Prevention and Early Intervention has awarded recognition to recipients across the state at the annual Partners in Prevention (PIP) Conferences. The following outstanding stories of service and triumph are an inspiration for what individuals can contribute for Texas communities.

  • 2021
  • 2020
  • 2019

2021 Recognition & Stories


Luis VegaAs a stay-at-home father of six (five of whom are still living at home), Luis Vega is the definition of a family man. In addition to his day-to-day parenting, he has eagerly volunteered to be part of the BCFS-HHS Harlingen Parent Advisory Committee, where he holds a leadership role and is the driving force behind the committee. For going above and beyond for his own family and those around him, Luis Vega has been recognized as an Outstanding Parent and Caregiver by the Prevention and Early Intervention Division of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

 Watch Luis Vega's video story to learn more about him.


Mr. Sanchez & Mrs. Acevedo-SanchezOver the years Mr. Jose Luis Sanchez & Mrs. Marleni Acevedo-Sanchez have put in the work and gathered the skills needed to help their children succeed and thrive. Both parents completed the Padres Comprometidos component of the CYD-Las Promesas de Laredo program, where staff were witness to their dedication and commitment to offer their children opportunities to grow. For their ongoing communication and respect for all members of their blended family, The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services Prevention and Early Intervention Division is pleased to award both of them as Outstanding Parents and Caregivers for 2021.

 Watch Mr. Sanchez & Mrs. Acevedo-Sanchez's video story to learn more about them.


Solana ThompsonSolana Thompson has been volunteering unofficially since she was 4 years old, and she has continued doing so throughout her life. She has participated in: starting a garden at school, trash clean-up at her school, and the El Paso Humane Society. In her tweens, she was active in Girl Scouts. Currently, she is with YAC and has helped further the dialogue regarding race and equity with her peers. Most recently, she has participated in an ongoing service-learning project with the lower-income elderly in her community. This continuing dedication and service is why the Prevention and Early Intervention Division of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services has named her a 2021 Outstanding Youth Awardee.

 Watch Solana Thompson's video story to learn more about her.


Evelynn GomezEvelynn Gomez's care and consideration for others is her greatest strength. This superpower has served her well as the vice president of her Youth Advisory Council and as a participant in multiple volunteer projects and programs in Laredo. Evelynn always lends a helping hand and motivates others to strive for better. Her kindness and passion for what she believes in helps youth and staff as well. The Prevention and Early Intervention Division of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services is pleased to highlight her care, kindness, and dedication by naming her a 2021 Outstanding Youth Awardee.

 Watch Evelynn Gomez's video story to learn more about her.


Pamela CrawfordPamela Crawford is a 20-year veteran of prevention and early intervention resources. Her positive and inspiring leadership in Navarro County has earned her the 2021 Outstanding Leader Award from the Prevention and Early Intervention Division of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

 Watch Pamela Crawford's video story to learn more about her.


Priscilla GonzalesPriscilla Gonzales' commitment to her community as a Family Resource Specialist with DePelchin Children's Center is evident through the level of passion and care that she shows every day. Priscilla resourcefulness and constant search for ways to help her clients and to make her classes interesting and engaging is just a small part of the reason she was awarded a 2021 Champion for Children and Families Award from the Prevention and Early Intervention Division of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

 Watch Priscilla Gonzales' video story to learn more about her.


Family Service Association in San AntonioThe Family Service Association in San Antonio provides supplemental services that include Financial Empowerment and Workforce Development for families who have children 0 to 5 years of age who are enrolled in HOPES programming in Bexar County. This program, with the support of various local organizations that support families in their finances and in their career planning, assists families with reducing unemployment rates and low wage jobs, increasing personal savings, reducing delinquent debts, and improving credit. For their ongoing excellence, they have been awarded the 2021 Community Collaboration Award by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services Prevention and Early Intervention Division.

 Watch the Family Service Association in San Antonio's video story to learn more about them.

2020 Recognition & Stories


Patricia EspinosaPatricia Espinosa'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 by the Prevention and Early Intervention Division of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

 Watch Patricia Espinosa's video story to learn more about her.


Kayla MontalvoSince 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 from the Prevention and Early Intervention Division of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

 Watch Kayla Montalvo's video story to learn more about her.


Esteban RamosLeadership, participation and the willingness to take the lead are just a few of the reasons Esteban Ramos was nominated for and awarded a 2020 Outstanding Youth Award from the Prevention and Early Intervention Division of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

 Watch Esteban Ramos' video story to learn more about him.


