PEI Grantee News Volume 8, Issue 5

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PEI Grantee News
A PEI Newsletter Volume 8, Issue 5

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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Grantee Feedback Survey

Tell Us How We're Doing!

As we begin Fiscal Year 2022, we remain dedicated to partnering and supporting you in the best way possible. To continue making improvements in our partnership we want to share our anonymous Grantee Survey with you.

Please take a few minutes to give us your honest feedback about how we’re doing.

Grantee Survey

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Partners in Prevention Conference Updates

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Our 2021 Conference is open for registration! 

Join us virtually at the largest annual gathering of prevention and early intervention professionals in Texas. The conference attracts parent educators, youth service providers, civic leaders, policy advocates, researchers, DFPS staff, Prevention and Early Intervention grantees, and others with a professional interest in child and family well-being, youth development and juvenile justice. Attendees benefit from a wide variety of presentations, including but not limited to lived experience from parents and youth, fatherhood engagement, ethics, diversity, equity and inclusion, program evaluation, home visiting, and positive youth development.

Click here to register for PIP.

For any questions about registration contact us at

Start the conversation on Facebook and Twitter using conference hashtag #pipcon2021

Grantee Registration Codes are Live

Your program point of contact has already received a registration link and discount codes. 

Each PEI Grantee has been granted two complimentary in-person registrations and two virtual registrations (per contract). 

If you would like to register additional virtual attendees the cost is $100.

For any questions about registration contact us at

Reserve Your Hotel Room Today!

Our hotel is the Renaissance Austin Hotel. Here's your reservation link:

Book Your Hotel Room

Important Hotel Dates

  • Start Date: Monday, November 1st, 2021
  • End Date: Monday, November 5th, 2021
  • Last Day to Book: Monday, October 15th, 2021

Our Commitment to Safety

The Prevention and Early Intervention Division wants every attendee to feel and be safe during PIP. We are following CDC and Texas Department of State Health Services guidelines before and during PIP.

What this means:

  • We strongly encourage mask wearing, hand washing, and social distancing throughout the conference.
  • Items for participants are packed separately and safely before they are given to attendees.
  • Masks and sanitizing hand gel will be included in your conference bag.
  • Wristbands to signify level of comfort with direct contact or proximity to other conference attendees will be offered to each attendee. 

For more information, please contact 

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Community Maltreatment Risk Map Trainings

Maltreatment Risk Maps

Introduction to the 2019 Maltreatment Risk Maps

Date: October 13th
Time: 12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M. CST

Participants will be guided through navigation and interpretation of the 2019 Texas Maltreatment Risk Maps including: 

  • What the risk scores mean for your community.
  • Understanding the metrics in the maps. 
  • How to use the risk scores in your planning.

Deep-Dive and Technical Assistance for the 2019 Maltreatment Risk Maps

Date: November 10th
Time: 11:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. CST

Join us for a deeper dive into the technical aspect of risk map data. We will also explain how to find the original data used in the maps so communities can track their own data over time.

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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

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).

Professional Excellence

Having a solid foundation is the key to success. Review and learn some basic business skills everyone should have in the workplace. 

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Parent Café Enhanced Technical Assistance Webinars

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.

Webinar Topic: Developing Café Themes

This webinar will consist of coaching participants on creating Parent Café Themes. Making sure your story, ties in all the protective factors and relates back to your theme.

Date: Thursday, Oct 28th
Time: 9:00- 10:30 A.M.

Register Now

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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

Did you know?

Essentials of Home Visiting Trainings:

  • are approved training opportunities for multiple credentials.
  • are IACET accredited (International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training) 
  • 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 the Essentials of Home Visiting 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.

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

Home Visiting Safety

Date: October 5th
Time: 10:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M. CDT
Register by: October 4th at 12:00 P.M. CDT

What measures should you take to ensure your personal safety in your work with families? This webinar explores the importance of home visitor safety, how to identify safety risk factors, and appropriate actions to take based on various risk factors. This webinar complements the Basics of Home Visiting self-paced course.

Trauma in Families and Communities

Date: October 13th
Time: 12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M. CDT
Register by: October 12th at 12:00 P.M. CDT

As a home visitor, 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. This webinar complements the Impact of Trauma in Home Visiting self-paced course.

