PEI Provider News Volume 7, Issue 38

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Volume 7, Issue 38

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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Free Activity Books for Texans

Activity Book Pages

This free family resource features 25 pages of fun for every child. Download a copy here or order a box for the children in your community below.

Activity Books are shipped for free and available in quantities of 100/box. Questions? Contact us.

Order Activity Books


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Request for Information: Equity and Support

Advancing Equity and Support for Underserved Communities

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Executive Office of the President released a Request for Information (RFI) as part of its implementation of Executive Order #13985, Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government.

OMB seeks responses from stakeholders in the public, private, advocacy, not-for-profit, and philanthropic sectors related to developing equity impact assessments, addressing barriers and inequities in public services, engaging community stakeholders, and other aspects of implementing Executive Order #13985.

The deadline for responses is July 6.

Learn More


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Parent Café Training

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PEI is excited to announce FREE virtual Parent Café trainings, facilitated by My Health My Resources (MHMR) of Tarrant County.

Parent Cafés are physically and emotionally safe spaces where parents and caregivers can have authentic conversations about what matters most to them. Through individual deep self-reflection and peer-to-peer learning, participants explore their strengths, learn about the Protective Factors, and create strategies from their own wisdom and experiences to help strengthen their families.

This training will be conducted over three consecutive days from 9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. To obtain credit for this course, participants must complete the entire duration of each option (3 days training)

Please register for only one option below. Similar content will be covered both sessions:

Option 1:

Date: June 9-11
Time: 9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
(Registration deadline June 3rd),


Option 2:

Date: July 14-16
Time: 9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
(Registration deadline July 7th).

Register here


Space is limited to 30 participants per option, and a minimum of 2 participants per team is required. Contact Arrenia Thomas with registration questions.

Participants who have previously attended Parent Café Training do not have to re-register for this training.

For general questions about PEI Training contact 

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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.

The Richness of Black Fatherhood

Date: June 8th
2:00 P.M. - 3:30 P.M. CST
Registration Link

Join PEI’s Kevin Overton-Hadnot, director of Contract Management and Oversight; Mosley Hobson, Fatherhood and Military program specialist; and Kenneth Thompson, CPS Fatherhood program specialist, for a live conversation following a review of the recorded HHS Black History Month Father Engagement panel. The panel featured five speakers from organizations across Texas with a focus on father engagement and highlighted Black men and their role in the family. Bring your questions and engage with our speakers.

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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

Colin's Hope Water Safety Card

Water Safety through the Whole Hand Rules 

This course covers basic water safety tips from Colin's Hope and focuses on a specific water safety tool, called "The Whole Hand Rules," that adults and caregivers can use to engage young children in water safety topics and teach them basic water safety behaviors and skills. Participants will also learn about the Colin's Hope Water Safety Quiz and are able to order (up to 150) English and/or Spanish Water Safety parent/caregiver cards to distribute to families and clients.

Achieve OnDemand: Challenges in Home Visiting: Substance Abuse (Self-Paced Course)

Substance abuse and addiction are prevalent, often reoccurring issues in home visiting. Addiction can interrupt a parent's personal growth and interfere with their ability to fully engage with their child. This course will strengthen both new and experienced home visitors’ knowledge and ability to recognize signs of substance use and explore ways to address concerns with a parent in the context of their role as home visitor. Topics include the impact of substance use on family systems, parenting, child development, and safety issues encountered in home visiting. Note: This Achieve OnDemand learning experience qualifies for .3 IACET Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health® Approved Training Opportunity

Upon completion of this learning experience, participants earn in-service training credits from First3Years Texas. Review this crosswalk, which details The Essentials of Home Visiting trainings that support each Endorsement Knowledge & Skill Area, as well as credit hours a professional may earn upon completion.

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Essentials of Home Visiting Courses

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Essentials of Home Visiting Webinars - Now Free for Grantees

Access the Essentials of Home Visiting live webinars through the Essentials of Home Visiting Portal free of cost. 

Use this link to register for any webinars from Start EarlyTM, formerly The Ounce/Achieve OnDemand.

Maintaining Boundaries in Home Visiting for Supervisors 

Date: June 1st
Time: 2:30 P.M. - 3:30 P.M. CDT
Register by: May 30th at 2:30 P.M. CDT

As a supervisor, how can you help home visitors set and maintain boundaries with the families they serve? The discussion will cover self-awareness, challenges home visitors face, and how to support staff. Note: This webinar complements the Supervising Home Visitors self-paced course.

Partnering for Change: Having the Conversation 

Date: June 15th
Time: 12:00 P.M. - 1:30 P.M. CDT
Register by: June 14th at 12:00 P.M. CDT

As a home visitor, how do you engage with families around the topic of substance abuse? This webinar explores strength-based strategies and conversation starters you can incorporate in your work with parents to successfully engage families around the issues of substance abuse and support the growth and development of their children. Note: This webinar complements Challenges in Home Visiting: Substance Abuse 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

Understanding Suicide Risk Among Children and Pre-Teens: A Synthesis Workshop

Date: Tuesday, June 15, 2021
Time: 12:30 P.M. - 2:00 P.M. ET

On June 15, 2021, The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) will convene a synthesis workshop culminating the work of three research roundtables focused on understanding suicide risk and risk trajectories among children and pre-teens, including groups with recent increases in risk.

The synthesis workshop will summarize the state of the science and highlight research priorities related to this critical topic. The goal of the series is to ultimately inform identification of at-risk youth and timing and targets for intervening.

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IT Cybersecurity Training

All users of the PEIRS application are required to complete an IT cybersecurity training on an annual basis. To learn more about training requirements, visit the DFPS Cybersecurity page

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COVID-19 Vaccinations Are Now Easy to Schedule

Everyone age 16 and older is now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Texas. According to the CDC, fully vaccinated people may stop wearing masks or maintaining social distance in most indoor and outdoor settings.

Get your vaccine appointment through the Texas Public Health Vaccine Scheduler. People can also sign up by calling 833-832-7067. Operators are available to assist you from 7 am to 7 pm, 7 days a week. 

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

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