PEI Provider News Volume 6, Issue 24

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PEI Provider News
A PEI Newsletter Volume 6, Issue 24

Welcome to PEI Provider News! Our weekly e-newsletter to providers combines provider resources, stories of interest, exclusive educational opportunities and grant information.

Coronavirus Resources

Coronavirus Guidance from DSHS and the Governor is available online for all Texans as we continue responding to the pandemic. Information changes weekly; it's a good idea to bookmark this page for the most up-to-date, accurate information on current response efforts. 

Help and Hope COVID-19 resource page:
Visit to find updated resources for providers and the general public.

Coronavirus Resources for PEI Providers: We are continuing to update this resource page with relevant information on the COVID-19 virus for providers.

Resources to Support Children with DisabilitiesThe Administration for Children and Families' Office of Head Start has developed resources to virtually support children, families and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic including tools for working with infants and toddlers with disabilities and a simulation to learn about and practice using a relationship-based approach to talking with families about developmental concerns.

Be Strong Families hosts a series of COVID-related webinars in English (12:00 p.m. CDT) and Spanish (1:30 p.m. CDT) daily. Check out the website for topics including grieving experiences and expectations, family storytelling workshop, self-care for caregivers, financial resilience and candid experiences.

Policy Brief: COVID-19 and the Future Impact on Children

Dr. Chris Greeley and Dr. Quianta Moore released a policy paper through Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy discussing the future impact of the coronavirus pandemic on children today. The paper covers brain development, the impact of socioeconomic stress, parental maltreatment, opportunities for intervention and policy recommendations for supporting children and families that are most supportive of infant and early childhood brain development. 

Training Tuesdays with PEI

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Join us from 2:00-3:00 p.m. Central Standard Time each Tuesday as we explore current, relevant topics based on state trends, featuring PEI speakers and guest experts.

July 14: Safe Babies Evaluations and Resources

Safe Babies began five years ago as an evaluation of hospital-based prevention programs for infants. Since then, the program has evolved to cover a host of resources for families during the transition to parenthood. This webinar will discuss the results of these evaluations, how you can access these resources and the future course of the Safe Babies initiative.

July 21: Selecting a Caregiver

What's the best way to help choose a caregiver that will keep children safe? We'll explore the answer to that question, and provide detailed insight and guidance on different types of child care settings, using the DFPS website for finding child care, how to maintain safety of children in child care and more.

Webinar: Preventing and Responding to Family Violence During COVID-19

The Texas Institute for Excellence in Mental Health at the University of Texas at Austin and the Mental Health Technology Transfer Center are collaborating on a webinar series entitled ‘Preventing and Responding to Family Violence During COVID-19’. 

The first session, Supporting Families of Young Children at Risk for Ongoing Domestic Violence, begins July 14th from noon - 1:00 p.m. Register Today. 

Be Strong Families Trainings for PEI

PEI is excited to announce a series of free trainings facilitated by Be Strong Families. These trainings will be conducted virtually, and open to all PEI providers statewide. Space is limited to 30 participants per option so register today. Each participant will be emailed training materials.

Making Effective Referrals

Everybody needs help sometimes; when the right assistance comes at the right time, it can be lifesaving. This workshop teaches participants how to implement a client-driven, partnership-based approach to Information & Referral Services (I&R) where the focus is on building parents’ skills to research and access services as they both build their knowledge of what's available in the community. This two-day training will be offered two separate times.

 Choose only one option below:

Vicarious Trauma/Vicarious Resilience

Understanding how other people’s trauma impacts our own well-being is the first step to improving our ability to sustain positive relationships. The workshop begins with learning about and identifying our own signs of trauma exposure response and our emotional triggers. Participants practice strategies for de-escalating their own and others’ emotional responses at the moment. Participants will be introduced to Journey to Vitality, a framework for wellness. This 2-day training will be offered two separate times.

Choose only one option below:

For more information email:

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Communicating Effectively

Effective communication is one of the most important life skills we can learn – and yet it’s not something most people put a lot of effort into. We accept that some people are naturally good at public speaking or are really good at getting their point across in meetings. The truth is, effective communication is a skill, and like any skill, with practice you can improve. This course will provide you with the necessary knowledge, skills and confidence to be an effective communicator.

To take the course: Type or paste the course names above into the search bar on the PEI Learning Hub.

• Click on the course and select “request.”
• On your transcript select “launch” to begin.
• When the video is complete, go to "completed" courses in your transcript.
• Select "evaluate" to provide feedback.

For questions, contact

Professional Development Opportunity

Courtenay Fletcher and Susan Bernardo, authors of Sun Kisses, Moon Hugs are offering an interactive training entitled “Bibliotherapy and Social Emotional Arts: Using Books and Creativity to Help Children Deal with Stormy Emotions." This training session guides early childhood professionals and their supporters in using books and art to assist in the social emotional development of young children. Courtenay and Susan will offer helpful strategies to navigate the strong emotions of our young children as they begin returning to school and your classroom. Professional development hours are available upon completion. 

The webinar will take place July 18, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Registration ends on July 16th, and is free and open to the public.

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2020 Virtual Texas Fatherhood Summit

July 24th is the final Fatherhood Friday. The virtual summit runs from 10:30 a.m. - noon.Register today Questions? Contact

Journal Article: Rigorous Research in Child Maltreatment Prevention

Awareness of child abuse as a major public health problem in the US has resulted in an uptick in evidence-based programs, such as home visiting, to promote child and family functioning and health to prevent maltreatment from happening. While promising, the number of families served by these programs remains small relative to need. To broaden the evidence-base on child maltreatment prevention programs, and to encourage the use of rigorous research designs in community settings, the Children’s Bureau sponsored four randomized controlled trials of established programs that had a limited or no evidence base. The results are featured in a special edition of the Society for Prevention Research’s Prevention Science Journal.

To read the abstract, visit the SpringerLink website; contact PEI’s Research and Evaluation team for additional information.