August 2022
We hope you find the resources in this month's "E-News You Can Use" issue helpful to access the most important information from CCAoNH, the Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration, the NH Child Care Licensing Unit and other collaborative partners.
Quick Links to Important News
News from CCAoNH
Save the Date!
Get ready to mark your calendars! Child Care Aware of New Hampshire (CCAoNH), a program of Southern New Hampshire Services (SNHS), is excited to share a sneak peek of the 2022 upcoming Specials and Conferences!

New this year: CCAoNH is going quarterly! This first quarter will include professional development opportunities to be held in September, October, November, and December.

Be on the lookout in the coming weeks for more information about upcoming specials, conferences, trainings, and collaboratives for this first quarter. In the meantime, click the picture to the right so you can learn more about what's coming up, and don't forget to save the dates!
Looking for a printable version to share with your staff? No worries, click the button below!
Need Training for Granite Steps for Quality?
Date: Tuesday, August 16, 2022
Time: 6:15-8:15 PM

Date: Thursday, August 25, 2022
Time: 12:30-2:30 PM

Registration is through NHCIS.
There's still time to sign up for ERS trainings!

Child Care Aware of NH, a program of Southern NH Services, is offering additional trainings on the Environment Rating Scales this summer and there's still two (2) dates left!

Intro and Overview of the
Environment Rating Scales (ERS)
This training is an introduction and overview of the Environment Rating Scales. The training will provide basic
information on the Environment Rating Scales, how to use the tools and the benefits of using the tools in
your classrooms and program.
News From The Bureau of Child Development
and Head Start Collaboration
Early Childhood Credential Revision Announcement
On July 18th, 2022, the Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration put out an announcement pertaining to changes in the NH Early Childhood Professional Development System. To learn more, please click the button below to read the full announcement.
NH Child Care Series Update
A message from our partners at the Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration:

Due to ongoing challenges with guest speakers' availability, we have decided to cancel the State of New Hampshire webinar series until the fall of 2022. We appreciate your patience and will be sharing a written summary and recorded segments of our presentation in the near future.

The Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration
U.S. Department of Education: Upcoming PSLF Waiver Deadline
The Administration for Children and Families partnered with ED to host a Joint Webinar on Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) for the ECE Workforce to raise awareness about flexibilities offered through the limited PSLF waiver and about ways that the early care and education (ECE) workforce can take advantage of this time-limited opportunity for Federal student loan relief. Please share this PDF with your networks to ensure that early educators and caregivers are aware of this opportunity and can submit a PSLF form by October 31, 2022.
News That Keeps You Healthy and Safe
What Is a Family Resource Center?
Family Resource Centers help families and their members find solutions to unique challenges, strengthening connections to one another and the community, empowering each family to be successful and resilient. FRCs provide family supports, parenting programs and groups, home visiting, child development screening, and information and referral to community resources that help families thrive. Programs offered are strengths-based, embracing each individual’s and family’s existing strengths in search of practical solutions. Working with both children and caregivers in a two-generational approach gives the entire household the tools it needs to be the most effective and successful family it can be.

Are you working with a family that's facing unique challenges or could benefit from additional supports? Click here to access the Family Support NH (FSNH) brochure, or click here to find your local Family Resource Center.
Additional Resources and Opportunities from the Field
ACROSS NH's Annual Back to School Conference for Out of School Time
Please join ACROSS NH on Saturday, September 10, 2022 at NHTI, Sweeney Hall, Concord, NH for our annual “ACROSS NH Back to School Conference for Out of School Time. We are pleased to have Shamera Simpson present the Keynote, “Gizmo’s Pawesome Guide for Mental Health©.” Shamera, the NH Director for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, will share Gizmo's Pawesome Guide. This engaging book and program is an upstream approach to support the mental health and wellness of children and can be used virtually or in person. After the keynote address, participants will choose from 15 additional trainings from topics including SEL, Every Monday Matters©, building relationships with staff, children and families, inspiring leadership in children, math games, ACEs and trauma-informed care, unplugged coding, mindfulness curriculum, project based curriculum ideas, child care licensing guidance, and the “ACROSS NH Afterschool Orientation” training. All participants will receive a gift for their program and a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of three Curriculum Theme Baskets valued at $150. There is a $35 registration fee when you register on Eventbrite. We hope you can join us!

Questions? Email [email protected].
Child Care Aware of America: Recruiting and Hiring Staff for Your Child Care Business
Join Child Care Aware of America on Wednesday, August 31st at 1:00 pm for this FREE webinar, "Recruiting and Hiring Child Care Staff for Your Child Care Business". This webinar will present participants with important tips, considerations, and steps to take when recruiting and hiring qualified staff for a child care business. To register, click HERE, or the button below.
Can You Spare a Few Minutes?
Dear Early Childhood Professionals,

I am writing to see if you would be willing to take about 5 minutes to fill out a survey about your thoughts on Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (ECMHC). Through Dartmouth Health’s Project Launch Grant, there is an opportunity for centers to take part in ECMHC at no cost. We are hoping to use this survey to gather information about how much interest there is in participating, as well as some of the barriers that might be encountered by centers, so that we can reduce those challenges whenever possible. The link to the survey is below as well as a short paragraph that describes ECMHC for those who are new to the concept or would like a little more information.

Upon completion of the survey, please contact me with your email address if you would like to be entered into a drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card. Doing so enables us to keep the survey responses anonymous. Thank you in advance for taking the time to share your thoughts.


Melony Williams, LCMHC
Clinical Consultant
(603) 558-7465
Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (ECMHC) is an evidence-based intervention that enables a professional with knowledge of and experience in early childhood mental health to provide support to the adults in children’s lives. The consultant gives the caregivers consistent space and time to reflect on the relationships that they have with children and families with the goal of improving their connections and making their interactions even healthier. Staff who engage in consultation have reported less stress and increased feelings of sensitivity and closeness with the children in their care. The children at centers where consultation occurs have exhibited a decrease in aggression and defiance and an increase in self-regulation and adaptive skills.
Child Care Aware of NH is a statewide Child Care Resource and Referral Program of Southern New Hampshire Services. The preparation of this email was financed under a Contract with the State of New Hampshire, Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Economic and Housing Stability, Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration with funds provided in part by the State of New Hampshire and the US Department of Health and Human Services.