PEI Grantee News Volume 7, Issue 48

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PEI Grantee News
A PEI Newsletter Volume 7, Issue 48

Welcome to PEI Grantee 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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National Breastfeeding Month Toolkit

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August is National Breastfeeding Month and we've got a new social media toolkit to help you promote breastfeeding awareness:

Breastfeeding Toolkit

While breastfeeding awareness is important year-round, for the month of August, we encourage you to promote breastfeeding education with your networks. In collaboration with Texas Health and Human Services Commission and the Texas Department of State Health Services, we put together this toolkit with social media posts, resources, and graphics to help raise awareness about the importance and benefits of breast milk, while empowering and supporting all mothers in their breastfeeding.

Keep an eye on the Get Parenting Tips Facebook and Instagram feeds for more social media updates.

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Early Childhood System Performance Assessment Toolkit & Webinar

Created by the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) and updated in partnership with NICHQ and our Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems CoIIN, this set of tools measures various aspects of how well local early childhood systems are working to improve the reach of:

  • Child and Family Services
  • Commitment of the Community to Early Childhood Issues
  • Equity and Parent Leadership

Browse Toolkit

Webinar Recording

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Parent Café Enhanced Fidelity Webinar Training

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Date: August 12th
Time: 12:00 P.M. to 1:30 P.M. CST

Are you a trained and/or certified Parent Café host?

My Health My Resources (MHMR) of Tarrant County will be hosting Parent Café Enhanced Technical Assistance and skill building webinars for all providers who have participated in virtual Parent Café training. Register now.

Webinar #1 - Fidelity

This webinar will review the fidelity of a Parent Café, following the anatomy and breaking down each step as a review.

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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.

Farewell to FY 21: Preparing for the New Fiscal Year in PEIRS

Date: August 10th
Time: 2:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M. CST

Join PEI’s Research and Evaluation Team as we prepare PEI grantees for the upcoming fiscal new year in PEIRS. This training includes how to close out old contracts and ensure data entry and billing are up to date. Also, we will provide an overview of recent features to the PEIRS application and preview new changes for the fall.

Register Now


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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: 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).

Public Speaking & Communicating: Skip Theory, Master The Art

Learn game-changing public speaking, presentation, and communication skills for use anywhere you need to deliver a message.

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Essentials of Home Visiting Courses

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Grantees can now download a complete list of upcoming trainings on the PEI Learning Hub

Access the Essentials of Home Visiting Portal free of cost. Use this link to register.

English-Language Webinars

Observing the Parent-Child Relationship: What You See, Feel and Think

Date: August 24th
Time: 10:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M. CDT
Register by: August 23rd at 10:00 A.M. CDT

This webinar will describe a process for observing the interactions between the parent and the child that provides clues into the type and quality of dyadic relationship that exists. By using a process that allows for more awareness of perception, the home visitor can strategize how to best approach the work of enhancing and supporting the parent-child relationship and the quality of attachment which is vital for healthy child development.

Spanish-Language Webinars

Exploremos los valores y las creencias sobre la crianza de los Niños y las niñas (ciber seminario)

Date: August 10th
Time: 12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M. CDT
Register by: August 9th at 12:00 P.M. CDT

Todos participamos con nuestras propias creencias sobre la crianza de los hijos. Este ciber seminario, cubre la manera de reconocer y monitorear tales creencias, y aborda la forma en que nuestras creencias, influyen en el trabajo que hacemos con las familias.

Este ciber seminario, complementa el curso autodidacta: Fundamentos de la Práctica de la Salud Mental Infantil en la Visita a Hogares.

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

Are you interested in or currently pursuing an Infant Mental Health Endorsement? 

Endorsement is an internationally recognized credential that supports and recognizes the development and proficiency of professionals who work with or on behalf of infants, toddlers, and their families. 

Gaining Endorsement allows you to enhance your professional profile as a specialist in the infant and family field; distinguish yourself among your colleagues by meeting competency standards that reflect best practice and by earning the IMH-E® mark; affirm the specialized knowledge and skills you have acquired through formal education and work experiences; and to better support the infants, toddlers, families, students, agencies, and institutions that are served by the promotion of infant mental health.

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

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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Free Training Resources for Providers

Institute of the Advancement of Family Support Professionals

The Institute offers family support professionals everywhere the opportunity to learn new skills and grow their careers. Through engaging, online modules and a personalized learning map feature, professionals take charge of their growth and advancement.

All Institute modules and the career compass are based on the National Core Competency Framework. Supervisor modules are based on the National Supervisor Competency Framework .

Access the Institute of the Advancement of Family Support Professionals Home Visiting Modules through the Learning Institute Portal free of cost. 

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PEIRS Training Reminder

All users of the PEIRS application are required to complete an IT cybersecurity training on an annual basis.

To meet this requirement, PEI has created a GoToWebinar-base training approved by the Department of Information Resources. Visit the Cybersecurity Training Homepage for more information.

Annual Cybersecurity Training


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