PEI Provider News Volume 7, Issue 3

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PEI Provider News
A PEI Newsletter Volume 7, Issue 3

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.

Be Strong Families is hosting a series of 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. 

Casey Family Programs has released a collection of stories, videos and graphics highlighting how community based programs are adapting during the pandemic to construct innovative child and family well-being systems.    

A New Vision for DFPS

Department of Family and Protective Services Commissioner Jaime Masters recently outlined a new vision for DFPS to keep Texas families, children, and vulnerable adults safe from neglect and abuse. The 10-point plan highlights Prevention and Early Interventions' work with the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA), faith-based and community engagement work, and human trafficking initiatives. Download the new plan.

September 25: Congress on Children Virtual Event

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Presented by Voices for Children of San Antonio, Congress on Children is an opportunity to learn about the latest research and programs that address critical issues for children, opportunities to network with other child advocates, and to prioritize efforts to ensure a bright tomorrow for all children.

This year’s Congress on Children will focus on racial inequities and how to raise children to be anti-racist. Keynote Speaker Dr. Ibram Kendi, author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers How to Be an Antiracist and Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You will present. Register today

Register for the Partners in Prevention Conference

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Registration is live for the 20th Annual Partners in Prevention (PIP) Conference and the PEI Grantee Meeting (formerly known as Pre-Conference day). Grantees should register for both events.

Before you register, please review the following for PEI grantees:

PIP Grantee Meeting (formerly known as Pre-Conference day)

  • October 27, from 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. and
    October 28, from 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.
  • There is no fee for the Grantee Meeting. PEI is using the discount codes to track how many individuals have registered per contract.
  • A minimum of two and a maximum of six representatives from each grantee (including subgrantee and/or coalition representatives) must attend the Grantee Meeting event. Discount codes have been issued per contract and may be used up to six times each for this event.
  • When registering, please select the Grantee/Subgrantee registration type,
  • If you’d like to register more individuals for the Grantee Meeting please email to request an exception.

Register for the PEI Grantee Meeting

PIP Conference 

  • October 21-22 (all-day).
  • Each contract should have already received a complimentary registration PIP discount code that can be used for up to four free registrations per contract. Any registrations beyond that will cost $75 per registration.

Register for the PIP Conference


Workforce Development Month Tools and Resources

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In honor of Workforce Development Month, the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute is offering a resource bank of one-pagers, videos, and online courses to help organizations create and sustain an effective child welfare workforce. Visit the NCWWI Workforce Homepage for more information.

Don't Wait! Get Your Flu Shot Today

Flu Season is upon us. It's more important than ever for people to be vaccinated. The CDC recommends that everyone six months of age and older get the flu vaccine every season. Bookmark and share these flu-related resources:

Connect with the PEI Learning Hub

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Achieve OnDemand: Building Engaging and Collaborative Relationships with Families

As a home visitor, building strong relationships that support each member of the family’s growth and development is essential to your job. Whether establishing a relationship between parent and child or home visitor and parent, the principles and best practices are the same. By establishing a long-term relationship with families, you can model ways to interact that parents can adopt with their children. This course offers practical ways you can relate to parents that will motivate them to stay engaged with you.

Note: This training can earn you in-service credits towards Endorsement® from your state’s Infant Mental Health Association if your state is a member of the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health®. You can find contacts for state IMH Associations where you may reside at the Alliance's membership page. For more information about the Competency Guidelines®, categories, and Endorsements® at the Alliance's endorsement and licensing page. While completion of these courses will count toward an Endorsement® application or renewal, they may not fully satisfy a knowledge/skill area.


Managing Conflict with Skill and Confidence

Understanding conflict and resolving disagreements with confidence at work and in life is a key skill everyone should develop. Delve into tools and resources that can contribute to a more positive work environment for everyone. 


To take these courses: 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

Early Learning Distance Resource Guide

Early Learning Distance Resource Guide

The Early Learning Innovation Network recently published an Early Learning Distance Resource Guide with research-backed innovations developed through funding from the Department of Education, its Institute of Education Sciences,  and other federal agencies.

Highlighted resources are ready to use now, including Cognitive ToyBox’s virtual and in-person game-based assessments and PBS Kids mobile apps for STEM. 

Title IV-E Call for Programs and Services

The Title IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse has requested public recommendations for mental health, substance abuse, in-home parent skill-based, and kinship navigator programs and services to be considered for systematic review. 

This call is an opportunity for the public to recommend programs and services intended to provide enhanced support to children and families and prevent foster care placements.

Submission Deadline is October 5, 2020. Visit the Clearinghouse Home Page.