PEI Provider News Volume 7, Issue 19

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PEI Provider News
A PEI Newsletter Volume 7, Issue 19

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.

The Texas Tribune has published a resource guide where parents and students in Texas can locate help with mental health concerns, anxiety and thoughts of suicide. Texans can also visit for additional resources. 

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 emergency rooms, 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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Order your Prevention Calendars Today

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More than 200,000 Lone Star Parenting Calendars have been sent to organizations serving families across Texas; make sure you get your orders in before they are gone!

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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Help and Hope is now, and we're getting attention from media outlets across the state. 

The launch of DFPS’ new Prevention and Early Intervention website attracted coverage from KWTX-TV Waco, The El Paso Herald-Post and Houston-area paper The Katy News highlighting the new site.

Help Prevention and Early Intervention get the word out about GetParentingTips by posting links on your social media sites to support parents in your community. You can also like and follow GetParentingTips on Facebook and YouTube.

Check out these new articles from the site! 

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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.

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

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

Being Present with Families (Webinar)

Date: Thursday, January 21st
Time: 12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M. CST (register by Wednesday, January 20th at 12:00 P.M. 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 in the PEI Learning Hub.

Reflective Supervision (Webinar)

Date: Wednesday, January 27th
Time: 12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M. CST (register by Tuesday, January 26th at 12:00 P.M. CST)

The reflective supervision model offers supervisors and staff an opportunity to engage in a collaborative process that involves shared power, clear mutual expectations, and free-flowing communication. This webinar examines the reflective supervision model as a process between the supervisor and staff member that differs from administrative supervision. Administrative supervision is about “the work you do,” and reflective supervision is about “what the work is doing to you.” As a result of this webinar, you will more prepared and confident when participating in reflective supervision with your staff. This webinar complements the Supervising Home Visitors and Impact of Trauma in Supervising Home Visitors self-paced courses in the PEI Learning Hub.

Be Strong Families COVID-19 Daily Webinars (free)

Be Strong Families is hosting a series of webinars in English (12:00 P.M. CDT) and Spanish (1:30 P.M. CDT) 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. 

Connect with the PEI Learning Hub

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To take these courses: Type or paste the course names below 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

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. Note: This Achieve OnDemand learning experience qualifies for .3 IACET Continuing Education Units (CEUs). 

Understanding and Managing Mental Health in the Workplace

Learn how to support your own mental health and that of your staff.

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TCHMB Virtual Summit February 2021

TCHMB Summit Promotion

Registration for the Texas Collaborative for Healthy Mothers and Babies (TCHMB) annual Summit is now open.

This year, attendees can expect to learn practical and actionable strategies for addressing health disparities through quality improvement efforts.  

The Summit will take place virtually on February 11-12, 2021. Continuing education credit for multiple disciplines is available.

To view the full agenda and to register, visit the 2021 TCHMB Summit website. Registration closes on January 25, 2021 at 5:00 P.M. CST. 

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:

  • Healthy Outcomes through Prevention and Early Support programs in communities across Texas. The RFA can be found at the following link and closes January 29, 2021 at 10:30 A.M. CST.

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.

Funding Opportunity: Springboard Prize for Child Welfare

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The Springboard Prize is offering four awards of $200,000 each to launch new, or expand existing, early-stage innovative projects with the potential to improve the lives of children and families. Applications are encouraged from individuals, nonprofits, government agencies, and mission-driven for-profit entities (current Aviv Foundation grantees are ineligible to apply). 

Applications are due March 12th. Learn more by visiting the Springboard Prize for Child Welfare website and register for an informational webinar scheduled for Thursday, February 4th at 11 A.M. 

Updated MOU Resource for PEI Grantees

It’s come to our attention that the link in some PEI Request for Applications for developing a Memorandum of Understanding is no longer available.

If you need a resource please refer to this updated reference.

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