Montserrat GaitanIn every aspect of her life, Montserrat Gaitan never does anything half way. This drive to give 110 percent has earned her an Outstanding Youth Award from the Prevention and Early Intervention Division of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

 Watch Montserrat Gaitan's video story to learn more about ther.


Jeff ReedJeff Reed has devoted nearly 20 years to the Family and Youth Success Program (formerly STAR) with the Deep East Texas Council of Governments (DETCOG) in Lufkin. Jeff’s compassion, community pride, and drive to foster and support change is evident in everything he does, which has earned him the 2020 Outstanding Leader Award from the Prevention and Early Intervention Division of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

 Watch Jeff Reed's video story to learn more about him.


Laura  KenderLaura 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 the 2020 Outstanding Leader Award from the Prevention and Early Intervention Division of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

 Watch Laura Kender's video story to learn more about her.


Brooke GordonBrooke Gordon's dedication to and passion for the wellbeing of families served by STARRY-Waco has earned her the 2020 Champion for Children and Families Award from the Prevention and Early Intervention Division of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

 Watch Brooke Gordon's video story to learn more about her.


The Parenting Help Collaborative logoThe 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 from the Prevention and Early Intervention Division of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

 Watch The Parenting Help Collaborative's video story to learn more about them.


Navarro County Early Childhood Coalition logoEven though it’s less than 2 years 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 from the Prevention and Early Intervention Division of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

 Watch Navarro County Early Childhood Coalition's video story to learn more about them.


Honorable Judge Peter SakaiThe 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 from the Prevention and Early Intervention Division of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. From his years on the bench and from his own study and research, as well as interacting with thousands of children, youth and families, Judge Sakai has shown in his work his understanding of the value of families being stronger, together.

 Watch Judge Sakai's video story to learn more about him.

2019 Recognition & Stories


Cecilia RamirezCecilia Ramirez is one of the recipients of the Outstanding Parent/Care Giver awards. Cecilia, a mother of four children, was once getting regular eviction notices. She is now in stable housing at New Hope in Houston and is changing her and her children’s lives through the Nurturing Parenting Program offered under PEI’s HOPES grant via a collaboration between DePelchin, Harris County Protective Services, and Buckner Children & Family Services.

Since she started last year, Cecilia is amazed at the progress she has achieved with the help of the family coach and case manager. She says, “I’ve set goals each month with Pam. I started with no vehicle and now I have transportation and a career.” Cecilia choose healthcare as her career industry through the program’s “Jobs for Life” course. She also was able to access courses in financial literacy and wellness. Cecilia is now setting her long-term goal to become a registered nurse in 2024. She is one of the many awardees that have overcome obstacles and have been resilient through trials.

 Watch Cecilia Ramirez's video story to learn more about her.


Carmen HernandezCarmen Hernandez was recognized as the Champion for Children and Families Award. Carmen is a PAT Parent Educator/Consultant in Houston. She was nominated because she embodies the passion of the families she serves. Carmen strives to let families know and understand their value and advocates for parent voice.

 Watch Carmen Hernandez's video story to learn more about her.


Jodi Newton Fort Worth CYD Project Manager Jodi Newton couldn’t be more deserving of the Outstanding Leader Award. She has worked for her organization for numerous years and is known throughout the Community Youth Development providers as a strong leader and role model.

 Watch Jodi Newton's video story to learn more about her.


Perla MoorePerla Moore is a parent tutor in the Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) program and was the recipient of Outstanding Parent/Caregiver Award. She is a mother of two and noticed how well her children did with the HIPPY program. That is when she was convinced the program worked and wanted to help other families.

 Watch Perla Moore's video story to learn more about her.


Cecilia RamirezZachary Andrews of Lubbock was recognized as an Outstanding Youth Award recipient. Zachary is described as servant leader and enjoys volunteering in Lubbock through the Communities in Schools program.

 Watch Zachary Andrews' video story to learn more about him.


Jennifer Ramirez Jennifer Ramirez of Austin was also recognized as an Outstanding Youth Award recipient. Jennifer was inspired to volunteer because it makes her feel more fulfilled. She is a part of the Community Youth Development program and is an impactful leader.

 Watch Jennifer Ramirez's video story to learn more about her.


The Community Collaboration Award was awarded to the Child Coalition of Webb County. The coalition was recognized for their work in forging solid relationships and referral pathways between coalition members. By working together, the child coalition reached a wider audience and covered the spectrum from prevention to intervention to treatment and now able to assist families regardless of where they fall on the spectrum of needs.

 Watch The Child Coalition of Webb County's video story to learn more about them.