The Impact of Domestic Violence on Children

Date: October 21st
Time: 12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M. CDT
Register by: October 20th at 12:00 P.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. This webinar complements the Domestic Violence in Home Visiting self-paced course.

Free Training Resources

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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National Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month recognizes the achievements and contributions of Hispanic American champions who have inspired others to achieve success. We encourage grantees to explore and share opportunities for learning, celebrations and events across Texas with their communities in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month 2021. Here are some upcoming events:

10/4/21 at 6pm: Wichita Falls. Midwestern State University - A Cocinar: Learn to cook a Hispanic dish with Alcance! Link:

10/5/21 at 2-3pm: Corpus Christi. In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, two poets near and dear to the heart of the Islander community – Dr. Javier Villarreal and Mr. Juan M. Perez – will give a poetry reading on Tuesday, Oct. 5, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Mary and Jeff Bell Library. The two poets will read in both English and Spanish from their latest works. For more information, contact Andrea Montalvo-Hamid at Link:

9/15/21 to 10/15/21: Online. Hispanic Heritage Foundation - National Anthem Project. The Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF), GRAMMY-and-Latin-GRAMMY-Nominated Band Locos por Juana, and Filmmaker Milcho have developed the campaign #WeDreamAmerica in tribute to the patriotism, appreciation and great promise immigrants have for the United States with a big part of that promise being the impact of the DREAMer community. Through the #WeDreamAmerica campaign, HHF and Locos por Juana urge Congress to pass a clean DREAM Act as well as call on Mayors to declare DREAMer Days through the end of the year.  As part of the effort, a video of Locos por Juana’s vibrant interpretation of the National Anthem (in English) is now available at Link:    

9/17/21 to 2/27/22: Austin. Mexic-Arte Museum. MX 21 – Resistance, Reaffirmation & Resilience. Throughout 2021, Mexico is observing and commemorating major events in history: the falling of the Aztec capital Tenochtitlán, the invasion by Spain, and the Independence of Mexico. Mexic-Arte Museum will present an exhibition and programs in conjunction with Mexico’s  2021 events, and reaffirm our common cultural history.

The exhibition MX 21-Resistance, Reaffirmation & Resilience is divided into three sections: 

  • Resistance refers to the Original Peoples resisting the Spanish invasion and occupation of Mexico, which was really not “conquered.” 
  • Reaffirmation speaks to affirming the unique history and cultural diversity of our shared heritage. 
  • Resilience represents the on-going evolution of Mexicans, Mexican Americans, and other Latinx peoples, despite and because of struggles to achieve liberty, social justice, and plurality.

Invited artists respond to these themes to help the public better understand and appreciate how Mexico’s history has impacted and inspired our shared U.S.- Mexico cultural history in the Americas, as Mexicans, Mexican Americans, and Latinx peoples. Link:

9/15/21 to 10/15/21: Online. The University of Texas at San Antonio - Urban Lore Podcast. The Urban Lore Podcast examines folktales and urban legends from all around the world. It’s not about believing or debunking. It’s about stories as a conduit for communication. Highlighted are several podcasts discussing the urban lore of Texas and Mexico. Link:

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External Webinars

Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome, an Often-Overlooked Condition in Children

Date: October 8th
Time: 10:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M. CDT

The Health and Human Services Commission’s Office of Disability Prevention for Children is hosting a webinar to discuss Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS), an often-overlooked condition in children that affects 11,000 children in Texas. Presenters will discuss the causes of PANS, as well as the importance of early identification and diagnosis of the syndrome.

This webinar is intended for parents, caregivers and people who work with families and children.

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Plan of Safe Care Tool

Plan of Safe Care is a new tool designed to support pregnant and postpartum women and families with high social risk for poor family outcomes, such as those with/at risk for substance use issues or child welfare involvement.

We welcome anyone working with pregnant/postpartum women and families interested in learning more about Plan of Safe Care to join us an introductory webinar.

These webinars will provide an overview of the Plan of Safe Care tool, including:

  • Key components
  • Available trainings
  • Implementation resources

Three training opportunities are available (you only need to attend one).

To learn more about the Plan of Safe Care, order brochures and portfolios, and complete trainings, please visit Texas Safe Babies.

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Research Corner

Research on Academic Outcomes for Youth in Foster Care

The following research summaries on foster care, support, and resiliency have been published recently:

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