PEI Provider News Volume 7, Issue 18

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PEI Provider News
A PEI Newsletter Volume 7, Issue 18

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

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.

What’s Next with the COVID‑19 Vaccine in Texas: Texas continues to receive doses of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, and is distributing statewide to hospitals, pharmacies, local health departments, freestanding ERs and other clinics. Remember:

  • Do not show up at hospitals or clinic looking for vaccines.
  • Instead please check their website for information about vaccine availability.
  • Call only if the website doesn’t answer your questions.
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National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

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National Human Trafficking Awareness Day is January 11th.

According to the University of Texas at Austin (2017), there are over 300,000 victims of human trafficking in Texas, including almost 79,000 minors and youth victims of sex trafficking and nearly 234,000 adult victims of labor trafficking. The pandemic has made trafficking even worse, according to a report by Polaris.

Wear Blue Day is part of the Department of Homeland Security's Blue Campaign to combat human trafficking. Homeland Security works with law enforcement and organizations like DFPS to protect the basic right of freedom and bring those who exploit human lives to justice. 

PEI partners are invited to take photos of themselves, friends, family, and colleagues wearing blue clothing and then share them on social media – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram – along with the #WearBlueDay hashtag.

Anyone can participate, all you need is a piece of blue clothing! Be sure to tag the department in your post on social media by using the handle @TexasDFPS and email your photos to

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HelpAndHope is now

Our parenting tips website has a new look, feel, and URL. We listened to parents and built it to be easier to find for parents looking for help. You can now find our updated resources at!

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While the name has changed, the mission of our site stays the same: to provide quality parenting resources that help normalize the challenges of parenting, encourage seeking help, and support parents through their parenting journey. Bookmark the site today and share with families in your programs.

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Training Tuesdays with PEI

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Join us from every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month as we explore current, relevant topics based on state trends, featuring PEI speakers and guest experts.

PEI Updates for Fiscal Year 2021

Date: January 12th
Time: 3:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M. CST

Join PEI's Associate Commissioner, Sasha Rasco, and other members of the leadership team to discuss PEI’s view of the impact COVID-19 has had on Texas families, your work, and to communities in general. Questions? Contact


January 26th: Training Tuesdays with PEI: Prevention and Early Intervention Online Resources; A Virtual Tour

Date: January 26th
Time: 2:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M. CST

Description: In the digital age, human attention span has shrunk to 8 seconds, one second less than a goldfish. This two-part presentation will feature an exploration of what makes messaging effective and how to connect to your community members where they work, live, and play. We'll also host a virtual tour of the new family support website.

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.

Achieve OnDemand: Trauma in Families and Communities (Webinar)

Date: Wednesday, January 13th
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM CST (register by January 12th at 10:00 AM CST)

As a home visitor, how can you support yourself and the families you work with in an intentional and trauma-informed manner? This webinar identifies common missteps in working with families impacted by trauma. We will examine different strategies you can employ to support your families who are experiencing trauma. This webinar complements the Impact of Trauma in Home Visiting self-paced course in the PEI Learning Hub.

Achieve OnDemand: Being Present with Families (Webinar)

Date: Thursday, January 21st
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CST (register by January 20th at 12:00 PM CST)

How do our personal values and experiences impact the work we do? The qualities of being nonjudgmental, present, and an active listener will be covered as well as some potential barriers to active listening. This webinar complements the Basics of Home Visiting self-paced course.

Connect with the PEI Learning Hub

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The Impact of Trauma in Supervising Home Visitors (Self-Paced Course)

Home visitors frequently encounter the effects of trauma in their work with individuals in a family and in the communities in which they work. It’s the role of the home visiting supervisor to equip, support and partner with home visitors to address these issues within the bounds of their role in a home visiting program.

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.

Discover How Personalities Styles Build or Block Your Relationships

This course provides insights and techniques to uncover how your unique personality impacts your relationships. 


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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First3Years Conference March 2021

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First3Years will hold its first annual Build Up! Conference to support early childhood professionals March 2-3. The virtual conference will focus on different ways to reinforce and solidify a strengths based perspective to support early childhood professionals in their skills and how to care for themselves as a provider.

To learn more and register for the workshop, visit the First3Years website.

A pre-conference workshop is available on March 1st and will be limited to 50 attendees. This pre-session workshop will allow for an interactive time together learning about brain development and playing the Brain Architecture Game. Attendees will learn how early experiences impact young brains and the importance of protective factors.

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Funding Opportunity: PEI Request for Applications

The Prevention and Early Intervention 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

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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

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Share Your Work!

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