PEI Provider News Volume 7, Issue 22

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PEI Provider News
A PEI Newsletter Volume 7, Issue 22

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

COVID vaccine supply remains limited in Texas. Good news: supplies are going up each month. While the vaccine will help us to fight the spread of COVID, it's still vital to mask up and follow safety procedures. Visit the DSHS website for information about the vaccine that you can share with your community

Even after you get a dose of the vaccine, continue to wear face masks, practice social distancing and regular handwashing to slow the spread. 

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

Tell us how the coronavirus pandemic is impacting you.We want to hear your stories about how the ongoing pandemic is affecting you and your life.

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Special Grantee Training Event - Funds Maximization: What Is It? How Do We Do It?

Funds Maximization is vital and essential to serve Texas families well and for the success of our partnership. Join PEI’s Contracting and Program Teams to gain a better understanding of PEI’s overall Funds Maximization efforts. 

As a PEI grantee, managing your program’s budget is a priority in our ongoing efforts to maximize PEI dollars in each community.

This webinar will provide practical tips, tools, and ideas grantees can use when considering funds maximization work. Also, this webinar will help you understand the process PEI uses to review and evaluate budgeted line items and transfer requests. Together we can achieve more!

Special Instructions

PEI will host separate webinars to tailor content to specific programs.

Please attend the webinar specific to your grant:

February 23rd: 1:00 – 2:00 P.M. – Youth & Family Grantees (excluding FAYS program)

February 23rd: 2:30 – 3:30 P.M, – Early Childhood Grantees

February 25th: 1:00 – 2:00 P.M. – FAYS Grantees

Special Grantee Training Event - Making the PEI Reporting System Work for You

Join PEI contract, programs and data staff the week of February 8, 2021 as we provided helpful tips and refreshers on how to use PEIRS to enter data and communicate your great work to PEI. We will be specifically focusing on data entry options and guidance for documentation of COVID-related program responses like virtual services, basic needs and service coordination. We will also be reviewing ways to check your data with PEIRS reporting.

Because the details and strategies differ depending on each contract’s workflow and financing structure, we are offering 3 different webinars to better focus on specific program concerns and questions:

  • A session for PEI grantees who focus on providing an evidence based home visiting program and use the home visiting tab in PEIRS will be held on Tuesday, February 9th from 2-3pm .
  • A session for PEI FAYS grantees will be held on Thursday, February 11th from 9:30-10:30
  • A session for PEI grantees (non-FAYS) who provide other parent and youth programming and do not use the home visiting tab in PEIRS will be held on Friday, February 12th from 2-3pm.

You should have received an email from your program specialist indicating which session you should attend. If you cannot attend this webinar, please contact so that we can schedule you for a different webinar and provide you with any additional information that may be helpful for you.

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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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.

Exploring Values and Beliefs Around Parenting (Webinar)

Date: Wednesday, February 10th
Time: 12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M. CST
Register by Tuesday, February 9th, 12:00 P.M. CST

We all come to the table with our own beliefs about parenting. This webinar covers how to acknowledge and monitor those beliefs and address how they may impact the work we do with families. This webinar complements the Foundations of Infant Mental Health in Home Visiting self-paced course.

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

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.

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

Personal Communication: You Deliver a Great Elevator Pitch

If you had half a minute to tell people what you do and how they can help, would you be ready? Learn how communicate one good idea and give someone a reason to want to take a meeting with you in less than 30 seconds with this course.

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Additional Training Opportunities


If Racism Is a Public Health Crisis, What Does That Mean For My Work?

Date: Wednesday, February 10th
Time: 10:00 A.M. - 11:30 A.M. CST

In this discussion, sponsored by Abt’s employee networking group Black@Abt, Dr. Camara Jones, MD, MPH, PhD will explore why systemic racism is a crisis affecting people’s health and well-being. Dr. Jones will unpack why racism is a public health crisis and explore how greater attention to the social determinants of health and equity can advance equitable outcomes.

Exploring the Pandemic’s Impact on Children’s Well-Being

Date: Wednesday, February 10th
Time: 1:00 P.M. CST

As the pandemic and social isolation continue, parents and providers are increasingly concerned about their children’s mental health and well-being. This webinar will explore some of the possible responses to the pandemic that children may be showing. Participants will learn strategies providers can implement and share with families to support children’s healthy development.

Supporting Young Children and Families Using Telehealth During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Date: Wednesday, February 10th
Time: 1:00 P.M. - 2:15 P.M. CST

The COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging due to restrictions on in-person work. While clinicians and other providers have faced some barriers, they have also learned about unexpected advantages. This webinar will describe the approaches taken to deliver mental health services to young children and families and lessons learned by four different programs during the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic.

Texas as a Window into National Trends in Early Childhood Education

Date: Tuesday, February 16th
Time: 12:00 Noon - 1:00 P.M. CST

The webinar, featuring Dr. Robert Crosnoe, University of Texas at Austin Department of Sociology & Population Research Center, and the author of, "The Starting Line: Latina/o Children, Texas Schools, and National Debates in Early Education." Dr. Crosnow will discuss his research on nine schools in Texas that delves into the opportunities and challenges of providing quality early education to low-income communities in the state and speaks to broader discussions about the future of early childhood education during a time of great social and demographic change in the United States. Certificates will be provided through the Texas Early Childhood Professional Development System (TECPDS) for all attendees, delivered to your email address after the conclusion of the webinar. Learn more at:

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TNOYS Call for Presenters

TNOYS Conference Headers

TNOYS’ 38th Annual Conference on Service to Youth and Families is scheduled to take place virtually June 8-11 and is seeking presenters to lead engaging workshops for  attendees.

Led by this year's theme Rooted in Power, the conference invites young people and services providers to dig deep into the unique strengths that ground them, and develop new skills to grow and thrive. 

TNOYS will review presenter applications on a rolling basis until February 12th. Presenters will be entitled to conference registration discounts and registration will be free for all youth and young adult presenters. Visit the TNOYS website for more information

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PEI Provider Directory Now Online

The 2021 PEI Provider Directory is available online. This invaluable resource is a one-stop shop for information about programs and providers. We encourage you to check it out.

If you have any questions regarding the Directory, contact your program specialist. 

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