Children's Services

The goal of this program is to prevent/reduce victimization of girls who are vulnerable to sex trafficking. The objectives and deliverables of this program include:

Category 1: Project Sites

  • Replicate and scale-up prevention and early intervention programs (including mentoring programs) for girls who are at risk of or are victims of sex trafficking that have undergone rigorous evaluation and/or have a track record of success. Program models should include a plan to develop services and interventions for high-risk girls, including those with a history of trauma caused by physical and sexual abuse, commercial sexual exploitation, and domestic minor sex trafficking.
  • Implement or enhance efforts to identify and provide services to girls who are at risk of or are victims of sexual exploitation or sex trafficking. This may include street outreach efforts, partnerships with organizations that serve the youth community, and/or collaboration with key stakeholders in the community.
  • Participate in an annual peer-to-peer learning (cluster meeting) opportunity hosted by the OJJDP-funded training and technical assistance provider under Category 2 of this solicitation. (See Budget Information and Associated Documentation under Section D. Application and Submission Information for details).

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) expects these programs to be based upon best practices, and they may include a variety of services (i.e., mentoring, educational, counseling, etc.).  OJJDP expects successful applicants to work closely with the selected training and technical assistance provider.

Category 2: Training and Technical Assistance
This category will expand the skills of program providers and other stakeholders working to prevent trafficking of girls.  This includes the development and provision of training and technical assistance to the OJJDP funded programs under Category 1 of this solicitation.  Training can also be developed for non-OJJDP grantees working with girl victims of sex trafficking, including training for probation, detention center staff, law enforcement, judges and education professionals.  The successful applicant is expected to develop and host an annual meeting for the grantees funded under Category 1 of this solicitation.

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Solicitation Webinar
The webinar will provide a general overview of the OJJDP FY 2020 Preventing Trafficking of Girls solicitation. It will highlight key eligibility and solicitation requirements. It will also identify tools and resources for applicants that will facilitate the application process. Lastly, it will provide an opportunity for applicants to ask questions.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
All times are Eastern Time unless noted otherwise.

Secretary of Education Implements State-Level Waivers to Ensure Continuity and Flexibility
Governor shares video message to students, parents and educators

April 9, 2020
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Harrisburg, PA – Continuing his efforts to protect the health and safety of students and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Tom Wolf today announced that all schools will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year. The governor made the decision in consultation with Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine and Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera. Students and families can continue to pick up meals at designated sites.

Although schools are closed, teaching and learning may continue: schools are strongly encouraged to provide continuity of education for all students in the most appropriate and accessible ways possible. PDE has secured resources intended to help all schools that want to use them – including those not currently offering online platforms, those requiring additional technology support, and those that may rely on traditional methods, such as paper lessons, to continue educating students. There is no cost to schools or students for these resources.

“We must continue our efforts to mitigate the spread of the virus during this national crisis,” Governor Wolf said. “This was not an easy decision but closing schools until the end of the academic year is in the best interest of our students, school employees and families.”

Secretary Rivera said the administration’s primary consideration has always been to make the best decision in the context of student and community health and safety.

“While the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic and its mitigation efforts have created uncertainty in our schools and communities, today’s action to close schools for the remainder of the academic year provides school communities with predictability and understanding of the conditions under which they’ll be operating and serving students,” Rivera said. “As schools and communities adapt to the prolonged school closure, PDE will continue to work with our state, educational, and business and nonprofit partners to meet the needs of students.”

Today’s decision applies to all public K-12 schools, brick and mortar and cyber charter schools, private and parochial schools, career and technical centers and intermediate units. All Department of Education early learning program classrooms, including those for Pre-K Counts, Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program (HSSAP) and Preschool Early Intervention, will also remain closed.

Colleges and universities may not resume in-person instruction or reopen their physical locations until the governor permits them to open or lifts the closure of non-life-sustaining businesses.

Schools will remain closed though the end of the 2019-2020 academic year as it is defined by the local school calendar.

Under the state’s directive, schools could begin summer programming on the day after their academic year ends.

Secretary Rivera added that all re-openings will be contingent on public health guidance provided by the Secretary of Health and stay-at-home orders issued by the governor.

In addition to the school closure announcement, through his order Secretary Rivera also took action that will ensure crucial stability of education programs. Under Act 13 of 2020, the secretary has exercised his executive authority to adjust requirements for the evaluation of professional employees and waive student teaching requirements that may not be possible in the context of school closures.

“By taking these actions, the department is providing flexibility in the near term, while signaling that core functions of public education can and will continue,” he said.

The department has been providing ongoing guidance to school communities in the form of FAQs. The guidance information is available at

For more information about Pennsylvania’s education policies and programs please visit the Department of Education’s website or follow PDE on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.

MEDIA CONTACT:    Lyndsay Kensinger, Governor’s Office,
Eric Levis, PDE, 717-783-9802, or

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To ensure protection of the vulnerable populations cared for in our state facilities, and the staff who care for them, with the authority conferred by the Governor’s March 6, 2020 Proclamation of Disaster Emergency, and in consultation with the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH), DHS is issuing this directive for procedures that must be followed at a minimum for admission of an individual to one of our state facilities.

These State facilities include individuals served by the state hospitals and state centers, as well as adjudicated youth in Youth Development Centers and Youth Forestry Camps (YDCs/YFCs).

View the guidance on the revised admissions protocols here.

As you know, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, in striking down the recent Juvenile Law Center Petition, did order that the County President Judges direct their Probation and/or Children and Youth agencies to conduct a review of the residential facilities COVID-19 Response plans that serve their children in out of home placement.

RCPA worked with the PA Chief Probation Officers Council and the Juvenile Courts Judges Commission, as well as other stakeholders to develop this COVID-19 Provider Preparedness Questionnaire. It has been recommended to the Courts that if a facility has already developed a COVID-19 Response Policy or Protocol, that it can be submitted in lieu of the full questionnaire, as long as any questions not covered in the policy are addressed separately. Many of you have already completed such a plan.

It is the hope that this  protocol will reduce the amount of effort necessary on the part of the counties as well as the providers, and it can be distributed as the requests come in, or perhaps proactively to all the counties that have youth in your facility.

If you have any questions or feedback, please contact RCPA Children’s Division Director Jim Sharp.