March 2018 Monthly Minutes
A Message from Child Care Aware of NH
Hello Providers,

April is here, hopefully all we will see are April rain showers. Child Care Aware of NH has been hard at work helping children, families and providers across the state. This month several of our staff members will be heading down to Washington DC to participate in Child Care Aware of America's Symposium and Annual Meeting. The Symposium brings together child care experts, Child Care Resource and Referral leaders and staff, child care providers, researchers, policymakers, parents, students, and anyone interested from across the country to discuss the hottest topics of research, policy, and practices of interest to the early child care and education community.

Last month, the Child Care Resource and Referral Outreach Specialists sent out the the  2018 Annual Provider Update. If you have not already submitted a program update, there is still time. The Annual Provider Update helps Child Care Aware of NH have the most up to date and accurate information about your program so that we can refer families looking for child care to programs that best fit their individual needs. Look below for more details about this year's update. Thank you to all the programs that have already submitted theirs!

Our Training and TA Specialists are busy supporting providers through coaching, mentoring and training. Child Care Aware of NH hosted several events recently. On March 15th, CCAoNH held the  NH Early Childhood Leadership Summit Part II with Luis Hernandez and it was a huge success. The Caring for Our Children: Health, Safety, Nutrition and Wellness Conference was on March 24. This event sold out early and provided a great day of professional development to folks in the Portsmouth area.

On April 7, 2018, Child Care Aware of NH in collaboration with Across NH and the Office of Emergency Management in Nashua will host  Special Event Emergency Planning . This full day training event has already sold out. We hope that you enjoy this well planned day to learn how to plan for, respond to and recover from emergencies.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for everything you do for families and children. We hope that you enjoy this month's edition of Monthly Minutes. 
Our Latest News and Updates
NH Early Childhood Leadership Summit Part II
with Luis Hernandez
On March 15, 2018 Early Childhood Leaders across the state gathered together for the 4th Annual NH Early Childhood Leadership Summit Part II. The full day training with Luis Hernandez was motivational and inspiring. Luis spoke to establishing strong collaborations to broaden our efforts as a field and also sets the tone for continued success in meeting children’s needs. Thank you to everyone that participated in this event. It was a huge success!
Caring for Our Children: Health, Safety, Nutrition and Wellness Conference in Portsmouth
On March 24, 2018 CCAoNH hosted its final conference of the training season. The sold out conference offered 15 training sessions and a keynote address by Tessa McDonnell. Multiple sessions stood out to participants with overwhelmingly positive feedback. Thank you to the presenters, attendees and everyone who helped make the conference successful!
Learn More About CCAoNH Services
Many of you know about the services that we provide to early childhood programs across the State of NH. But, do you know about the services we provide to families? We have added two videos to the website on the Who We Are page. The videos speak about what a Child Care Resource and Referral Program is and how we can help families and programs. Check out the links below to view the videos and see what services CCAoNH provides for families of NH.
2018 Annual Program Update

Thank you to all the providers that have already sent in their copy of the 2018 Annual Provider Update. At this point, we have received almost 300 Annual Program Updates back. If you have yet to returns yours...don't forget that programs that that submit their Annual Provider Update by specified dates are eligible to be part of our raffles. We still have three more raffles. Don't miss your chance to win! Raffle winners will be announced after the completion of all the raffles in the May Monthly Minutes.
What's New on the Website!
This past month, multiple changes have been made to the website. Check it out!
  • We have added two videos to the website on the Who We Are page. The videos speak about what a Child Care Resource and Referral Program is and How we can help families and programs.
  • Check out our Staff and Bio page. We have updated our staff pictures and personal bio pictures. This is a great time to match a name to a face or read more about the CCAoNH staff member you just emailed or got off of the phone with.
  • The Quality Care Matter and Quality Matters pages have been updated.
  • The CPR and First Aid provider list has also been updated.
Training Opportunites and Upcoming Events
The 2017-2018 Annual Training Calendar
The Annual Training Calendar is a great tool to plan for professional development. It shows all of the trainings that CCAoNH will host from September 2017 - June 2018.
“Life is like a compass. When you set your goals correctly, it will take you to the RIGHT direction.” - Anonymous

Click here or on the cover to view the 2017-2018 Annual Training Calendar.
Training Updates


There have been a few changes in the Annual Training Calendar. Our e-newsletter will always have the most up to date changes for locations and times of trainings. Thank you for your understanding in recognizing that some changes will arise due to trainer and host site needs and availability. 

