PEI Provider News Volume 6, Issue 30

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PEI Provider News
A PEI Newsletter Volume 6, Issue 30

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 respond 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: Information on the COVID-19 virus for providers.

The State of Michigan has published an Educator’s Guide to Supporting the Social and Emotional Needs of Students. The resource is targeted to teachers, but includes a resource packet and guide for parents.

Early Childhood Intervention Survey due Sept. 3

The Texas Health and Human Services Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) program is asking partners and referral sources to complete the ECI Child Find Assessment Survey for Referral Sources no later than September 3, 2020. The information collected will be used to identify strengths, areas of improvement and gaps in child find efforts statewide.

If you have any questions, please contact Tammy Miller via email or at (512) 776-4326.

"Catch up to Get Ahead" Immunization Campaign

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to worrisome declines in well-child visits and routine immunization rates. During National Immunization Awareness Month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is urging healthcare providers and parents to “catch-up to get ahead” on childhood immunizations. HHS is offering a free library of social media posts for providers to promote immunizations in your community. Visit for more information. 

FRIENDS Digital Resources

FRIENDS National Center for Community-Based Child Abuse is offering a variety of prevention resources from across the nation. 

Upcoming Webinar

Tools to Support Effective Collaboration for Strengthening Families

Date: Wednesday, August 26
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (CST)
Registration Link

Learn how to use Planning Title IV-E Prevention Services: A Toolkit for States and other frameworks to meaningfully collaborate with public and community partners in building prevention-focused systems.

Register for the Child Welfare Virtual Expo


Registration is open for this year’s Child Welfare Virtual Expo: Strengthening Families Through Prevention and Collaboration on Thursday, September 24. This virtual learning opportunity invites professionals from federal, state, tribal and partner agencies and organizations across the country to engage in online activities, discussions and skill building around strengthening families, creating prevention-focused child welfare systems and supporting implementation of the Family First Prevention Services Act.

Register today. Contact with any questions. 

Connect with the PEI Learning Hub

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Achieve OnDemand: Home Visiting with Families during Pregnancy 

Home visitors can greatly enrich a mother’s experience throughout her pregnancy, birth and first days of a new family’s life together. By being actively involved during each trimester, you can build a trusting relationship with families and achieve the optimal goal of ensuring they are ready for birth and strong parent-child bonds. This course offers practical tools for you to use during home visits, including encouraging planning for the birth, family member involvement and care post birth. While this course addresses the emotional and physical aspects of the perinatal period, it also prompts you as a learner to reflect on how your personal beliefs about parenting may influence your practice with families.

PEI Marketing Toolkit Social Media - Part II

Join PEI Communications staff and Laura Gamez, DFPS Social Media Specialist, as they walk through the best practices for using social media for your organization. Developed with the DFPS Office of Communications, this resource will help engage coalition members and empower them with data, benefits, news, share best practices, build your base of supporters and drive visitors to your website to learn more about our services.

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

Be Strong Families Trainings for PEI

COVID-19 Daily Webinars 

Date: Daily
Times: 12:00 p.m. (English) and 1:30 p.m. (Spanish)
Register Now

Be Strong Families is hosting a series of COVID-19 related webinars in English (12:00 p.m.) and Spanish (1:30 p.m.) daily. Check out their website for topics including grieving experiences and expectations, family storytelling workshop, self-care for caregivers, financial resilience, and candid experiences of COVID-19. 

For more information email:

Save the Date: CWLA Virtual Summit

The Child Welfare League of America will host their annual CWLA Virtual Summit: Advancing Racial Justice, Equity, and Inclusion for Children and Families on October 6th-8th. The summit will explore the following areas: 

  • Evolution of child welfare services, highlighting learning and innovations developed during the pandemic
  • Discussing solutions and goals to achieve racial justice, equity and inclusion
  • Highlighting collaborative approaches for cross-system, cross-sector and community engagement
  • Identifying system, policy and funding changes needed for improved progress on family strengthening and child well-being

The summit will also feature a series of webinars leading up to the October event dates to provide context and supportive information in advance of the summit presentations. Register today.

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