Resources for the PEI Community June 1

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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.

COVID-19 and Texas

Governor Abbott Announces Additional Phase 2 Openings

Governor Greg Abbott issued a proclamation expanding additional services and activities that can open under Phase II of the state's plan to safely and strategically open. With this proclamation, water parks, recreational sport programs for adults, driver education programs, and food-court dining areas within shopping malls can begin operations with limited occupancy or regulations to protect the health and safety of Texans.

Guidance for Home Health Service Providers

As part of the ongoing Governor's Campaign to Opening the State of Texas, The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has developed guidance for home health service providers, including what information to gather from clients before making a home visit. This guidance is intended for healthcare workers and others who make home visits or provide health-related services in a home or community setting, but may be useful for others considering a return to in-person services. 

Real Talk - send us your questions

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; send your suggestions to We appreciate your assistance in supporting parents and caregivers with real answers!

PEI Community Resources

Webinar: Observing, Listening & Understanding in a Virtual Environment

Explore what it means to observe, listen, and understand families in a virtual service delivery environment. Examples include telephone and interactive video conference (IVC) delivery mechanisms. Begins June 3, at 2 p.m. Register now.

Five for Families: A Quicklist for all Texans

There are a lot of resources out there and searching for what you need can be overwhelming. PEI recommends you bookmark the following five sites for quick reference and share this list with your community members:

Resources for Families

Walk on the Wild Side: How to reap the benefits of the outdoors

Get inspired and informed with this webinar featuring the dynamic Rodney Franklin, Texas State Parks Division Director at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD). Franklin will share his love of the outdoors and strategies families to enjoy the amazing health benefits of being outside. 

Resources on Supporting Children and Families During COVID-19

The Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center has compiled a list of resources on talking to children and families about Coronavirus Disease. The site has guidance, toolkits and handouts, as well as resources in additional languages. 

Resources for Kids at Home

Texas PBS At-Home Learning

TX PBS stations have provided a 12-hour TV schedule daily for At-Home Learning. Learn more at TEA & Texas PBS At-Home Learning.

June is Zoo and Aquarium Month. 

Many zoos and aquariums around the world offer virtual exhibits for the whole family to explore: 

  • California’s Monterey Bay Aquarium features a number of live webcams that show everything from adorable sea otters swimming and frolicking to leopard sharks drifting through their kelp forest habitats. 
  • Visit the Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
  • The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden hosts a “Home Safari” on its Facebook Live Feed featuring a different animal as the star, such as one of its resident Komodo dragons, manatees, aardvarks, and hippos.

Nine Ways to Help Kids through the Pandemic published an article featuring nine things children need from their caregivers to manage their mental and emotional health during the coronavirus epidemic.