Trainings Changes:
  • CCB training, What Are You Trying to Say? Behavior is an Attempt to Communicate: Tuesday, May 1, 2018, 6:15-9:15 pm, Hampstead Academy, 320 East Road, Hampstead, 03841 (Originally Scheduled for Tuesday, February 13, 2018.) 
  • Greater Derry Leadership Collaborative - Child Care Licensing Unit Q&A Session: Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 9:30-11:30 am Marion Gerrish Community Center, 39 W Broadway, Derry, 03038 (Originally Scheduled for Wednesday, March 14, 2018.) 
Register for trainings with no cost on the NH Professional Registry by clicking on the "R" icon. 
Register for trainings with a cost through Eventbrite by clicking on the "E" icon.
Register for Live Webinars by
clicking on the "W" icon.
Training Registration Policies

Individuals attending trainings offered through Child Care Aware of New Hampshire are expected to adhere to our registration policies. When you register for a training, you agree to follow the policies and procedures listed below, including but not limited to:
  • Registrants are required to arrive prior to the advertised start time of the training.
  • Training registration fees are non-refundable.
  • Training registrations are non-transferable.
  • Pre-registration is required. Participants must be enrolled.
  • A minimum of 10 registrants are required to hold a training.
  • Training registration is the 1st of each month.  
  • Child Care Aware of NH will be adding trainings taken through Eventbrite into the NH Professional Registry

For a complete list of our training and registration policies, please see pages 2-5 in the 2017-2018 Annual Training Calendar. Click on the button below to access the Annual Training Calendar.
Leadership Collaboratives
Leadership Collaboratives

Child Care Aware of NH offers collaborative meetings for Directors, Administrators, and other Early Childhood Leaders from September to June each year. These meetings are designed by each group in the region to reflect area needs and interests and to provide program leaders with Child Care Aware of NH program updates, essential local and state information, along with professional development opportunities. Registration can be completed online through the NH Professional Registry. The registration window does not need to be open for registration to begin. Information on topics and trainings being covered varies based on group interests. Please see below for topics, dates, times and locations to find a meeting near you. 

1st Week of the Month

Greater Concord Collaborative
  • Wednesday, April 4th, 9:30-11:30 amGranite State College, 25 Hall Street, Concord, 03301, Topic: The Friends Program.

Eastern Monadnock Collaborative
  • Thursday, April 5th, 6:30-8:30 pm, Monadnock Community Hospital, Parmelee Building, Conference Room 3, 452 Old Street Road, Peterborough, 03458, Topic: Directors' Resource.

2nd Week of the Month

Greater Derry Collaborative
  • Wednesday, April 11th, 9:30-11:30 am, Marion Gerrish Community Center, 39 West Broadway, Derry, 03038, Topic: Child Care Licensing Unit Question and Answer Session.

Greater Manchester Collaborative
  • Wednesday, April 11th, 9:30-11:30 am, Early Head Start, Conference Room, 160 Silver Street, Manchester, 03103, Topic: Teambuiding.
Click here or on the NH Professional Registry icon to sign-up for a collaborative near you .

3rd Week of the Month 

Lakes Region Collaborative  
  • Tuesday, April 17th, 9:30-11:30 am, Lakes Region Community Services, 719 North Main Street, Laconia, 03246, Topic: Team Building: How do you stay motivated?.

Strafford Collaborative
  • *Wednesday, April 25th, 9:30-11:30 am, Granite State College, 35 Industrial Way, Rochester, 03867, Topic: Using Yoga to create Harmony in your Classroom. (*Please note week change for this month only!)

Greater Nashua Collaborative
  • Thursday, April 19th, 9:30-11:30 am, Nashua Child Learning Center,  5 St. Laurent Street, Nashua, 03064, Topic: TBD.

River Valley Collaborative
  • Thursday, April 19th, 6:30-8:30 pm, Moody Building, Second Floor Conference Room, 24 Opera House Square, Claremont, 03743, Topic: Directors' Resource.

4th Week of the Month

North Country Collaborative
  • Tuesday, April 24th, 1:30-3:30 pm, Passumpsic Bank, 117 Main StreetLancaster, 03584, Topic: Chapter 5 of the book "Team Teaching in Early Childhood" by Uniit Carruyo.

Western Monadnock Collaborative
  • Wednesday, April 25th, 9:30-11:30 am, Bentley Commons, 197 Water Street, Keene, 03431, Topic: Directors' Resource.

White Mountain Collaborative
  • Thursday, April 26th, 6:30-8:30 pm, Tri-Country CAP Building, 448 White Mountain Highway, Tamworth, 03886, Topic: Chapter 3 of the book "Team Teaching in Early Childhood" by Uniit Carruyo.
Resources to Share with Families
Try a Vroom Tip Card Activity
April Is...
April is the host to important national celebrations. Try celebrating these special events in your program or sharing them with families!
  • National Child Abuse Prevention Month
  • Promote awareness about the dangers of child abuse and steps that can be taken to prevent it in your community. Check out Prevent Child Abuse America and NH Children's Trust for resources to share with families on protecting children, focusing on positive parenting and keeping kids safe. 
  • April 6, 2018: Take a stand against child abuse by wearing the color blue. Click here for more information.
  • Month of the Military Child
  • April is designated as the Month of the Military Child; a time to honor the sacrifices made by military families worldwide, with an emphasis on the experience of the dependent children of military members serving at home and overseas. Read more here.
Share Survey with Families

