PEI Provider News Volume 7, Issue 44

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Volume 7, Issue 44

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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Your Feedback: Incorporating Lived Experience

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PEI would like to extend our thanks to all who visited and participated in our “Incorporating Lived Experience in Practice” Virtual Idea Board." The below summarizes all the information and feedback you provided on meaningfully incorporating lived experience into prevention efforts.

Current community provider initiatives primarily focus on:

  • Including parents with lived experience in internal meetings and planning session.
  • Developing and implementing Parent Advisory and Family Leadership Councils.
  • Creating community driven evaluations wherein parents join an internal evaluation taskforce to appraise current parent engagement strategies.

Initiatives providers want PEI to focus on when incorporating lived experience:

  • Implementing more frequent Parent Café trainings and explicitly inviting individuals with lived experience.
  • Intentionally including individuals with lived experience within benchmarks.
  • Developing and implementing Parent Leadership and Advisory Councils.

Your input helps PEI understand the current landscape of utilizing lived experience in prevention programming across Texas and will assist us in designing our initiatives to meaningfully amplify voices of individuals with lived experience in PEI’s programming and practices.

View the board here.

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Register for the PEI Child Safety Summit

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Date: July 15th
Time: 10:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M. CST

Join DFPS Prevention and Early Intervention's Office of Child Safety to learn innovative strategies to prevent child fatalities.

During this webinar, you will hear from community partners that are doing great work to address water safety, safe sleep, and preventing abusive head trauma through support to parents from prenatal through infancy.

You'll learn engaging and effective ways to support child safety at home and in the community, with concrete examples and strategies to keep kids safe!

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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PEI Strategic Plan Forum - Sign up Today

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PEI is developing our Five-Year Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2022-2026. Join PEI leadership to discuss the objectives and strategies we’ve compiled to help guide prevention efforts in Texas over the next five years.

Strategic Plan Forum

Date: July 19th

Time: 12:00-1:00 P.M. CST

Grantee Registration

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Save the Date - Partners in Prevention 2021

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The 21st Annual Partners in Prevention Conference 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 the safety of all presenters and conference goers.

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.

Feel free to share this message with others. Start the conversation on your social media accounts! #pipcon2021

For questions, please 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.

Summertime Child Safety Tips

Date: July 13th
Time: 2:00 P.M. - 3:30 P.M. CST

It’s finally summer and for many this means children are home. Families are looking for ways to keep their young ones engaged and also spend quality time together. It is important to remember that there are possible dangers to children that are common in the summer months. This webinar will focus on summer child safety tips. Topics that will be covered during this webinar:

  • Water safety
  • The dangers of hot vehicles
  • Extreme outdoor heat conditions
  • Utilizing teens/pre-teens as caregivers
  • Safe sleep
  • Safety tips regarding social media use by the youth

Disability Resource Guide for Families in Texas

Date: July 27th
Time: 2:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M. CST

When a loved one receives a disability diagnosis, family usually feel overwhelmed by the news.  They go through a grieving process, so this is the time when professionals must be prepared to help and provide them with the right tools to overcome the situation and reach the best outcome for the whole family. Come and learn how to tailor a list of resources to help and guide families in Texas.

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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

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).

Managing Conflict with Skill and Confidence

When conflict is unavoidable, learning how to manage it is key. This course will help participants in understanding conflict and resolving disagreements with confidence at work and in life.

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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 Portal free of cost. Use this link to register.

Partnering for Change: Having the Conversation

Date: July 22nd
Time: 12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M. CDT
Register by: July 21st 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.

Trauma in Families and Communities

Date: July 28th
Time: 12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M. CDT
Register by: July 27th at 12:00 P.M. CDT

How can you support yourself and the families you work with in an intentional and trauma-informed manner? This webinar identifies common missteps in working with families impacted by trauma. We will examine different strategies you can employ to support your families who are experiencing trauma. Note: This webinar complements the Impact of Trauma in Home Visiting self-paced course.

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

The Essentials of Home Visiting self-paced online courses and live webinars for family professionals count towards training requirements to earn and renew a Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Endorsement® from the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health.  The Alliance, a national organization with partner offices in more than 30 states, supports and approves Start Early’s Essentials of Home Visiting accredited online courses to support home visiting in any model.

Upon completion of these learning experiences, 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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Families Thrive Training: Register Today

Registration Deadline is today. Learn more and register.

Families Thrive brings together the latest research on child development, brain biology, and the impact of trauma on development to help young people, parents, caregivers, and professionals understand and respond to youth and their caretakers in ways that increase engagement and the likelihood of healthy developmental outcomes.

This comprehensive program will give you the skills and tools you need to help increase engagement of young people in your services and increase the likelihood of healthy developmental outcomes. 


Offered virtually in one 1.5 hour session introducing the technology and six 7-hour sessions from 9 am to 5 pm, with a one-hour lunch break each day (see page 6 on the attachment) in August 2021.

  • Thursday, August 5 (1.5 hours – Intro to Technology)
  • Tuesday, August 10
  • Wednesday, August 11
  • Thursday, August 12
  • Tuesday, August 24
  • Wednesday, August 25
  • Thursday, August 26

FREE TRAIN THE TRAINERS (TOT) (Limited number of slots still available)

Attending the additional 14 hours of TOT-specific classes (two 3.5 hour sessions in August and one 8 hour class on September 1), will give you the skills and tools you need to train direct service staff and other practitioners, supervisors, program operators and managers. Bring and sustain these new skills and tools in your organization to have long-term impact on the children, youth, and families you serve.

  • *Wednesday, August 4 (3.5 hours- TOT specific)               
  • Thursday, August 5 (1.5 hours – Intro to Technology)
  • Tuesday, August 10
  • Wednesday, August 11
  • *Wednesday, August 18 (3.5 hours – TOT specific)
  • Thursday, August 12
  • Tuesday, August 24
  • Wednesday, August 25
  • Thursday, August 26
  • *Wednesday, September 1 (8 hours – TOT specific)

Register Now

If you have questions or would like additional information, please reach out to Leslie Sirrianni.

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PEI Grantee Information Hub is Live

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The PEI Grantee Information Hub is now online. This newly refreshed resource features easy to navigate buttons and a variety of updated resources that can help you better communicate with families, locate contractor resources, access training information, and review past Provider News emails all in one place.

Looking for social media support? Check out the Marketing and Social Media section and download images and messages you can share on your organization's social media. 

Information about the Partners in Prevention Conference will be updated here, and profiles of our past PIP Conference honorees are also featured.

Bookmark it today!

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New Resource: MyKidBlooms

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Seeking a healthcare support system to share with parents and families? My Kid Blooms improves the start of the healthcare journey for all families - especially those who need the most support. 

"One of our favorite features is that all of our profiles and content are translatable into 109 languages!" said Dr. Allison Hall, pediatric physical therapist and founder of MyKidBlooms. "This helps *all* parents efficiently find the resources and clinicians that are best suited for their families’ unique needs."

The site serves two purposes; to help families find healthcare resources in their area, and to help their community of partner organizations and clinicians promote their services and broaden their reach.

"This service helps families efficiently identify the trusted organizations, resources, and healthcare providers that they need by offering profiles with family-specific filters," Dr. Hall said. "Referral sources and families can easily click-to call, book and message members by their profiles."

If your organization is interested in creating a profile on the site, contact 

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