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vulnerable citizens in our society,
a life free of violence and fear."
-Nelson Mandela

PEI Kids > Who We Are > History


Capital Campaign Logo, 2001

Capital Campaign Logo, 2001

Since 1985, PEI Kids has served the Greater Mercer County community with the mission of promoting and maintaining a safe environment for all children. PEI Kids began as Prevention Education, Inc., when our founders, who worked at a rape crisis center, discovered there were no prevention programs for children in Mercer County regarding child sexual abuse and child assault prevention. Among our initial successes was implementing one of the first Child Assault Prevention (CAP) projects in New Jersey, which the Governor’s Task Force on Preventing Child Abuse selected as the first primary prevention program in the State. Since that time, our services have expanded to include programs relating to personal safety, child sexual abuse prevention and counseling, school safety and bullying, anger management, juvenile intervention and gang prevention, and support services for children in foster care.

Originally staffed by two people, PEI Kids currently has nine full-time and 43 part-time staff members as well as an incredibly passionate Board of Trustees. PEI Kids also has strong working relationships with local law enforcement, government agencies, schools, universities, and other social service organizations.

Below are links to historic events at PEI Kids.

Class on Preventing Sexual Abuse of Children Readied (The Princeton Packet, April 1985)

1st Annual Report (1987)

Safe Space Opens (The Times, February 1988)

1st Annual Dinner & Silent Auction (March 1992)

10th Anniversary Annual Report (1995)

First Newsletter – Postings (September 1996)

The Play House (1997) & Great American Duck Race (1999)

Capital Campaign (Business News, February 2001)

The Times Launches Holiday Appeal (The Times, November 2001)

Prevention Education Inc. is now PEI Kids (June 2004)

20th Anniversary Annual Report (2005)

PEI Kids & PACF Announce Start of Endowment Fund (The Times, June 2007)

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