PEI Provider News Volume 7, Issue 7

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PEI Provider News
A PEI Newsletter Volume 7, Issue 7

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. 

Don't Wait! Get Your Flu Shot Today

Flu Season is here. The CDC recommends that everyone six months of age and older get the flu vaccine every season. Bookmark and share these flu-related resources:

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Register for the Partners in Prevention Conference

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

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

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.
  • 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

This year we’re partnering with the Texas Alliance of Child and Family Services to co-present two sessions during our overlapping conferences: 

  • 21st Century Child Welfare
  • Making Ethical Decisions Involving Race in Policy and Practice

Visit our PIP Conference Session page for more details.

Register for the 2020 Pediatric Brain Health Summit

The 2020 Pediatric Brain Health Summit, which is online and free to attend on November 5-6, 2020, is part of the Texas Pediatric Brain Health Initiative, a multi-sector, multi-agency collaboration focused on the prenatal to three-year-old developmental window. The purpose of the summit is to focus on building stronger connections between pediatric providers and community-based organizations that provide support and services for families.

Visit the Summit's website to get more information and make sure to register for both days of the Summit!

TWC Incentivizes Higher Quality for Child Care

The Texas Workforce Commission approved proposed changes to the rules for the Texas Rising Star Program for public comment. These rules will be published in the Texas Register with the public comment period open through November 23rd.

The Commission also approved new requirements for all providers serving subsidized children, to be phased in over the next five years. All subsidy child care providers will be required to pass a screening to confirm that they do not have significant Child Care Regulation licensing deficiencies and will be designated as “Pre-Star.”

Visit the Texas Workforce Commission Press Release page for more information.

The Resilience Breakthrough Podcast Podcast Episode 016: Pain to Propane 
Featuring Roberto Rivera

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Roberto Rivera Podcast

Roberto Rivera is an award winning artist, educator, and change agent who specializes in social emotional learning and youth empowerment. He received his undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he created his own major entitled “Social Change, Youth Culture and the Arts”. This major is now a learning community that brings spoken word artists and hiphop artists together from all over the world through a program at UW-Madison called First wave.

Rivera carries a masters degree in Youth Development with a focus on Social Justice, Urban Education, and he is a researcher and collaborator with CASEL. His work has been featured on WGN, Univision, Fox television, and numerous newspapers and radio shows around the nation and world. His work is also part of a permanent exhibit in the Illinois Holocaust Museum, and he is a proud husband and father of two creative and energetic boys.

Children Are Not Spectators

The Impact of Domestic Violence on Young Children and How Early Childhood Educators Can Help

Date: Saturday, October 24th
Time: 9:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M. (CST)
Registration Link

Join Voices for Children and Family Violence Prevention Services / Battered Women and Children’s Shelter for a live streamed event on domestic violence.

Children who are exposed to domestic violence experience social, emotional, and mental damage that can negatively impact their development and their learning. It is critical that those who care for and teach young children understand the impact of domestic violence, whether or not the children are themselves abused—as they often are. Our interactions with the children can buffer and protect them, as well as model nurturing, non-violent relationships.

Registration is FREE, open to the public, and closes October 23rd.

Four professional development hours will be given once you have completed the post event survey. The post survey will only be available in the Live Stream Event. You must attend all sessions to receive the Certificate. Social Work and Counseling CEUs available by request.

Brain Builders Parenting Class

Date: Saturday, October 24th
Time: 11:00 A.M. - 12:30 P.M. (CST)
Registration Link

The first three years of a child’s life are the most important for his or her brain development. Yet, many parenting programs do not teach parents the necessary skills to ensure their infants and toddlers have the best possible chance of having a healthy brain, which is important to do well in school and in life.

Rice University developed a group-based parenting program that provides science-based, skill-building support to help parents build their child’s brain. The Brain Builders Parenting Course (BBPC) is a free, interactive online program that covers topics ranging from language development to managing stress and building resilience. This program is designed for pregnant women and mothers with children under three. Moms can connect with other moms, and each class is held as a facilitated discussion with an opportunity to share life experiences and form new friendships.

