PEI Provider News Volume 7, Issue 26

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A PEI Newsletter Volume 7, Issue 26

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

Texas school and child care personnel are now eligible to receive the COVID vaccine. With the federal directive, the following education and child care personnel are now eligible to be vaccinated in Texas:

  • Those who work in pre-primary, primary, and secondary schools;
  • Head Start and Early Head Start programs (including teachers, staff, and bus drivers); and
  • Those who work as or for licensed child care providers, including center-based and family care providers.

Do not show up at a vaccine hub without first signing up or checking the provider’s instructions for scheduling. Visit the DSHS COVID Vaccination webpage for more information. 

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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DFPS Publishes Fiscal Year 2020 Child Fatality Annual Report

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DFPS has published the Child Maltreatment Fatalities and Near Fatalities Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2020. Download the report here (PDF).

General Findings

• In FY 2020, 251 children died due to abuse and neglect in Texas.
• The number of child fatalities investigated by DFPS increased from 772 in FY2019 to 826 in
FY2020, continuing the overall downward trend since an all-time high in FY2010. More >>


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Special Training Event

Funds Maximization: What Is It? How Do We Do It?

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

If you haven't registered, please attend the webinar specific to your grant. All attendees previously registered should have received an email from GoToWebinar with the updated date and times, and will not need to re-register.

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Training Tuesdays

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Making PEIRS Reports Work for You - Tracking Services in PEIRS

Date: March 23rd
Time: 2:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M. CST

Join PEI’s Research and Evaluation Team as we highlight reports in the PEI Reporting System that help you track the services you entered in PEIRS and the services you deliver by month.

The first half of the webinar will highlight tools for all PEI providers and the second half will highlight tools for those with the home visiting tab.

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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 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). More information is available when you register.

Creative Thinking Genius Vol. 1: Unleash Your Creativity

Learn how to spark your creative thinking and quickly generate creative ideas for writing, problem-solving and business creativity.

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Essentials of Home Visiting Courses

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Register for and attend webinars in the Essentials of Home Visiting portal at a cost of $25.00 per webinar session.

Understanding Substance Abuse through the Family Lens (Webinar)

Date: Wednesday, March 10th
Time: 10:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M. CST (Register by March 9th, 10:00 A.M. CST)

As a home visitor, how do you intentionally respond to situations where substance abuse is present in the families you support? This webinar discusses ways to recognize a family's values and strengths which can help guide you approach when working with a family impacted by substance abuse. We will also explore how substance abuse affects family dynamics. This webinar complements Challenges in Home Visiting: Substance Abuse self-paced course.

Matching Family Needs to Resources (Webinar)

Date: Tuesday, Mar 16th
Time: 2:30 P.M. - 3:30 P.M. CST (Register by March 15th, 2:30 P.M. CsT)

As a home visitor, it can be challenging to align available resources to the needs of families. This webinar explores how to carry out your role in the infant mental health spectrum and feel confident in connecting families to community resources and supports when the need arises. This webinar complements the Foundations of Infant Mental Health in Home Visiting self-paced course.

Free Be Strong Families COVID-19 Daily Webinars 

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

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Call for Presenters - 21st Annual Partners in Prevention Conference

Prevention and Early Intervention is now accepting applications for presenters for our 21st Annual Partners in Prevention (PIP) Conference. This year's conference will blend virtual and in-person opportunities for presentations, and will take place at the Renaissance Austin Hotel in Austin, Texas on November 2-4, 2021. Our hybrid conference is still evolving to align with social distancing and safety of all presenters and conference goers.

Conference sessions should be designed for participants to take away concrete skills and ideas to connect what they have learned with the families they partner with. We welcome and encourage the presentation of engaging, innovative concepts that show promise and motivate our attendees to expand or deepen their knowledge base. 

About the Conference

Partners in Prevention is the largest annual gathering of prevention and early intervention professionals in Texas. The conference attracts parent educators, youth service providers, civic leaders, policy advocates, researchers, DFPS staff, Prevention and Early Intervention grantees, and others with a professional interest in child and family well-being, youth development and juvenile justice. Attendees benefit from a wide variety of presentations, including but not limited to lived experience from parents and youth, fatherhood engagement, ethics, diversity, equity and inclusion, program evaluation, home visiting, and positive youth development.

Our 2021 theme is Forging Forward Together: Nurturing Communities and Families. We seek to recognize the challenges of the past year and the power of coming together, carving out paths towards a future that supports prevention and early intervention professionals and the communities they support and partner with.

Our application process has moved online. Application deadline is April 1, 2021.

Apply Now

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Survey Input Needed on Children and Domestic Violence

The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) Center for Violence Prevention and UT Austin’s Texas Institute on Child and Family Wellbeing has created a survey to understand more about the need, perceptions, and services available for children exposed to domestic violence in Texas.  

You must be 18 or older and staff member or service provider of any agency in the U.S. helping survivors of domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault, human trafficking, or any other type of violence or harm.

At the end of the survey, you will find a link to enter your contact information for a drawing for a gift card. The survey will be open for four weeks (or until target recruitment is reached). The gift card drawing will take place after the survey closes. If you have any questions, please contact Leila Wood

Take the Survey 

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Funding Opportunities

NCJA Library of Criminal Justice

Funding opportunities are available from the National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA) on a variety of topics: 

  • March 29: Improving Criminal Justice Responses to Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking Grant Program Solicitation
  • March 29: Training and Technical Assistance for Human Trafficking Service Providers
  • April 5: Rigorous Evaluation of Policies for their Impacts on the Primary Prevention of Multiple Forms of Violence
  • April 21: The CDC National Centers of Excellence in Youth Violence Prevention (YVPCs): Rigorous Evaluation of Prevention Strategies to Prevent and Reduce Community Rates of Youth Violence

Visit the NCJA website for more details (registration is required).

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