PEI Grantee News Volume 8, Issue 1

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PEI Grantee News
A PEI Newsletter Volume 8, Issue 1

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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Where To Go If a Child Has COVID-19 Symptoms

With schools back open, more children are being exposed to the COVID-19 virus.

Cook Children's Center is offering downloadable and virtual handouts for parents to understand where to go if their child is having COVID symptoms, as well as information on local testing sites.


COVID-19: Know Where to Go


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Suicide Prevention Toolkit

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September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and National Suicide Prevention week is from September 5th to 11th.

While mental health and suicide awareness is important year-round, for the month of September, we encourage you to promote suicide prevention and education with your networks. With the help of Texas Health and Human Services, we've put together a toolkit with social media posts, resources, and graphics to help raise awareness about the importance of mental health and suicide prevention.

These messages and links can be used as is, or they can be customized in any way that works best for your community by directing to your prevention program’s information.


Explore the Suicide Prevention Toolkit


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Fatherhood Resource Toolkit

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Many fathers have complex needs that a single program cannot support. 

The Fatherhood Resource Hub has resources available to help organizations build community coalitions focused on working towards long-term, measurable goals to improve the community and creating systems-level change, with fatherhood in mind.

For any organization invested in the wellbeing of families, including organizations that provide services solely to fathers, parenting-focused organizations, and organizations that provide services to the whole family, the resources on this website will help support your efforts to serve fathers and support families.

Resources include

Email for more information.

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Texas Youth Helpline

Texas Youth Helpline

The Texas Youth Helpline (TYH) focuses on assisting youth 17 and under navigate through many issues that arise in a teens life.

Staff and volunteers are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year to listen, offer suggestions, help navigate through many common situations and provide local, state and national resources to assist youth.

TYH also helps parents and family members of youth. Many resources are available for parents as well.

Call, Text and Chat available: 1-800-989-6884 /



Download materials for the Texas Youth Helpline.

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Resources to Promote Protective Factors in Spanish-Speaking Families

Spanish Protective Factors

The Child Welfare Information Gateway is offering a new Spanish-language fact sheet for families, Factores de protección para una familia fuerte (Protective Factors for a Strong Family). The fact sheet explains what protective factors are and gives examples of what they can look like in real-life situations.

This and more Spanish-language resources are available online now. 

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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

The Impact of Trauma in Supervising Home Visitors (Self-Paced Course)

Home visitors frequently encounter the effects of trauma in their work with individuals in a family and in the communities in which they work. It’s the role of the home visiting supervisor to equip, support and partner with home visitors to address these issues within the bounds of their role in a home visiting program. This course will further your understanding of the impact of trauma on family and community systems as encountered by home visitors. It also provides strategies for you as a supervisor to support a home visitor in addressing trauma while promoting practices of reflection and self-care.

This Achieve OnDemand learning experience qualifies for .3 IACET Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

Stress Less - Well-Being for Work and Life

Take control of the work pressures you face, control negative thought patterns, make the most positive experiences

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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.

The Impact of Domestic Violence on Children

Date: September 9th
Time: 10:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M. CDT
Register by: September 8th at 10:00 A.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. Note: This webinar complements the Domestic Violence in Home Visiting self-paced course.

Matching Family Needs to Resources

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

As a home visitor, it can be challenging to align available resources to the needs of families. This webinar explores how to carry out your role in the infant mental health spectrum and feel confident in connecting families to community resources and supports when the need arises. Note: This webinar complements the Foundations of Infant Mental Health in Home Visiting self-paced course.

Trauma for Supervisors: Putting the Pieces Together

Date: September 20th
Time: 10:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M. CDT
Register by: September 19th at 10:00 A.M. CDT

As a supervisor, how can you support your staff and yourself in an intentional and trauma-informed manner? This webinar discusses the impact of trauma on multiple constituents – children, families, home visitors, supervisors and communities. We also identify common supervisory pitfalls as well as support strategies designed to improve the outcomes of each scenario. 

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Institute of the Advancement of Family Support Professionals

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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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Child Tax Credit Navigator Training

Child Tax Credit Navigator Training

The Administration for Children and Families and The Department of Health and Human Services are engaging with the Treasury Department and the White House to help enroll eligible families in the Child Tax Credit, with a particular focus on families that may not usually file taxes. To do that, we are offering the opportunity to participate in a 1 hour training to help you and your teams learn more about the Child Tax Credit and how you can help those in your community enroll.

The session will provide an overview of the Child Tax Credit and walk through the Non-Filer Portal to show everyone how they can help members of their community enroll in this historic Child Tax Credit.

Please select the date and time that you can join and register at one of the links below. You only need to attend one training session. Both sessions will be recorded and made available to all registrants.

Date: September 9th
Time: 3:30-4:30 P.M. CST

Date: September 10th
Time: 12:00-1:0 P.M. CST


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Become a Certified WhyTry Facilitator


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.

The WhyTry Level 1 training is designed to give the attendees a general overview of the WhyTry approach, curriculum and introduce skills that facilitators need to begin using the curriculum. This training also includes an implementation discussion for any setting including an overview of strategies to use for virtual learning. After the WhyTry Level 1, attendees will be able to begin using the program immediately as a toolkit for in person and virtual social and emotional learning. Registration is $599 per person.

Upcoming Trainings

WhyTry is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. 

Curriculum can be renewed for $99 annually per person

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Grant Opportunities

FY 2021 Continuum of Care Competition and Noncompetitive Award of Youth Homeless Demonstration Program Renewal and Replacement Grants

Due Date: Nov 16, 2021

About: The goal of the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) is to support the development and implementation of a coordinated community approach to preventing and ending youth homelessness and sharing that experience with and mobilizing communities around the country toward the same end. The population to be served by the demonstration program is youth experiencing homelessness, including unaccompanied and pregnant or parenting youth. 

Visit for more information.

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