Welcome to PEI Kids
PEI Kids is dedicated to promoting and maintaining a safe environment for all children. PEI Kids works with the child, family and caregiver to provide prevention, education and intervention programs regarding personal safety, sexual abuse and the overall well-being of the child.
Quick Facts About PEI Kids
1) PEI Kids began in 1985 as Prevention Education Inc., when our founders, who worked at a rape crisis hotline, discovered there were no prevention programs for children to teach them about child sexual abuse.
2) PEI Kids’ mission is promoting and maintaining a safe environment for all children. Our aspiration for the children of Mercer County is “Safe Kids, Sound Futures.”
3) PEI Kid’s Prevention Education programs on topics including child assault and sexual abuse prevention; bullying; and cyber-safety, reach over 14,000 children aged 3-16, as well as parents and school staff, in more than 65 Mercer County public and private schools each year.
4) In 2011, PEI Kids’ became the lead agency of the Greater Mercer Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse, part of the statewide and national “Enough Abuse” Campaign.
5) On average, over 250 cases of child sexual abuse in Mercer County are reported each year; and the County Prosecutor’s Office refers 100% of victims and families to PEI Kids for child-trauma focused and family-centered support services.
6) Run with local law enforcement, the Mercer County Juvenile Probation Department and Family Court, PEI Kids Juvenile Intervention programs for youth on probation and/or with anger management issues have helped more than 1,300 juvenile offenders on probation become less of a danger to themselves and the Mercer County community – offering violence prevention and conflict resolution skills development, gang culture education, tolerance and critical thinking skills, and training in respect for authority.
7) Each year, under contract with the NJ Department of Children and Families, PEI Kids supervises more than 1,600 court-mandated visits between children in the foster care system and their biological families and manages a transportation program for children in the child welfare system and their families who need transport for medical, therapeutic and other visits.