Resources for the PEI Community, May 19th

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

Resources for PEI Stakeholders and Providers

Each month, PEI shares a variety of information for professionals, families, parents and children to support strong and thriving families.

For more information about PEI and its programs visit us online.

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Free Activity Books for Texans

Activity Book

This free family resource features 25 pages of fun for every child. Download a copy here or order a box for the children in your community below.

Activity Books are shipped for free and available in quantities of 100/box. Questions? Contact us.

Order Activity Books


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May is Water Safety, Mental Health Month

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Download the PEI Water Safety Social Media Toolkit for images, information and resources to share on your organization's Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media.


May is also Mental Health Month. We encourage you to promote mental health awareness and resources with your networks via our mental health social media toolkit

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Save the Date - Partners in Prevention 2021

Partners in Prevention Conference

The 21st Annual Partners in Prevention Conference will take place at the Renaissance Austin Hotel in Austin, Texas on November 2-4, 2021. Our hybrid conference is still evolving to align with social distancing and the safety of all presenters and conference goers.

Our 2021 theme is Forging Forward Together: Nurturing Communities and Families.

We seek to recognize the challenges of the past year and the power of coming together, carving out paths towards a future that supports prevention and early intervention professionals and the communities they support and partner with.

Feel free to share this message with others. Start the conversation on your social media accounts! #pipcon2021

For questions, please contact

Your feedback is needed!

Partners in Prevention is planning a hybrid-model conference at the Renaissance Austin Hotel, with select conference sessions available virtually. Please help us get an idea of your preferred method of attending this year's conference by answering one question below. Thank you!

Take Our 1-Question Survey


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Provider Spotlight: United Way of the Coastal Bend

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The United Way of the Coastal Bend supported more than 70 families of young readers in Corpus Christi last month as part of their Spring Into Reading Drive-Thru Event in honor of The Week of the Young Child®. Children who attended the socially distanced event at Del Mar College’s White Library received free children's books, enjoyed crafts & activities, took photos with local mascots, and learned about community resources. 

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“Our 2014 EDI study found that many Corpus Christi children are not prepared to enter Kindergarten,” said Sherry Peterson, Success By 6 Director at United Way of the Coastal Bend. “This was particularly true for children living in at-risk neighborhoods, where roughly 45 percent were not ready for kindergarten in one or more developmental domains.” 

Success By 6 is a community coalition established by United Way of the Coastal Bend that promotes early literacy and educational development in young children. Community partners provide a free annual public event providing community resources and engaging early learning activities that can be easily replicated at home. This year participants will receive books to start or expand their home library.


According to Peterson, it does not take much to expose children to literacy.

“Just picking up a book and talking about the pictures in the book is building vocabulary,” she said.

In addition to the families who attended the event in person, more than 150 event resource bags and books were delivered to families of Pre-Kindergarteners and local child development centers. 

Learn more about United Way of the Coastal Bend.

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Resources for Professionals

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Healthier Texas Summit Call for Presenters

The University of Texas System and the statewide nonprofit It’s Time Texas are collaborating for the fifth consecutive year to present the Healthier Texas Summit.

This year’s summit will be a three-day, virtual event held October 27-29, 2021. 

The Summit's call for presenters is open now through May 28th. Tracks include: 

  • Addressing Social Factors for Better Patient Outcomes: Effective Partnerships Between Healthcare and Non-Healthcare Sectors
  • Fostering Healthy Places: Cross-Sector Approaches to Improve Health Where Texans Learn, Earn, and Pray
  • Effective Communication to Drive Change
  • Advancing Health Equity: Strategies for Systemic Change
  • Using Data to Inform Decisions: Data Disaggregation, Collection and Dissemination

Please submit your proposal to present here.

Funding Opportunity

FY 2021 Strategies To Support Children Exposed to Violence

From: Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention
Closes:  6/22/2021
Time and Funding Amount: 36 month grant, up to $930,000

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Objectives: Project sites can use funding to support any or all of the following strategies:

  • Enhance and/or develop supportive services for children exposed to violence in their homes, schools, and communities.
  • Community-based violence prevention and intervention approaches that address risk factors and build on protective factors to reduce juvenile delinquency and crime in areas with high exposure to violence.
  • Direct, person-to-person outreach strategies to increase awareness and build the capacity of families and communities to help children exposed to violence

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Resources for Families

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Young Teens - Ages and Stages

From 12-14, a child's life is a road with many twists and turns, including multiple physical, mental, emotional, and social changes. Navigating the tween years can be tricky. Here's four resources to help parents and tweens along the way: 

Survivor Voices Needed for Interviews

Institute Assault

The University of Texas at Austin Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault is seeking 150 Texans ages 18 and up to participate in an interview project to understand better the services, gaps, and accessibility of resources for Texas sexual assault survivors. If selected, participants will receive a $30 gift card.

Participants will be asked to talk with a trained sexual assault researcher for 1 hour about services for survivors in Texas, whether they received the help they needed and what they would advise to improve support for survivors. 

Visit the Survivor's Research Study for more information, or call (512) 333-4354

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Resources for Children & Youth

Teen Camps

Summer Camps for 2021

Summer activities can mean swimming and tents under the stars, or STEM courses, coding boot camps, and college prep courses. This summer, challenge kids with summer academies across Texas.


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COVID-19 and Texas

Everyone age 16 and older is now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Texas. According to the CDC, fully vaccinated people may stop wearing masks or maintaining social distance in most indoor and outdoor settings.

The Texas Department of State Health Services welcomes all Texans to use the Texas Public Health Vaccine Scheduler. Read more on this this and all state health updates at DSHS News Releases.

Even after you get a dose of the vaccine, continue to wear face masks, practice social distancing and regular handwashing to slow the spread until you are fully vaccinated.