PEI Provider News Volume 7, Issue 32

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A PEI Newsletter Volume 7, Issue 32

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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Child Abuse Prevention Month


April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and we sent out a social media toolkit to help empower communities with resources to support Texas children, youth, and families where they live, work, and play!

We encourage you to promote child abuse prevention awareness this month with your networks to equip families with knowledge and resources to support child abuse prevention practices in Texas.

Governor Abbott's Child Abuse Prevention Month Proclamation includes a call for unity in keeping every child safe, and lifts up the many organizations across Texas whose tireless work is key to achieving this goal.

4 Ways To Support National Child Abuse Prevention Month:

Whether it’s a message in your email newsletter, a feature on your website, or a social media post, every action helps to make the well-being of children and families a priority. More info here.

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PEI Community Awards Nominations

Each year, the Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) Division recognizes people across Texas who go the extra mile to serve their communities. We're looking for those people and organizations that have created solutions to problems, made positive, lasting changes for the community they live in, and brought people together with their resilience, care, and kindness. 

Nominate your youth, parent, and professional champions!

For rules, categories, nomination form, and more info:

Award Nomination Form

Last day to nominate is Friday, May 14th.

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Parenting Tips Calendar Call for Artwork

Our Call for Artwork is underway, and we're already getting some amazing creations. We encourage all grantees to participate in submitting their child and youth art for the 2022 Parenting Tips Calendar by May 1st

FAMILY Example

We’d love to see what "strong Texas families" look like to the children you support in your community. Artwork should be at least 8.5x11 (the size of a standard sheet of paper) and should have a focus on highlighting the strength and diversity of Texas families.

For more information, questions, support brainstorming, or to express interest, contact Tom Stephan.

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Children's Mental Health Awareness Day


Save the date for Children's Mental Health Day happening virtually on May 3rd!

The Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day (CMHAD) is a statewide campaign developed by Texas System of Care to shed light on stigma, designed to help communities and organizations hold their own Awareness Day events during the month of May—Children’s Mental Health Awareness Month.

More info on how to sign up and participate coming soon. so stay tuned!

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Training Tuesdays

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

Prevention During a Pandemic: Pivots, Innovations, and Lessons Learned

Date: April 20th
Time: 3:00 P.M. - 4:30 P.M. CST

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to pose challenges, concerns, and stress to Texas families and the organizations that serve them. Join Prevention and Early Intervention Assistant Commissioner Sasha Rasco and panelists as they discuss on-going prevention strategies in the context of the pandemic, what we’ve learned from efforts in Texas over the past year of navigating the pandemic, and what they envision for the road ahead.

Making PEIRS Reports Work for You: Tracking Surveys and Other Tasks in PEIRS

Date: April 27th
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 surveys and data collection tasks in PEIRS. 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

Achieve OnDemand: Basics of Home Visiting (Self-Paced Course)

Home visitors are committed to the best possible life for babies and their parents. During this course, you will learn how your strengths and motivations will help you achieve this goal and connect with families of all kinds. This course serves as an introduction or valuable refresher on fundamentals such as how to plan for home visits; set goals with families; and handle the unexpected challenges your job presents. Note: This Achieve OnDemand learning experience qualifies for .3 IACET Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

Painless Performance Conversations

A Practical Approach to Critical Day-to-Day Workplace Discussions

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Essentials of Home Visiting Courses

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Essentials of Home Visiting - Now Free for Grantees

PEI Grantees now have access to the Essentials of Home Visiting live webinars free of cost. Visit the Essentials of Home Visiting Portal to view the schedule and register for upcoming webinars. Questions? Contact the Support Team by email or call (312) 481-8859.

Achieve OnDemand: Being Present with Families (Webinar)

Date: April 27th
Time: 12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M. CDT
Register by: April 26th at 12:00 P.M. CDT

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.

Achieve OnDemand: The Impact of Domestic Violence on Children (Webinar)

Date: May 6th
Time: 10:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M. CDT
Register by: May 5th at 10:00 P.M. CDT

As a home visitor, how can you help families understand child growth, child development, and how parenting techniques may impact their child's development? This webinar focuses on risk factors, family patterns, and cultural beliefs related to domestic violence. This webinar complements the Domestic Violence in Home Visiting self-paced course.

Free Be Strong Families COVID-19 Daily Webinars 

Be Strong Families hosts 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. 

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Funding Opportunities

Preventing Violence Affecting Young Lives (PREVAYL)

The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released CDC-RFA-CE21-2104: Preventing Violence Affecting Young Lives (PREVAYL). CDC intends to commit $10 million over 5 years and fund at least eight recipients to address multiple forms of violence impacting teens and young adults, ages 10-24. Applications are due May 1, 2021, with awards expected by August 2021. 

For more information email

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Research Corner

UNT Cook Childrens

Tarrant County Children's Health Focus Group Recruitment

A research team at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, in partnership with Cook Children’s, is looking for people who would like to participate in a virtual focus group about children’s health in Tarrant County. A focus group is like an interview but with a group of participants instead of just one-on-one. They take approximately 90 minutes and you will receive an electronic gift card for participating. If you are interested in participating, please contact Erika Thompson at 817-735-5162 or

New Policy Brief: Supporting Pregnant and Parenting Teens in Care with Home Visiting

Research shows that teen parents are less likely to graduate high school, earn their GED, or attend a two- or four-year university than other teens. Children of teen parents are also at a higher risk of having behavioral problems, chronic medical conditions, teen pregnancy, trauma of abuse and neglect, poor health and social outcomes, beginning school less prepared than their peers, and a limited support system to help them if they become parents.

CFRP's new brief Supporting Pregnant and Parenting Teens in Care with Home Visiting explores:

  • the unique needs that pregnant and parenting teens and teens in care face
  • an overview of home visiting models that are well-suited to serve this unique population
  • implementation considerations for selecting and administering home visiting to best serve pregnant and parenting youth in care.

Download the brief and please share with your colleagues who work with teens. 

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New FBI Fingerprinting Requirements

You may have received a notice regarding the new FBI fingerprint requirement starting in May for anyone who has direct access to Criminal History Record Information. PEI has confirmed that this policy will not impact our PEI grantees as you do not have access to IMPACT through our contracts. Should you have any additional questions please view the Background Checks FAQ page, contact the AskBC mailbox, or reach out to your contract manager.

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Information Security Requirements

The Information Security Requirements included in your Grant or Contractor Supplemental Terms and Conditions of your contract have been updated. The updated link can be found in the quick links box on the Doing Business with DFPS webpage. Please direct any questions to your contract manager.

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COVID and Texas

DSHS Texas Public Health Vaccine Scheduler. As Texas opens COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to everyone age 16 and older, the Texas Department of State Health Services offers the Texas Public Health Vaccine Scheduler. Read more on this this and all state health updates at DSHS News Releases.

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

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Share Your Work!

If you have any events or news that you would like to share in the next e-newsletter please email