PEI Provider News Volume 7, Issue 14

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PEI Provider News
A PEI Newsletter Volume 7, Issue 14

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

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Coronavirus Resources

The Centers for Disease Control published the Holiday Celebrations and Small Gatherings resource full of holiday safety information and resources for coping during the pandemic.

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

Coronavirus Resources for PEI ProvidersInformation on the COVID-19 virus for providers.

Governor Abbot Announces Holiday Comfort Food Care Packages for Texas Youth and Families. "The Holiday Comfort Food Care Package program will provide holiday meals for our most vulnerable youth and families, while giving Texans another way to support local restaurants and their fellow Texans experiencing hardships due to COVID-19," said Governor Abbott. 

To donate a meal to a family visit:

Restaurants interested in participating in the program can sign up on the Texas Restaurant Association website.

For more information see Governor Abbott’s press announcement.

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Prevention and Early Intervention Releases Two Reports on December 1

Texas Home Learning

Prekindergarten Teaching Strategies resources, including assessment tools, will be available to anyone who wants to use them (child care, private PK, Head Start, home school, etc.). The license runs through November 2023. There was a webinar earlier this week that talked about the opportunity. The link to the recording of that webinar is here.

Open Enrollment for Affordable Care Act Coverage Ends December 15

Open enrollment for people eligible for marketplace insurance plans runs through Dec. 15. 

To apply for or re-enroll in Marketplace coverage, visit or call the Marketplace Call Center at 1-800-318-2596. TTY users can call 1-855-889-4325.

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Training Tuesdays with PEI

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Join us from 2:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M. CST as we explore current, relevant topics based on state trends, featuring PEI speakers and guest experts.

Dec 8: Real-Time Data -Tracking Enrollments Using PEIRS Reports

Whether you’re new to PEIRS or an experienced user, learn how PEIRS reports can support your work. We will explore how to access and download PEIRS reports and demonstrate how to track enrollments using specific reports. 

Be Strong Families Parent Café Enhanced Technical Assistance

Did you attend the Parent Café Training in May-July 2020? Be Strong Families is hosting a series of Parent Café Enhanced Technical Assistance webinars for providers who participated in the PCTI trainings. Providers recently Certified as Parent Café hosts are strongly encouraged to attend. Register for the last webinar in the series below:

Webinar #3 - Creating Compelling Themes
Date: Thursday, December 17th
Time: 2:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Join your fellow Café Hosts in developing themes that engage parents in conversations that matter! Learn how to match the Protective Factors to themes that will get parent's attention.

The Essentials of Home Visiting

Essentials Home Visiting

Visit the Essentials of Home Visiting portal to register for and attend webinars at a cost of $25.00 per webinar session.

Understanding Substance Abuse through the Family Lens (Webinar)

Date: Tuesday, December 8th
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 A.M. CST
Register by Monday, Dec 7th at 10:00 AM CST

As a home visitor, how do you intentionally respond to situations where substance abuse is present in the families you support? This webinar discusses ways to recognize a family's values and strengths which can help guide you approach when working with a family impacted by substance abuse. We will also explore how substance abuse affects family dynamics.

Note: This webinar complements Challenges in Home Visiting: Substance Abuse self-paced course.

Trauma for Supervisors: Putting the Pieces Together (Webinar)

Date: Wednesday, December 16th
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CST
Register by Tuesday, December 15th at 12:00 PM CST

As a supervisor, how can you support your staff and yourself in an intentional and trauma-informed manner? This webinar discusses the impact of trauma on multiple constituents – children, families, home visitors, supervisors and communities. We also identify common supervisory pitfalls as well as support strategies designed to improve the outcomes of each scenario. 

Early Childhood Development Webinar Series

Date: Wednesday, December 16th
Time: 1:00 P.M. - 2:00 P.M CST
Virtual & Free

In recognition of the expansive and rigorous early childhood work amongst its acclaimed faculty, The University of Texas System of eight academic and six health institutions is hosting the new Early Childhood Scholar Series for researchers, policymakers, and the early childhood field across the state and country. 

The learning series is a unique opportunity to access current research from some of the nation’s leading scholars studying the prenatal to age 8 developmental period. with speakers Frances Champagne, Ph.D. (Professor of Psychology at UT Austin) and Cynthia Osborne, Ph.D. (Associate Dean of UT Austin LBJ School of Public Affairs).

Connect with the PEI Learning Hub

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Foundations of Infant Mental Health Practice in Home Visiting (Self-Paced Course)

Caring about the parent-child relationship is a primary purpose of home visiting with families. By using the power of observation, listening, and inquiry with a family, you activate a parent's learning, so they use the same strength-based skills with their child. This course covers critical issues in infant mental health and provides practical ways home visitors can use observation and listening to strengthen the parent-child relationship. It also incorporates strategies for incorporating reflection to extend the 'learning together.’

Full completion of this Achieve OnDemand learning experience qualifies for .3 IACET Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

Reflective Supervision/Consultation: Best Practices

This 1-hour webinar is intended for anyone who is interested in expanding their exploration of reflective supervision/consultation (RSC). The training will begin by introducing and reviewing the newly revised version of the Best Practice Guidelines for Reflective Supervision/Consultation. Then, the training will focus on 3 distinct ways that RSC may be provided: program supervision, group supervision, and virtual supervision.

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

PEIRS Application Cybersecurity Training

All users of the PEIRS application are required to complete the DFPS-approved cybersecurity training each year. 

If you access PEIRS and have not already completed this requirement, please visit the DFPS Cybersecurity Training Page below:

DFPS Cybersecurity Training Page

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Funding Opportunities: PEI Request for Applications

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. 

Funding Opportunity: Texas Prenatal to Three Collaborative Mini Grant Application

The Texas Prenatal to Three (PN- 3) Collaborative seeks to award up to six mini-grants to city, county, or regional-level organizations that are interested in focusing on building increased support for healthy beginnings, supported families, and quality early care and learning for infants and toddlers. The mini grant application can be found at the following link and proposals are due by February 1, 2021.

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2021 Prevention Calendars Now Available

Parenting Calendar 2021 Covers

This free family resource is filled with helpful tips for parents and caregivers of children of all ages. It’s available in English and Spanish, and endorsed
by The Texas Pediatric Society.

Order while supplies last! Calendars are shipped for free and in quantities of 100 calendars per box. Questions? Contact us.

Order 2021 Calendars