Resources for the PEI Community June 8

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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 Phase III of Reopening Texas

Governor Greg Abbott expanded services and activities that can open under Phase III of the state's plan to safely and strategically open. Under the governor’s plan, most Texas businesses will be allowed to operate at 50 percent capacity, effective immediately. That includes businesses currently operating at 25 percent capacity, such as bars, gyms and indoor wedding venues. Video game facilities can also open at 50 percent capacity.

Real Talk - seeking your input

The PEI "Real Talk" section is LIVE on our parenting help site! We need input from fathers and father figures about parenting during the pandemic from a father’s perspective. Send your advice or suggestions to We appreciate your assistance in supporting parents and caregivers with real answers!

PEI Community Resources

Webinar: CPS Disproportionality Webinar Series 2020

Join the Texas Working at the Intersections for Safe Families in a discussion on re-imagining the intersections of child welfare and domestic violence utilizing a race equity lens on June 17 at 1:30 p.m.

Presenters of the webinar include: Aurora Martinez Jones, Associate Judge in Travis County; Maricarmen Garza is the group coordinator for Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid’s Victim Rights Group and the director of the Legal Alliance for Survivors of Abuse project; Eloise Sepeda, national expert trainer and consultant of Restorative Justice and the rigorous intersection of child welfare, family violence, and race equity; and Kimberly Wilson Vincent, a court-appointed attorney representing children and parents in Child Protective Services.

Register for the webinar here.

Five for Fellow Texans

Last week we shared the five resources for COVID, emergency services, and parenting tips. There are a lot of resources available and searching for what you need can be overwhelming. This week’s series is about well-being resources. PEI recommends you bookmark the following five sites for quick reference.

  • 10 TED Talks for when you feel burnt out is a curated list of experts in burnout science who provide tips on how to bounce back from feeling worn out and exhausted.
  • Baltimore Healthy Start has launched a multi-pronged approach to support the families they serve—many of whom live in poverty and struggle to meet their basic needs. See what ideas you can tap.
  • Having mental health needs is common. One in five adults struggle with mental health problems every year (Mental Health America, 2018). Learn more in the Adult Mental Health Guide.
  • E-Couch is a self-help interactive program with modules for depression, generalized anxiety and more. The site provides evidence-based information and teaches strategies to combat worry, social anxiety, relationship breakdown and loss and grief.
  • 8 apps to support your mental health during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Resources for Families

Courageous Conversations

These resources provide talking points about the complex issues we are facing today:

Resources for Fathers and Father Figures

Hip Hip Hooray, it’s almost Father’s Day! PEI celebrates fathers and father figures this month and yearlong. has videos to watch and share:

First-time Dad

Value of Dad

Dad's Hilarious Review of Daughter's Pretend Restaurant Goes Viral

Watch this adorable video of a dad’s hilarious review of his daughter’s play restaurant. 

Resources for Kids at Home

CNN and Sesame Street share a message with kids about how to make a change in "Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism. A CNN/Sesame Street Town Hall for Kids and Families."

The Summer Activity Guide is a suite of fun and engaging activities and challenges designed specifically for this atypical summer.

Activities for Ages 5-9

Activities for Ages 10-12

Activities for Ages 13-15

Activities for Ages 16-18

30 Easy Summer Activities for Kids has tons of activities to keep the kids busy (and happy) with easy-to-prep summer activities.