For more information, please contact Outreach Coordinator, Laura Zelaya at or by phone at (832) 360-7697.

Connect with the PEI Learning Hub

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Motivation: The Science of Motivating Yourself and Your Team

Learn the Essential Skill for Every Entrepreneur and Leader.

Keeping Kids Safe on the Way to School and After

As most children are getting ready to return to school, we want to bring awareness of child pedestrian safety issues, the current research regarding emerging issues and ways to enforce safety measures.

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

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

For questions, contact

Achieve OnDemand is now The Essentials of Home Visiting

Essentials Home Visiting

Achieve OnDemand is changing its name to The Essentials of Home Visiting. Beginning October 7th, please use this link for any webinars from Start EarlyTM, formerly The Ounce/Achieve OnDemand.

Register for and attend webinars in the Essentials of Home Visiting portal at a cost of $25.00 per webinar session. 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®.

Achieve OnDemand: The Impact of Trauma in Home Visiting

Trauma shapes one’s view of the world and interactions with others. That’s why it surfaces and affects home visiting. You will learn how to recognize and understand the dynamics of trauma on families in the context of the community in which they live. While the experience of trauma varies from person to person and family to family, this course helps home visitors address how trauma affects parenting, decisions related to parenting, and dynamics in the parent-child relationship.

Achieve OnDemand: The Impact of Trauma in Supervising Home Visitors

Home visitors frequently encounter the effects of trauma in their work with individuals in a family and in the communities in which they work. This course will further your understanding of the impact of trauma on family and community systems as encountered by home visitors. It also provides strategies for you as a supervisor to support a home visitor in addressing trauma while promoting practices of reflection and self-care.

Funding Opportunities

The Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) Division seeks applications to develop and implement:

All requests, questions or other communication about this RFA shall be made in writing to: 

Jennifer Kim, CTCD, CTCM
Health and Human Services Commission 1100 West 49th Street; Mail Code 2020 Building S Austin, TX 78756

All communications between Applicants and DFPS staff members concerning the RFA are strictly prohibited, unless noted elsewhere in this RFA. Failure to comply with these requirements may result in disqualification of Applicant's Grant Application. 

I am PEI: Angeland Allen, Fiscal Monitoring Manager


For Angeland Allen, helping Prevention and Early Intervention Providers meet their contracts requirements is both a job and a personal commitment to the children of Texas.

“I have always had passion for the care of children,” Angeland said. “I have a hearing-impaired child; ensuring that providers meet their contract requirements ensures that children like mine get the services and attention needed.”

Angeland  began her role as a manager in February 2020 one month prior to the pandemic, but is not a new face at PEI.

“I worked with Early Childhood for 3 years as a contract and budget specialist before I accepted this position,” she said.

In her current role Angeland is the manager for three fiscal monitors who review provider contracts for federal and state requirements. 

“We provide technical assistance to correct findings and follow up to make sure they are back in compliance,” she said.

While Fiscal Year 2021 is already underway, the early days of executing projects and contracts have made September and October a busy time for Angeland and the monitoring team.

“All 26 providers are currently reviewing  monitoring reports, corrective action plans and monitoring follow-ups to complete FY20,” she noted. “For FY21, we are working to streamline reporting and monitoring with new software to help monitoring processes be more efficient and transparent.” Once complete, the new monitoring tools will assist PEI staff and providers as new standardized templates and reports eventually roll out to all providers.

When she’s off the clock, Angeland’s loves are her family, her faith and the sea.

“I like to cruise around the Caribbean with my husband, volunteering in my community and enjoying my granddaughter,” she said. My family is very close. We were raised in a Baptist church environment and are taking precaution to prevent the spread of COVID-19, having lost one family friend to this deadly virus. Our beliefs keep us focused and living a life as normal as possible.” Angeland also enjoys baking character and theme cakes in her spare time and, since her Caribbean Cruise vacation is on hold due to the pandemic, she enjoys watching documentaries about undersea exploration.