PEI Provider News Volume 7, Issue 16

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PEI Provider News
A PEI Newsletter Volume 7, Issue 16
Happy Holidays Red Cropped

From our PEI family to yours, we wish you a very happy holiday.

Although the holidays may look different this year, we hope you are able to take some time to recharge and safely enjoy time with loved ones.

We will not have an issue next week but we will be back in the new year!

PEI Communications

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

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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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We Found Santa's Phone Number!

This year join millions as they enjoy a digital experience with good ol' St. Nick by calling Santa’s Hotline at (605) 313-4000. With COVID-19 still a lingering concern for many around the world, families have had to cancel their plans for a visit with their local mall Santa Claus.

Santa’s Hotline is a welcome resource to share in the holiday spirit with friends and family and experience Santa Claus digitally.

When you call Santa’s Hotline, you can leave a message with your wish list and let Santa know exactly what his elves should work on this year. Callers will be welcomed by Santa Claus himself! Call (605) 313-4000!

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Harvard University Podcasts: Building Responsive Relationships Remotely

Science tells us that responsive relationships—like those with serve and return interactions—between children and adults, adults and other adults, and children and other children help buffer us against the effects of ongoing stress. These relationships act as a core building block for resilience and help us navigate life’s ups and downs. How do we maintain and promote responsive relationships during the coronavirus pandemic? It’s important to connect virtually to support children, families, and care providers of all kinds.

In the Spring and Fall of 2020, Harvard University hosted a series of conversations with members of the Frontiers of Innovation community. Through these conversations, members shared their stories of innovation and resilience as they sought to maintain services to families and innovate not only overnight, but sometimes by the minute! The below link includes some tips, resources, and podcast episodes that may help navigate remote interactions during this time.

Listen to the Podcasts

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Cook Children's Community-wide Children's Health Assessment & Planning Survey

Cook Childrens Survey

For Collin, Denton, Grayson, Hood, Johnson, Parker, Tarrant, and Wise County Providers: 

Every three years, Cook Children's conducts a Community-Pwide Children's Health Assessment & Planning Survey (CCHAPS) to identify the health needs of children in our community. The survey results help guide us, along with our community partners, in developing solutions that address the most important issues.

CCHAPS plays a key role in our community health needs assessment. The assessment includes a review of facts from government and other health organizations, as well as input from community leaders regarding their views on children's health.

The information and survey results are used to track our progress over time and to help Cook Children’s and other nonprofit organizations, governments and churches in our area better serve children and families. All responses are kept confidential.

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Funding Opportunity: PEI Request for Application

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: Community Improvement 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