PEI Grantee News Volume 8, Issue 18

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PEI Grantee News
A PEI Newsletter Vol. 8, Issue 18

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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Free Get Parenting Tips Calendars and Activity Books

Parenting Tips Calendars

Order your 2022 Get Parenting Tips Calendars
and Activity books today. 

The Get Parenting Tips Calendar is filled with helpful tips for parents and caregivers of children of all ages. It’s available in English and Spanish, and endorsed by The Texas Pediatric Society. Calendars are shipped for free in quantities of 100 calendars per box. 

The Get Parenting Tips Activity Book features 28 pages of fun for every child. Download a copy here or order a box for the children in your community below. 

Order Today


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Register for the 2022 Pediatric Brain Health Summit (Virtual)

Date: March 7th and 8th

The 2022 Pediatric Brain Health Summit is focused on building stronger connections between pediatric providers and community-based organizations that offer support and services for families. This year's theme is “Working Together to Support Relational Health in Families," and this year’s featured speakers include:

• Christina Bethell, PhD, MPH, MBA
• David Willis, MD, FAAP
• Renee Boynton-Jarrett, MD, ScD

This event is virtual. There is no cost to attend and continuing education credit for multiple disciplines will be provided for this event.

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Partners in Prevention Webinar Series

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Partners in Prevention: Parent Engagement Panel webinar

Date: January 19th
Time: 10:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M. CST

Join PEI for a virtual panel discussion on how parent involvement has helped PEI and our partners better their services within their respective communities.

Our panelists from Presbyterian Children’s Homes & Services (PCHAS), United Way Metropolitan Dallas (UWMD), and Housing Authority City of Austin (HACA) will share their experiences on how they got to where they are, challenges they experienced, and talk about the importance of engaging fathers and their value to the work we are doing with parent engagement.

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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: Taking the Conversation Deeper

Date: January 21st
Time: 11:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. CST

This webinar will cover the roles of the room host or table host conversation and how to take the conversation to a deeper level.

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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

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

Spark Training: Cultural Responsiveness

This training, developed by the Adolescent Health Initiative at the University of Michigan and adapted by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, offers ways to ensure providers approach youth in a culturally-responsive and culturally-competent manner to best engage them in services.

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Essentials of Home Visiting Courses

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Did you know?

Grantees can now download a complete list of upcoming trainings on the PEI Learning Hub

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

Interested in pursuing an Infant Mental Health Endorsement?

Learn more here.

Trauma for Supervisors: Putting the Pieces Together

Date: January 31st
Time: 2:30 P.M. - 3:30 P.M. CST
Register by: January 30th at 2:30 P.M. CST

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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Human Trafficking Lunch and Learn Series


Every Friday in January, DFPS will host webinars with subject matter experts during the lunch hour (starting at Noon CST) to speak about various human trafficking intersections and topics. 

Date: January 21st
Topic: An Examination of Intersectionality and Resilience Factors for Trafficked Minority Youth
Presenter: Dr. Leilani Hinton

Date: January 28th
Topic: Compassionate Communication: Connecting with Trafficked Youth
Presenter: Sophia A. Strother

For more information please email:

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Register for Baby Day 2022


Date: February 6-12, 2022

Baby Day invites 0-3-year-olds and their caregivers to join us for a week of bonding and delight! The virtual celebration will include live-streamed and on-demand baby and toddler activities such as; music, art, yoga, reading, caregiver classes and resources, and more! This year, Baby Day has a specific focus on early childhood professionals with new offerings of free caregiver continuing education opportunities and programming geared toward professional development.

Registration is FREE, and the first 500 registrants will receive a complementary educational package with a free book!

Join PEI's Fatherhood Session at Baby Day 2022!

PEI Fatherhood Program Specialist Expert David Bryant joins a panel of fatherhood specialists and fathers during Baby Day 2022 entitled The Challenges of Being a Dad. Other presenters include:

  • Joshua Williams (Fatherhood Advocate) DePelchin Children’s Center Fatherhood Program
  • Donnie Lewis – father from the DePelchin Children’s Center Fatherhood Program
  • Marty Mengual (Fatherhood Advocate) MET Inc. Fatherhood Program
  • Jerry Rogers – A father from the MET Inc. Fatherhood Program
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Digital Dialogue on Trauma and Stress

Preventing and Healing from Secondary Traumatic Stress: Taking an Organizational Approach

Date: January 26th
Time: 1:00 P.M. - 1:45 P.M. CST

Maine Behavioral Healthcare is working with child and family-serving organizations across the state of Maine, implementing practices and protocols for workers experiencing secondary traumatic stress. By acknowledging, responding to, and helping workers process secondary traumatic stress, organizations can help their workforce stay strong for the children and families they serve.

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Children's Bureau Prevention Resource Guide

Prevention Resource Guide

The 2021/2022 Prevention Resource Guide is a wonderful tool to use one-on-one or in group settings—both in-person and virtually. Orders must be placed between January 3–31, 2022

Ways To Access the Prevention Resource Guide

  • Download a copy
  • Order 1–10 copies
  • For bulk orders, contact Child Welfare Information Gateway customer service at 1.800.394.3366 or
  • Please be reminded that bulk orders range from 50 guides (1 box) to the maximum number 250 (5 boxes).

Questions about ordering the 2021/2022 Prevention Resource Guide can be directed to Information Gateway's information support specialists at or 1.800.394.3366.

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Texas Home Visiting (THV) Request for Applications Released

Request for Applications: The Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) Division seeks Applications from qualified entities within the State of Texas to provide Texas Home Visiting (THV) Program services.

About THV

Texas Home Visiting (THV) is a community-based program providing home visiting services and community-level approaches to enhance maternal and child health, child development, children’s school readiness, and family well-being. The THV Program supports expecting parents and families with young children who live in communities that face greater barriers to positive outcomes and fewer resources to support child and family well-being. The THV Program includes evidence-based home visiting programs, parent education and support, and community-level approaches to enhance outcomes and well-being for young children and their families. This Request for Applications (RFA) will award grants to selected Applicants to implement the THV program, sustain existing THV programming and infrastructure, as well as to provide for limited expansion to additional eligible communities across the State.

How to Apply

The RFA can be found at and closes February 22, 2022 at 10:30 A.M. Central Time.


Pre-Submittal Webinar

Applicant Webinar: PEI encourages potential applicants to attend the optional pre-submittal applicant webinar January 18, 2022 at 10:00 A.M. Central Time.

Register Now


All requests, questions or other communication about this RFA must be made in writing addressed to the HHSC Sole Point of Contact listed below. All communications between Applicants and DFPS or HHSC staff members concerning the RFA are strictly prohibited, unless noted elsewhere in this RFA. Failure to comply with these requirements may result in disqualification of Applicant's Response. 

Amy Pearson, CTCD Grants Specialist

Address: HHSC Procurement and Contracting Services (PCS)
1100 West 49th Street; Mail Code 2020
Building S, Austin, TX 78756
Phone: 512-406-2638

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COVID-19 Information and Resources

It is easier than ever before to get a vaccine, booster, or test. COVID-19 vaccinations and tests are free and require neither identification nor insurance. Sites are busy due to the holidays so tests or vaccines may need to be scheduled ahead of time. 

Residents can locate providers in their area using or texting their zip code to 438829 (822862 in Spanish) to find a nearby clinic. Residents can also call 3-1-1 (512-974-2000) for more information regarding COVID-19 testing and vaccinations. 

Visit the Texas DSHS and HHSC websites for more updated statewide COVID-19 information and resources.

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