PEI Grantee News Volume 7, Issue 50

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PEI Grantee News
A PEI Newsletter Volume 7, Issue 50

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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Emergency Rental Assistance Program


Due to the critical need to prevent evictions and potential homelessness for many Americans, the U.S. Department of Treasury has made billions of dollars available to state, local, and tribal government agencies to provide emergency rental assistance to qualifying households through the Emergency Rental Assistance Program. The Emergency Rental Assistance Program was created to help renters cover their housing-related costs and stay in stable housing during the pandemic. This aid is distributed through state and local governments. Programs that provide help with housing-related costs work in different ways, depending on how each state, local, or tribal government establishes its program. The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has a new website ( that allows renters and landlords to find information on rental assistance in their area. Additional information is included in the following fact sheets:

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Cook Children's COVID-19 Vaccine Videos


With the Delta variant on the rise and children headed back to school, there may be mounting questions about the COVID-19 vaccine. Cook Children's launched a vaccine information video series developed by The Center for Children’s Health at Cook Children’s, Early Learning Alliance, Tarrant County Public Health, and UNTHSC. This series offers 7 English-language videos and 1 comprehensive Spanish-language video at:

Watch Videos

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National Breastfeeding Month


National Breastfeeding Month Social Media Toolkit

While breastfeeding awareness is important year-round, for the month of August, we encourage you to continue promoting 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.

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Breastfeeding Support Resources for Fathers

There are a variety of resources for dads and father figures about breastfeeding support offered through TexasWIC:

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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.

Quality Incentive Project: Phase II

Date: September 21st
Time: 2:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M. CST

Join us to learn about the next phase for PEI’s Quality Incentive Project. This session is particularly relevant for Texas Home Visiting, HOPES, and FAYS programs.

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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

Foundations of Infant Mental Health Practice in Home Visiting (Self-Paced Course)

Caring about the parent-child relationship is a primary purpose of home visiting with families. By using the power of observation, listening, and inquiry with a family, you activate a parent's learning so they use the same strength-based skills with their child. This course covers critical issues in infant mental health, including brain development and attachment. It provides practical ways home visitors can use observation and listening to strengthen the parent-child relationship. It also incorporates strategies for incorporating reflection to extend the 'learning together. Note: This Achieve OnDemand learning experience qualifies for .3 IACET Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

Manage Workplace Stress & Strike a Balance

Our lives can be filled with daily stressors. Learn techniques to manage stress & strike a better balance in your life.

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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.

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.

Maintaining Boundaries in Home Visiting for Supervisors

Date: August 31st
Time: 10:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M. CDT
Register by: August 30th at 10:00 AM 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. This webinar complements the Supervising Home Visitors self-paced course.

Exploring Values and Beliefs Around Parenting 

Date: September 1st
Time: 12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M. CDT
Register by: August 31st at 12:00 P.M. CDT

We all come to the table with our own beliefs about parenting. This webinar covers how to acknowledge and monitor those beliefs and address how they may impact the work we do with families. Note: This webinar complements the Foundations of Infant Mental Health in Home Visiting self-paced course.

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WhyTry Training Open for FAYS Grantees

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There's still space available in the upcoming WhyTry Level 1 and Level 2 trainings this month. Please register using the links below and advise any staff registering to include ‘organization name - PEI’ in the registration for to assist PEI with tracking purposes.

The WhyTry Program is a social emotional curriculum that has proven effective at increasing student resilience, motivating unmotivated students, increasing GPA, reducing dropout rates, improving social emotional health and reducing bullying and violent behavior.

WhyTry Level 1

This two-day live training is designed for anyone new to the WhyTry curriculum and gives a general overview of the program and introduce skills that facilitators need to begin using the WhyTry Program.

Date: August 31st - September 1st
Time: 10:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M. CST (each day)
Click Here to Register

WhyTry Level 2

This one-day live training builds on the principles you’ve applied from WhyTry Level 1 and is geared towards anyone who has been implementing the WhyTry program. Trainers will help you strategize and troubleshoot any issues with your implementation.

Date: August 27th
Time: 9:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M. CST
Click here to Register

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External Webinars

Birth Parent National Network (BPNN) Webinar

Policy Discussions and Developments: Impacts on Parents, Children and Communities

Date: August 26th
Time: 12:00 P.M. - 1:30 P.M. CST

In this webinar you will learn from fellow BPNN members and staff from Casey Family Programs and the Children's Trust Fund Alliance about two important federal laws impacting parents, children and communities: the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act and the Family First Prevention Services Act. BPNN members will share examples of how they have provided education and expertise on these federal laws based on their lived experience. The webinar will provide an opportunity for all participants to discuss and share their perspectives and policy priorities.

Advancing Wellness and Resilience in Education: Schools CAN!

Date: Each Thursday in September
Time: 10:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M. CST

Join the Texas Education Agency and its planning partners for the Fifth Annual Advancing Behavioral Health Collaboration (ABC) Summit, Advancing Wellness and Resilience in Education: Schools CAN!, hosted virtually throughout the month of September. This summit will be an opportunity to bring together Education Service Centers, district and campus leaders, professional school counselors and educators, school mental health and health professionals, and community partners. The month will highlight information about student mental and behavioral health supports within the Safe and Supportive School Program, showcasing new tools and resources, highlighting best practices from Texas schools, and providing opportunities for design thinking and planning.


Early Efforts | Supporting Families: COVID and the Future of Home Visiting Programs

Date: September 7th
Time: 1:00 PM CST

COVID-19 has presented both challenges and new opportunities for evidence-based home visiting programs for young children and their families. Join a panel comprised by national home visiting leaders to discuss the impacts of the pandemic and how it may create new opportunities to strengthen service delivery.

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