PEI Grantee News Volume 8, Issue 12

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PEI Grantee News
A PEI Newsletter Volume 8, Issue 12

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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A Note from Sasha and Sarah

As we approach Thanksgiving, we want to give thanks to you, our grantees. Whether you're a veteran or new to partnering with the Prevention and Early Intervention Division, we are grateful for your work and ongoing commitment to the children, youth, and families in Texas. It was so nice to see so many of you at the 2021 Partners in Prevention Conference, both in person and virtually. Sarah and I and truly enjoyed connecting with you and sharing smiles, laughter, and conversation. We are truly grateful for your ongoing partnership.

Thanks for all you do!


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Connect With the PEI Learning Hub

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To take a course: Use the Search Bar to find topics of interest 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

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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

Domestic Violence: Safety Planning

Date: November 30th
Time: 12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M. CDT
Register by: November 29th at 12:00 P.M. CDT

As a home visitor, how can you support families impacted by domestic violence to develop a safety plan? This webinar discusses developing a working knowledge of community resources and collaborating with formal and informal institutions to support families using a strength-based, family-centered approach. Note: this webinar complements the Domestic Violence in Home Visiting self-paced course.

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COVID Vaccines and Pregnancy Posters

Pregnancy Posters

The Texas Department of State Health Services' (DSHS) TexasAIM program recently developed a free poster in English and Spanish to encourage pregnant people, people who are breastfeeding and people trying to get pregnant now or in the future, to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Providers can now order the 17 X 24 posters from the Health and Human Services/DSHS Warehouse. These posters can be put in hospitals, clinics or other places where families visit.

You can also download and print the color and black and white 8.5 X 11 posters from the links below.

Social Media Content to Promote Awareness About COVID-19 Vaccines You can also use DSHS' social media content about pregnancy and COVID-19 vaccines through the DSHS Basecamp website. 

If you choose to use DSHS' social media content, please tag @TexasDSHS when sharing the graphics or videos on social media. 

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Plan of Safe Care Training

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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.

Anyone working with pregnant/postpartum women and families interested in learning more about Plan of Safe Care can take advantage of the introductory webinar opportunities listed below. These webinars will provide an overview of the Plan of Safe Care tool, including:

  • Key components
  • Available trainings
  • Implementation resources

Attend the Plan of Safe Care Tool Training

Date: Friday, December 10th
12:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M. CST

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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Funding Opportunity

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MaryLee Allen PSSF Funding Grant Opportunity  

The Texas Center for Child and Family Studies (Center) seeks applications to develop and establish or expand and operate coordinated programs focused on the following areas: 1) community-based family support services, 2) family preservation services, 3) family reunification services, and 4) adoption promotion and support services. 

The emergency supplemental funding aims to identify the unmet needs for services or support that families at risk or in crisis are experiencing during the pandemic to address the four key areas mentioned above.

Once selected, organizations will have until November 1st, 2022 to spend down project funding.  Applications are due December 3rd, 2021. 

View full details of the RFA and a link to the online application here.

If you have additional questions about the RFA, please email

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Share Your Work!

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