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ChildBuilders’ Program Overview – Updated

ChildBuilders' Approach to Keeping Children Safe

We have been serving the Houston community since 1974. Our mission is to promote mental health and prevent abuse by empowering children, parents, and teachers with assertiveness skills, emotional control, empathy, resilience, and the ability to resolve conflict nonviolently.

ChildBuilders envisions a community where all children are respected, nurtured, and protected.

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Stand Strong • Say Safe

Stand Strong • Stay Safe - Early Childhood

Stand Strong • Stay Safe Early Childhood - Lesson 1: Assertiveness

This video version of the first lesson of the Early Childhood curriculum was recorded for use during presenter training. While there is more interaction with children during a classroom presentation, this is a good representation of the scripted program. Please note that the program has been updated since this was filmed, including revision of the puppets.

Stand Strong • Stay Safe - Elementary

Stand Strong • Stay Safe Elementary - Lesson 1 Series

This collection of four short videos was developed for educators working remotely during Covid to offer virtual instruction in the Stand Strong • Stay Safe basic skills. You can navigate using the arrows in the box in the top left, or watch the videos in sequence one after the other.

Other Programs

Where Are ChildBuilders' Programs?

BakerRipley Head Start

Stand Strong • Stay Safe - Early Childhood taught in every classroom.

Fort Bend ISD

Approved provider of child abuse prevention programs. All elementary counselors trained in Stand Strong • Stay Safe. 3,448 students reached in 2022-2023.

Galena Park ISD

Select elementary counselors trained in Stand Strong • Stay Safe. 1,587 students reached in 2022-2023.

Gulf Coast Community Services Association

Stand Strong • Stay Safe - Early Childhood taught in Head Start Center classrooms

Klein ISD

Klein Oaks High School uses Parents Under Construction and Relationship Smarts Plus as needed with teens who are pregnant and parenting. 179 students reached in 2022-2023

Lamar CISD

All elementary counselors trained in Stand Strong • Stay Safe and implementing portions. 5,422 students reached in 2022-2023.

Pasadena ISD

Approved provider of child abuse prevention programs. All elementary counselors trained in Stand Strong • Stay Safe. 13,797 children reached in 2022-2023.

Pearland ISD

Approved provider of child abuse prevention programs. All elementary and middle-level counselors trained in Stand Strong • Stay Safe. 5,403 children reached in 2022-2023.

Spring Branch ISD

Select elementary counselors trained in Stand Strong • Stay Safe. 1,040 students reached in 2022-2023.

Private/Charter Schools

In 2022-2023, teachers at Awty International School, Amigos Por Vida Charter School, and Brook Hill School (Tyler, TX) reached 523 children through Stand Strong • Stay Safe and Build to Nurture.

Professional Development Services

Educators in the following schools/districts/centers received professional development programming from ChildBuilders: Alief ISD Communities in Schools; BakerRipley; Clear Creek ISD; Cy-Fair ISD; Fort Bend ISD; Galena Park ISD; Goose Creek ISD; Houston ISD; Klein ISD; Lamar CISD; Pasadena ISD; Pearland ISD; Spring Branch ISD; Spring ISD; Amigos Por Vida Charter School; Awty International; Brook Hill School; Collaborative for Children; Epiphany Catholic School; Houston Area Women's Center; NAMI-Houston; Northland Christian; Centerra Ranch Montessori; St. Catherine's Montessori; St. Francis Episcopal School; St. Laurence Catholic School; St. Catherine of Sienna Episcopal School; British International School; Monarch School; Village Early Learning; Yellowstone Schools; and 33 private/in-home childcare centers.

Meet Our Team

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Executive Director

Amanda stepped into the role of Executive Director of ChildBuilders in 2017 after 10 years of service to the organization. Her public health background provides an ideal perspective from which to improve community mental health.

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Director of Program Services

Gretchen joined ChildBuilders as a social work intern in 2008 after nearly 10 years in public education. She is dedicated to developing innovative approaches to preventing violence and abuse.

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Consultant

Janet is a licensed professional counselor, marriage and family therapist, and play therapist. Her dedication to ChildBuilders’ mission and vision has spanned three decades.

Program Consultant

Priscilla holds graduate and undergraduate degrees from Houston Christian University in Elementary Education and Curriculum and Instruction. She joined ChildBuilders in 2014.

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