PEI Provider News Volume 7, Issue 33

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A PEI Newsletter Volume 7, Issue 33

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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Children's Mental Health Awareness Day


Call for Exhibitors for Children's Mental Health Day Closes TOday

The Texas System of Care, Texas Health and Human Services Commission, and community partners are working together to host the second digital Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day (CMHAD), launching May 3, 2021!

CMHAD is a nationally observed day to raise awareness for children and youth experiencing mental health challenges and their families. The goal of this event is to build awareness and a community of support that reduces the stigma surrounding these challenges, so children, youth, and families do not feel alone in facing them.

Exhibitors can provide information to be displayed on the event website the day of the launch to highlight their programs, services, and product(s) that support children’s mental health. Each exhibitor will be allotted a section on our Exhibitor page that will feature a description of their organization, any relevant resources to children’s mental health, and links to their respective organization’s websites, socials platforms, and more.

There is no fee to exhibit and applications are being accepted through April 26th. For questions regarding the Call for Exhibitors, contact Christine Vo at

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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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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.

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. CDT

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.

Selecting a Caregiver

Date: May 11th
Time: 2:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M. CDT

Every year, children die and/or are abused/neglected in the care of a child care provider. These situations include children in the care of illegal daycare operations that were unknown to DFPS. Also, several children were abused/neglected while in the care of a significant other, friends, and/or family members.

Topics that will be covered during this webinar:

  • Different types of child care settings
  • Using the DFPS website for finding child care and information about caregivers/centers and tips for a successful child care search
  • Illegal operations
  • How to maintain safety of children in child care
  • Seeking help with child care for friends, family members, and baby-sitters
  • Interview questions to ask a potential caregiver
  • Protective factors to consider for potential caregivers

FY22 Annual Refresh: Budget Planning and Program Alignment

Fiscal Year 22 is around the corner! Join PEI to hear about trends and specific details on PEI’s refresh process for FY22. This webinar will provide guidance, ideas and helpful tips to better prepare for the upcoming fiscal year. PEI will detail the entire process and provide expectations, associated deadlines and required forms needed.  In addition, examples will be provided on how to develop your Project Work Plan to ensure it aligns with your budget and supports contract performance.

Please attend the webinar specific to your grant.

Date: May 18th
Time: 9:00 A.M. -10:00 A.M. CDT
Register: Early Childhood Grantees ONLY

Date: May 18th
10:30 A.M. - 11:30 A.M. CDT
 FAYS Grantees ONLY

Date: May 18th
2:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M. CDT
Youth and Family Grantees ONLY - Excluding FAYS Program Grantees

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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: Domestic Violence in Home Visiting (Self-Paced Course)

Domestic violence is a prevalent and recurring issue in home visiting. In this course, you will build your confidence to address domestic violence while working with families as their home visitor. Topics include the impact of violence on family systems, parenting, and child development. Common scenarios and strategies are presented for talking with parents about keeping themselves and their children safe. This course supports you in developing a non-judgmental approach in working with families whose background and circumstances may or may not be differ from your own. Note: This Achieve OnDemand learning experience qualifies for .3 IACET Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

Essential Leadership Coaching Skills for the Workplace

A guide to using coaching as a leadership skills development tool.

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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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External Training Opportunities

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Centering Equity When Communicating about Home Visiting Research and Data

Date: April 23rd
Time: 12:00 P.M. CDT

Even the most carefully conducted research can be harmful if misinterpreted or poorly communicated. This webinar covers how home visiting professionals can center equity in their communication, particularly when describing research and data. After attending this webinar participants will be able to:

  • Describe dominant narratives about race and why understanding them is important
  • Discuss 3 key guidelines for equitably talking about home visiting
  • Give examples of how to critically consume and translate home visiting research
  • Identify resources for additional learning
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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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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.

The CDC is recommending that pregnant people take the coronavirus vaccine. CDC Director Rochelle Walensky cited new findings in a briefing from The New England Journal of Medicine, saying "Importantly, no safety concerns were observed for people vaccinated in the third trimester, or safety concerns for their babies. As such, CDC recommends that pregnant people receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

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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