PEI contracts with community-based programs and agencies to expand the available opportunities to maximize the potential of children and families in Texas communities. Not all services are available in all Texas communities. Services are free of charge and participation is voluntary. PEI does not provide housing, transportation, or any services outside of the scope contracted by local providers.

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Programs providing support to families with children of all ages

Family and Youth Success Program (FAYS - formerly STAR)

The FAYS program addresses family conflict and everyday struggles while promoting strong families and youth resilience. Every FAYS provider offers one-on-one coaching or counseling with a trained professional and group-based learning for youth and parents. FAYS programs also operate a 24-hour hotline for families having urgent needs. In some areas of the state FAYS only provides services to families with children 6-17 years of age.

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Fatherhood EFFECT

Fatherhood EFFECT programs provide parent education and resources to fathers. Beginning in FY20, Fatherhood EFFECT’s scope expanded to include collaboration with community coalitions, encouraging organizations to increase the quality of supports targeted specifically at fathers and pivoting to explicitly include and support fathers across multiple programs in an organization or community.

Service Members, Veterans, and Families (SMVF) Program

The SMVF program provides support for families of children ages 0-17 in which one or both parents are serving, or have served, in the armed forces, reserves, or National Guard. Through parenting, education, counseling, and youth development resources, this program:

  • Builds on the strengths of both caregivers and children to promote strong families.
  • Partners with military and veteran caregivers to support positive parental involvement in their children’s lives.
  • Partners with military and veteran caregivers to maximize their ability to give their children emotional, physical and financial support.
  • Builds community coalitions focused on promoting positive outcomes for children, youth and families.

Programs providing support to families with young children

Healthy Outcomes through Prevention and Early Support (HOPES)

Project HOPES is a flexible community grant that funds a wide variety of innovative initiatives and supports for families with children 0-5 years of age. Supports typically include home-visiting services, as well as other supports that build protective factors such as parent support groups, maternal depression screening, early literacy promotion, case management, and other parent education. HOPES grants include collaborations with faith-based organizations and local providers of health care, child welfare, early childhood education, and other child and family services in the community.

Helping through Intervention and Prevention (HIP)

HIP provides voluntary, in-home parent education using evidence-based or promising practice programs and other support services. This includes basic needs support to families with a newborn who are experiencing adversity. The HIP program increases protective factors for specialized families involved with the child welfare system. This includes currently pregnant, formerly pregnant, and parenting foster youth. The programs are designed to support healthy, nurturing, and safe homes for children and ultimately promote positive outcomes for children and families.

Texas Home Visiting (THV)

THV is a free, voluntary program through which early childhood and health professionals regularly visit the homes of pregnant women and families with children under 6 years of age. Through the use of evidence-based models, the program supports positive child health and development outcomes, increases family self-sufficiency, and creates communities where children and families can thrive.

THV includes a broader set of funding that allows communities to select the model best suited for them. In addition to the funding appropriated through the Texas Legislature, THV is also funded through Maternal Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV), a federal grant that allows communities to choose among the following evidence-based home visiting models:

  • Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP)
  • Parents as Teachers (PAT)
  • Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY)
  • Healthy Families America (HFA)

These funds also support the coordination of local and state early childhood coalitions to build comprehensive early childhood systems. The unique Texas model utilizes both service and system-level strategies to improve broad child and family outcomes.

Texas Nurse Family Partnership (TNFP)

TNFP is a free, voluntary program through which nurses partner with first-time mothers to improve prenatal care and provide one-on-one child development education and counseling. Families start the partnership with TNFP by their 28th week of pregnancy and can receive support until their child reaches 2 years of age.

In addition to the funding appropriated through the Texas Legislature, TNFP is also funded through:

  • Maternal Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV). MIECHV is a federal grant that supports the implementation of a combination of the following evidence-based home visiting models: Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP), Parents as Teachers (PAT), Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY), and Healthy Families America (HFA). These funds support the coordination of local and state early childhood coalitions to build comprehensive early childhood systems. The unique Texas model uses both service and system-level strategies to improve broad child and family outcomes.
  • HOPES. HOPES is an existing PEI program that provides a variety of innovative community-based initiatives and support for families with children 0-5 years of age.

Programs providing support to families with youth

Community Youth Development (CYD)

Through the CYD program, PEI provides funding and technical assistance that affords community-based organizations the opportunity to foster positive youth development and build healthy families and resilient communities. CYD is a zip code based program and provides services in zip codes with high incidences of juvenile crime. Communities prioritize and fund specific prevention services to address their community level needs.

Statewide Youth Services Network (SYSN)

The SYSN program creates a statewide network of youth programs aimed at positive youth development for youth ages 6 to 17. PEI funds allow state-level grantees to identify areas that may benefit from additional resources and target specific support to local communities to maintain the statewide network. Examples of service provided through SYSN include mentoring and youth skills development.

Special Initiatives

Special initiatives include the Get Parenting Tips website, an annual parenting tips calendar, and the annual Partners in Prevention Training Conference.

  • Get Parenting Tips: A website offering support for parents to foster child safety and prevent child abuse. Includes a vast amount of resources for parents including:
    • Parenting Tips: These tips for parents give advice from top experts.
    • Videos: Animated and real-life videos for parents of all ages.
    • Local Support: Resources for concrete support in your area.
    • Free Downloads: Colorful resources, including an annual calendar with parenting tips for each month of the year.
  • Annual Partners in Prevention training conference.