Calling all NH families with young children! As part of an on-going needs assessment for the federally-funded New Hampshire Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program, the Community Health Institute wants to hear from parents and caregivers of children 8 years of age and younger. The survey is brief and people who submit a completed survey can enter a drawing for a $100 Walmart gift card. 
Click here to access the survey
A Message from the Child Care Licensing Unit
We are excited to collaborate with Child Care Aware® of NH to bring news from the Child Care Licensing Unit to the child care community on a regular basis through their e-newsletter, Monthly Minutes. Every month, we will strive to bring you information to increase your understanding of the NH Child Care Licensing rules, and to share other resources to assist you in your work with and on behalf of children and their families. We will also use this space to share any important announcements as they relate to Child Care Licensing Unit (CCLU).
Reporting Serious Injuries and Deaths to CCLU

Child Care Licensing rules now require the reporting of children's serious injuries to CCLU, in addition to a child's death. This is a federal requirement. The department will be reporting the numbers of injuries and deaths as a whole that occurred in NH programs to the federal Office of Child Care, Administration for Children and Families in the Department of Health and Human Services. The aggregate number of
deaths and serious injuries for each provider category (e.g. centers, family child care homes) and licensing status (i.e., licensed or license-exempt) will include:
  1. The total number of children in care by provider category/licensing status;
  2. The total number of deaths of children in care by provider category/licensing status; and
  3. The total number of serious injuries in care by provider category/licensing status.
Other Early Childhood News & Updates
Upcoming Opportunities
Click on a flyer for more details about that upcoming events.
The New Hampshire Early and Elementary Mathematics Collaborative (NHEEMC) is inviting Preschool through Grade 3 teachers in New Hampshire to become a part of its new online professional learning community at www.nheemc.org
The Minds in the Making workshop series consists of 8 sessions, each focusing on techniques to support one of the essential life skills in yourself and in your students.
To register, contact the Continuing Education Office at 603-358-2290 or email us at: continuing-ed@keene.edu
Child Engagement:
Promoting Success and Preventing Challenging Behaviors
Click here to register through the NH Professional Registry.
Teaching Pro-Social Skills: Averting Challenging Behaviors
Click here to register through the NH Professional Registry.
Skill Building for Trauma Informed Childcare Practices

For more information or to register for the event, please email Shannon.L.Boisvert@hitchcock.org Funding provided by NH Charitable Foundation
Open Lecture and Roundtable Discussion!
 
Understanding the Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences on Individual and Community Health
Thursday, April 12, 2018
9 am-12 pm
Memorial Union Building
UNH Durham Campus, Room 158

Registration is required: https://iod.unh.edu/event/aces-your-sleeve
 
Presented by: Rebecca Parton, MSW, LICSW  , the Dartmouth Trauma Interventions Research Center
Calling all Home Care Providers...Your Opinion Matters

As part of an on-going needs assessment for the federally-funded New Hampshire Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program, the Community Health Institute wants to hear from home visitors working with young families in NH. The survey is brief and people who submit a completed survey can enter a drawing for a $100 Walmart gift card.  To take the survey, click  here
It’s not too late to vaccinate!  

As of early March, influenza (flu) activity in New Hampshire and nationwide, while decreasing, continues to be “widespread”. This means there is influenza activity or influenza outbreaks in at least half of state regions and recent laboratory-confirmed influenza in the state. As you know, this flu season (2017-2018) has been a particularly serious one, with 128 influenza related pediatric deaths reported nationwide. 

Though not 100% effective, the best way to protect against the flu is by getting the flu vaccine. Doctors recommend that  everyone 6 months and older get the vaccine every year . And it is not too late!  
The flu vaccine: 
  • Protects you, your child or the child in your care from a potentially serious disease. 
  • Prevents you and your child from spreading flu to others, including babies too young to get the vaccine. 
  • Keeps your child and the children in your care from missing school/childcare (and keeps you from missing work and other activities). 
 
Visit your doctor or pharmacy – it’s not too late to vaccinate! 
 
For more information about influenza visit:

For more information about immunizations, contact the NH Immunization Program at 603-271-4482 or visit our website  https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/immunization/ .
Employment Opportunities
Child Care Aware of New Hampshire has open positions. 

A Bilingual Support Specialist:
  • Provides bilingual support services and consumer education for families in selecting child care.
  • Facilitates trainings and provides targeted technical assistance to early childhood professionals.
  • Assesses each regional area to meet cultural needs and to promote cultural competency.
  • Provides interpretation in second language as necessary. 
  • Position is in the Main Office in Nashua.

A Training and Technical Assistance Specialists:
  • Facilitates training opportunities.
  • Provides targeted technical assistance to early childhood professionals.
  • Provides support services and consumer education for families in selecting child care.
  • Statewide position.

For more information about each position or to apply, please go to   http://snhs.org/jobs  to fill out an online application.
Child Care Aware of New Hampshire 
Contact Information
We hope you've enjoyed this edition of "Monthly Minutes". Look for future editions at the beginning of each month! Items for submission for the "Monthly Minutes" must be sent to  outreach2ccrr@snhs.org  before the 25th of each month with the subject line "Monthly Minutes". 

Thank you,
Child Care Aware of NH Team


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