PEI Provider News Volume 7, Issue 15

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PEI Provider News
A PEI Newsletter Volume 7, Issue 15

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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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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The Brain Architects Podcast: Connecting Health & Learning Part I: The Science

The environments we create and the experiences we provide for young children and their families affect not just the developing brain and early learning, but also many other physiological systems and lifelong health. Derived from the science in their most recent working paper, the newest episode of The Brain Architects podcast addresses all of these questions by explaining how early childhood development and lifelong health are intertwined. 

Listen to the Episode

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Training Tuesdays with PEI

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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.

Trauma-informed Care Among School Health Providers and Communities Webinar

Date: Tuesday, December 15th
Time: 1:00 P.M. - 2:00 P.M. CST

Tips and Tools for Leveraging Trauma Informed Care Techniques to Reduce Stress for Students, Teachers, and Providers. Join the Center of Excellence for Integrated Health Solutions in partnership with the School-based Health Alliance and the Weitzman Institute, for a two-part webinar series exploring trauma-informed care concepts and strategies first for providers and professionals, then among students and families within school communities.

PBS KIDS "Elinor Wonders Why" Free Webinar

Date: Tuesday, December 15th
Time: 3:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M. CST

Elinor Wonders Why, the newest series from PBS KIDS, centers around Elinor, an observant and curious bunny rabbit, and her friends Ari, a funny and imaginative bat, and Olive, a perceptive and warm elephant. The series encourages children and parents to ask their own questions and experience the joy of discovery and understanding together. Joined by PBS KIDS staff, advisors, and educators who have helped develop just in time digital games and media-rich resources, the goal of the webinar is to illustrate learning resource features and opportunities for immediate use in the classroom and family childcare programs, as well as remote learning.

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.

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).

Continuing the Dialogue: Infants and Toddlers Face Racism Too

Date: Thursday, December 17th
Time: 1:00 P.M. - 2:00 P.M. CST

Gain new insights about how racism shapes our lives from our earliest days. Join us for a special ZERO TO THREE Annual Conference session re-broadcast with a live facilitated dialogue. We’ll share excerpts from the session “Infants and Toddlers Face Racism Too: Science, Practice, and Policy”. Hear from the presenters about how racism affects America’s youngest residents–infants and toddlers. Continue the conversation with your peers and ZERO TO THREE faculty, Katrina Macasaet, as we share strategies and resources to help address racism and advance equity in early childhood systems, services, and programs.

Connect with the PEI Learning Hub

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Achieve OnDemand: Supervising Home Visitors (Self-Paced Course)

Supervision plays a vital role in keeping home visits centered on parent-child relationships and the content focused on the achievement of outcomes. Supervisors know, however, that home visitors routinely work with families whose complex needs go beyond what home visits alone can address. This course offers practical strategies new and experienced supervisors can use to make the most of their interactions and time with home visitors to meet these challenges. Explore best practices to ensure your team achieves success with families with your critical support as their supervisor.

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

Spark Training: Inclusive Language with LGBTQ+ Youth

This training, developed by the Adolescent Health Initiative at the University of Michigan and adapted by the Texas Dept. of Family and Protective Services, discusses ways that service providers can best support LGBTQ+ youth and use appropriate and sensitive language with clients.

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

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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. 

2021 Youth Garden Grant

Any nonprofit organization, public or private school, or youth program in the United States that serves at least 15 youth between the ages of three and 18 is eligible to apply for a 2021 Youth Garden Grant by to provide support, money, and materials for youth gardening initiatives. Applications are due December 18, 2020.

Community Improvemet Grant

Walmart’s Local Community Grant Program awards grants to eligible kindergarten-through-12th grade public, private or charter schools. Proposed projects could be a soup kitchen, food pantry, clothing closet, or other activities that benefit the community at large. Visit the Local Community Grant Program for a complete list of eligibility requirements and areas of funding. The deadline to apply is December 31. 

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