PEI Grantee News Volume 8, Issue 13

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

PEI Grantee News
A PEI Newsletter Vol. 8, Issue 13

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:

Blue Divider

DFPS Publishes Two Reports

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) has published two Prevention and Early Intervention reports:

  • Texas Nurse-Family Partnership (TNFP) Report: TNFP exceeded PEI’s Fiscal Year 2021 goal for breastfeeding rates at six months after birth and nearly met the goal for full-term births. PEI will be engaging with TNFP on continuous quality improvement efforts throughout Fiscal Year 2022, and beyond, to ensure that the program continues to provide the highest quality services that improve outcomes for TNFP clients
  • Service Members, Veterans and Families Prevention (SMVF) Program Outcomes Report: During FY 2021, 936 families were served through direct services such as parent education, counseling, and service navigation. To date, more than 4,410 families have benefited from direct services and connections to other supports in the community. Providers have also engaged more than 60,000 individuals through community events, referral links, and trainings.

All reports can be found on the DFPS website.

Blue Divider

Spotlight on SMVF El Paso


Veteran's Day Resource Drive

Service Members, Veterans, and Families (SMVF) staff members with the Child Crisis Center of El Paso participated in a Veterans Resource Drive-Through Event at the Veterans One Stop Center. One Stop is supported by grants from the Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans’ Assistance and Health and Human Services . The “one stop” concept provides El Paso Veterans and their families with accelerated access to mental health and support services. It is here that Veterans and their families are provided with therapy, case management and telemedicine services. 

Image Spacer Line White BlankImage Spacer Line White BlankBlue Divider

Big Wins for Little Kids Interactive Web Event

Big Wins Banner

Date: December 7th
Time: 1:00 P.M. CST

As the Alliance for Early Success launches its annual 50-State Progress Report on Early Childhood Policy, join leaders from The Hunt Institute and Alliance for a special 2-hour interactive event spotlighting 2021's significant reforms in early childhood education, health, governance, equity and child care access/quality.

Blue Divider

Connect With the PEI Learning Hub

Learning Hub Lightbulb

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

Blue Divider

Essentials of Home Visiting Courses

Essentials of Home Visiting Banner

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

Implementing Tools to Enhance Home Visiting

Date: December 14th
Time: 12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M. CDT
Register by: December 13th at 12:00 P.M. CDT

As a supervisor, there are many tools that you can leverage to operate your home visiting programs, enhance the quality of services delivered to children and families, and improve outcomes for those served by your program. However, it can be difficult to identify and implement these tools while still
focusing on your day-to-day operational tasks. In this webinar we will explore how a supervisor can collect and use data to assess and improve the quality of their home visiting program build a mosaic of data in an assessment framework.
Note: This webinar complements the Supervising Home Visitors self-paced course.

Home Visiting Boundaries

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

As a home visitor, how does setting and maintaining boundaries with the families you support enhance your work with them? In this webinar we will discuss various situations that call for establishing boundaries, strategies for establishing supportive boundaries with families, and the role of reflective supervision in setting and maintaining boundaries. Note: This webinar complements the Basics of Home Visiting self-paced course.

Blue Divider

Central Texas African-American Family Support Conference


Date: February 3-5, 2022

The CTAASFS conference provides opportunities to learn more about mental health, intellectual and developmental disabilities, substance use disorder and physical health challenges and solutions affecting families in and surrounding Central Texas. The conference is open to professionals of all walks of life and members of the public with lived experience navigating health and social systems. CEUs are available.

Learn more and register online

Blue Divider

COVID-19 Information and Resources

Webinar: What Early Care and Education Staff Need To Know About COVID-19 Vaccines for Children Ages 5 to 11

Date: December 9th
12:00 P.M.-1:00 P.M. CDT

Join pediatric experts to learn more about COVID-19 vaccines for children ages 5-11. This webinar will provide information about this new way to protect children from serious illness due to COVID-19. Explore strategies to address parental concerns about vaccine safety and how programs can support families to make informed decisions about choosing to vaccinate their children.

Related Resources Explore related resources on the Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC) website to learn more.

Pregnancy Posters

COVID Vaccines and 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. 

Blue Divider

MIECHV Home Visiting Podcast


In this first episode of Home Visiting in Action, staff from the MIECHV Technical Assistance Resource Center (TARC) explore some of the ways MIECHV awardees and their local implementing agencies are applying lessons learned from past times of uncertainty to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Members of the Puerto Rico and Florida MIECHV teams—two areas that have experienced multiple crises in recent years—share how these past experiences prepared them to think quickly, shift approaches, and prioritize the needs of their staff and families.

Featured Speakers: Mariana Padilla, Program Coordinator, Puerto Rico MIECHV/Familias Saludables Puerto Rico | Paloma Torres Davila, Scientific Partner/TA Provider, Puerto Rico MIECHV/Familias Saludables Puerto Rico | Katie Hood, Assistant Program Director, Florida MIECHV To learn more about MIECHV:

Blue Divider

Scholarship Opportunity

The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health is offering two $5,000 scholarships in honor of Stephany June Bryan. Scholarships will be awarded based on the following criteria and preferences: 

  • Lived experience with a mental health challenge and/or caring for a person with a mental health challenge. 
  • Financial impact of living with a mental health challenge and/ or caring for a person with a mental health challenge and the need for financial support to advance education/training. 
  • Impact of living as a person of color. 
  • Preference for a person residing in central Texas. 
  • Verification of enrollment for education/training. 

Visit the Hogg Foundation website for more information and application instructions. 

Blue Divider

Job Opportunities

Office of Court Administration Liaisons

Early Intervention Court Liaisons will develop and nurture relationships withcommunity resources and services that provide support to families, to create and maintain a community system of care for young children and their families. These positions will support the local child protection court and help develop prevention service capacity in targeted communities through connection to local referral networks to better connect and inform families of services available. 

There are three Early Intervention Court Liaison positions available, one in each of the following counties: Bell, Galveston, and Lubbock.

Division Administrator for Research and Evaluation

The Prevention and Early Intervention Division is accepting applications for a PEI Division Administrator for Research and Evaluation.

This position helps oversee our data and IT system, evaluation projects, continuous quality improvement work, and deep dives into data to help tell the story of prevention in Texas. Position will supervise six staff and is housed in Austin. Learn more

Blue Divider

Share Your Work!

If you have any events or news that you would like to share in the next e-newsletter please email