PEI Provider News Volume 7, Issue 13

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PEI Provider News
A PEI Newsletter Volume 7, Issue 13
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Partners in Prevention Conference Recap

The 2020 Partners in Prevention (PIP) Conference was a huge success, in no small part due to the dedication and enthusiasm of the attendees. The first ever virtual PIP conference drew over 1,000 parent educators, youth service providers, civic leaders, policy advocates, researchers, and others with a professional interest in child and family well-being, youth development, and juvenile justice.

Post-Conference Access

Notices of CEU certificates should have been sent to attendee emails on or around November 13th. If you completed session evaluations, your certificate is now ready. Questions? Contact

Videos and Session Presentations are available for all attendees of PIP. You'll need to enter your name and email address before watching each session. Videos will be available through December 31, 2020.

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PIP by the Numbers

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Keynote Sessions


Breakout Sessions


Number of Confirmed Attendees


Number of times participants shared information with each other.


Number of times that sessions were viewed by attendees


Minutes of Time Spent on the PIP Conference Website

PIP Awardee Recap

Every year, the Partners in Prevention Conference lifts up outstanding efforts of Texans making a difference in their community. This year's awardees are listed below, with links to video testimonials for each. 

Outstanding Youth Award – Montserrat Gaitan
In every aspect of her life, Monserrat Gaitan never does anything half way. This drive to give 110 percent has earned her an Outstanding Youth Award. Watch the video.

Outstanding Youth Award – Esteban Ramos
Enthusiasm, participation and the willingness to take the lead are just a few of the reasons Esteban Ramos was nominated for and awarded an Outstanding Youth Award. Watch the video.

Outstanding Parent/Caregiver – Patricia Espinosa
Patricia’s dedication to the children in her lives has led her to a life of service, not just for her own child, but for many other families. Her continuous commitment within her community has earned her recognition as an Outstanding Parent/Caregiver. Watch the video.

Outstanding Parent/Caregiver – Kayla Montalvo
Since the day Kayla Montalvo enrolled in the Parents as Teachers program under Easter Seals Rio Grande Valley in 2018, she has demonstrated a level of devotion and care for the development and well-being of her son that has earned her the nomination of Outstanding Parent/Caregiver. Watch the video.

Community Collaboration Award – Parenting Help Collaborative
The Parenting Help Collaborative (coordinated by DePelchin Children’s Center in Harris County) demonstrates the commitment to improving the quality of parent training and increasing access for families. It is this commitment that has earned the Community Collaboration Award. Watch the video.

Community Collaboration Award – Navarro County Early Childhood Coalition
Even though it’s less than a year old, the Navarro County Early Childhood Coalition has achieved remarkable strides in connecting families to the resources they need, all towards the goal of investing in the future of their community. This resourcefulness has earned the Coalition a 2020 Community Collaboration award. Watch the video.

Outstanding Leader Award - Jeff Reed
Jeff Reed has devoted nearly 20 years to the Family and Youth Success Program (formerly STAR) with the Deep East Texas Council of Governments (DETCOG). Jeff’s compassion, community pride, and drive to foster and support change is evident in everything he does, which has earned him an Outstanding Leader Award. Watch the video.

Outstanding Leader Award - Laura Kender
Laura Kender is driven by her desire to increase parent’s ability to enhance their child’s learning and development and to assist children during the most important developmental years of their lives. Laura’s embodiment of the “No Child Left Behind” mantra, has earned her an Outstanding Leader Award. Watch the video.

Champion for Children and Families Award – Brooke Gordon
Brooke Gordon's dedication to and passion for the wellbeing of families served by STARRY-Waco has earned her the Champion for Children and Families Award. Watch the video.

2020 Luminary Award – Judge Peter Sakai
The Honorable Judge Peter Sakai has made a difference in the lives of countless children and families in Texas and is well-deserving of the 2020 Luminary Award. Watch the video.

Exhibitor Roundup

Special Thanks

The Partners in Prevention Conference would not be possible without the support, insight and enthusiasm of everyone involved. Special thanks to the following groups and individuals for their contribution to our success this year: 

PIP Awards Selection Committee

PIP Planning Committee

PIP Speaker Selection Committee

Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, UT Austin

Jaime Masters, Commissioner of the Department of
Family and Protective Services

Texas Alliance of Child and Family Services

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