency’s funding needs for fiscal years 2022 through 2023.

The LAR must be submitted to the legislature in August 2020. It will be considered by the 87th Texas Legislature during its 2021 session.

You can share your ideas and recommendations about what should be in the LAR by sending an email to The deadline for comments is May 31.

Real Talk Input - you can help!

The PEI "Real Talk" section is LIVE on our parenting help site! We are always on the lookout for new questions to cover for Real Talk; here's the latest one for you to consider:

  • "My child is anxious about what the future holds; How can I support them when I'm just as worried?"

Send your advice to We look forward to supporting parents and caregivers with real answers!

PEI Community Resources

The National Head Start website has gathered a variety of COVID-19 resources for programs, parents and educators at home: 

Harvard's Center on the Developing Child is offering a resource guide that pulls together information on COVID-19, what it means for child development, and easy-to-share resources that can help parents, caregivers, child care providers, pediatricians and others who work with families. 

Remote Home Visitation: Supporting Clients Experiencing Intimate Partner Violence in the Time of COVID-19 This webinar is dedicated to evolving promising practices for home visitors to help caregivers who may be experiencing coercion and abuse from their partner, and to help them and their children be safer – but offered virtually. Register here.

The Texas Network of Youth Services (TNOYS) has published an article about activities and projects for youth in shelters and residential treatment centers during COVID-19. 

First Three Years and United Way of Metropolitan Dallas are offering recorded webinars in English and Spanish on parenting guidance during the coronavirus outbreak. 

English: Empowering Parents - Parenting Through COVID-19 (English)

Spanish: Empoderar a los padres para crear calma: Hablando con sus hijos sobre el coronavirus

Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE)
 has gathered multiple resources on dealing with the COVID-19 epidemic, including tips on suicide prevention during and after the epidemic.

Resources for Families

“My Hero is You: How Kids Can Fight COVID-19!” by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC), are written for children around the world affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Translations of “My Hero is You” in a wide variety of languages can be found on the IASC website.

Current guidelines state that masks should not be placed on children younger than 2 years of age. Download and share these infographics from for use on your social media accounts:

WIRED has published an article on How to Care for Kids if You're Sick With COVID-19 that offers guidance if one or both parents become infected.
is a resource hub for information on finding and posting jobs, unemployment information and training opportunities to assist Texans. 

Resources for Kids at Home

Childmind has a blog post with advice on Supporting Teenagers and Young Adults During the Coronavirus Crisis.

The Carmen Sandiego website offers a variety of activities to keep kids active and learning. 

BrainPOP was designed to help children grasp difficult concepts. Since then it has turned into a dynamic learning platform for many ages and covers multiple concepts. 

Additional Resources:

  • The Living Montessori YouTube channel has videos about Montessori’s Exercises for Practical Life.

  • Go on a digital field trip to the National Gallery of Art, The Olympic Museum, the Palace of Versailles, national parks and much, much more by perusing the collections on Google Arts & Culture and Google Maps.

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