ChildBuilders' Approach to Keeping Children Safe
ChildBuilders has served 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.
ChildBuilders' partnerships in the communities surrounding Greater Houston are long-lasting. Counselors and educators from many school districts in the area have played a role in the development of our curricula and training opportunities, ensuring that ChildBuilders' programs remain responsive to the local need. Our recent revision of the Early Childhood edition of Stand Strong • Stay Safe depended heavily on the input of counselors, educators, and community members from across the Houston area.
Last school year, over 32,600 students learned about personal safety, healthy relationships, emotional control, and resilience thanks to these partnerships. Counselors in Fort Bend ISD, Lamar Consolidated ISD, Klein ISD, Pearland ISD, Pasadena ISD, Galena Park ISD, and Spring Branch ISD were instrumental in that achievement. Public charter schools, private schools, and Head Start programs also work hard to help ChildBuilders build a community where all children are respected, nurtured, and protected.
Our goal for this school year is to serve 35,000 children, educators, and parents. Support from the George Foundation, Powell Foundation, HHF Foundation, HEB Tournament of Champions, Samuels Foundation, MDPC Foundation, Chapelwood Foundation, Zinn Foundation, The Junior League of Houston, Charity Guild of Catholic Women, TPC Group, Leslie Alexander Foundation, our Board of Directors, and the many individuals who donate to our organization make it possible to subsidize the cost of programs throughout Greater Houston. We are proud of our recent successes, but always keep in mind that we could not make an impact on the community without the steadfast support of our school partners and financial supporters. Thank you!
Stand Strong • Say Safe
Early Childhood Samples
Stand Strong • Stay Safe
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.
Stand Strong • Stay Safe
Lesson 1: Be Assertive
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.
Build to Nurture
Build to Nurture prepares young children with social and emotional skills they need to become caring, nurturing, and contributing members of their families and communities. It includes 8 interactive lessons that easily integrated into Pre-K through 1st grade classrooms with hands-on learning, and center activities. Parental involvement is encouraged through Home Connections. Lessons and strategies are evidence-informed and designed to improve classroom climate and promote inclusion, community, and connection.
Building Pathways to Healthy Minds - Webinar Series
Building Pathways to Health Minds Webinar series is designed to support mentally healthy parenting, caregiving, and teaching practices throughout our communities. ChildBuilders regularly hosts a series for parents/caregivers and a series for educators/school personnel in an interactive format on Zoom. Our current calendar can be found at our Events page, or by following us at Eventbrite. Detailed information including objectives and outcomes for each webinar in our series can be viewed in our Catalog. Listed here are the give Parent Webinars in our series. Click on each to find a description, recordings in English and Spanish, and supplemental materials as applicable.
Upcoming Webinars for Parents, Caregivers, and Educators
Webinars for parents, caregivers, and educators are offered regularly throughout the year at absolutely no cost to participants, live on Zoom. Webinars designed for educators and school personnel earn participants free CE credits, while webinars for parents/caregivers are live-interpreted into Spanish. Ask questions, raise concerns, and find resources through these interactive learning opportunities. Share our flyers, and see the most up-to-date information at Events.
Best of all, school administrators can contact our team about booking customized workshops for their schools, centers, and even districts. Our newly-launched webinar for educators called Cultivating Healthy Classrooms with Empathy and Connection has been a huge hit for teacher in-service days. If your school or center is located within certain counties, these opportunities may be subsidized or free to you.
Meet Our Team
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.
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.
Janet is a licensed professional counselor, marriage and family therapist, and play therapist. Her dedication to ChildBuilders’ mission and vision has spanned three decades.
Priscilla holds graduate and undergraduate degrees from Houston Christian University in Elementary Education and Curriculum and Instruction. She joined ChildBuilders in 2014.