February 15, 2021
“Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can't practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.”
-Maya Angelou
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CCAoNH Updates
CCAoNH Employment Opportunities

Child Care Aware of NH has two open positions: The Training and Marketing Coordinator and Early Childhood Apprenticeship Program and T.E.A.C.H. NH Support Coordinator.
Masking in Child Care Guide

This guide is full of helpful hints and great resources for you to use to support children, staff and families with masking in child care.
Masking in Child Care Video

We hope this video helps others who are masking up in early childhood programs. Thank you to all of the early childhood programs, staff, families and children that contributed to this video.
Southern New Hampshire Services
Will Be Closed

Child Care Aware of NH a program of Southern New Hampshire Services will be closed Monday, February 15th in celebration of President's Day. We will reopen for normal business hours on Tuesday, February 26th.
CCAoNH Professional Development Opportunities
Virtual Annual Training Calendar
CCAoNH Professional Development Definition Sheet
Progressive Training and TA Program
Apply to be a Progressive Training and TA Program when it works for your program! You will find the application on the Technical Assistance page under the Provider Tab off of the Professional Development section.

We have several Progressive Training and TA topics programs can choose from this year:
  • Business Practices (Coming Soon)
  • Environment Rating Scale
  • Infant & Toddler Team Initiative
  • NH Early Learning Standards
  • Program Emergency Preparedness and Response
  • Pyramid Model Intro and Overview
  • Strengthening Families, Strengthening Care
Pyramid Model Intro and Overview
Send in an application if you are interested in supporting and cultivating quality programming through meaningful and intentional use of the Pyramid Model framework. Learn how to integrate the Pyramid Model into your program and use the strategies to support children, staff and families. 
Infant & Toddler Team Initiative

Are you interested in building your Infant/Toddler team? If so, CCAoNH will assist Infant/Toddler educators in implementing the NH ELS to improve their competencies and their overall practices. Educators will work on getting their Infant/Toddler endorsement through the NH Professional Development System.
Early Childhood Focused Collaboratives
Make sure you check out the Early Child Focused Collaborative e-mail that goes out on the 26th of each month. That e-mail offers dates, times and topics for each collaborative.
Early Childhood Focused Collaboratives: CCAoNH News and Updates
Discussion on Special Screen Time Dilemmas in Early Childhood During the Pandemic
Wednesday, March 10, 2021
9:30-11:00 am
Registration is free through the New Hampshire Professional Registry
2021 Spring NH Early Childhood Leadership Summit
Graceful Leadership
Thursday, March 11, 2021
8:30 am-1:30 pm
Registration is $25.00 through Eventbrite
Communities of Practice
Training Collections
Registration Policies

Interested in viewing our registration policies?
Contact the Professional Development Support Coordinator for a copy.
Monthly Health and Safety Topics
Pyramid Model In NH
Resources to Share with Families
Simple Interactions

“Fred Rogers believed that human relationships are essential to children’s development at any age. Through television, Fred provided and modeled the kind of human relationships that fostered trust, provided support, and inspired respect. Fred’s message to parents and professionals alike is that they are already capable of building and sustaining a beautiful relationship with the children in their care.”

Help Your Preschooler Gain Self-Control

“When asked about school readiness skills, many teachers say children who succeed in kindergarten know when and how to control their impulses. They can follow through when a task is difficult and listen to directions for a few minutes. These skills are linked to self-control. Children can develop them at preschool and at home. Here are a few ways families can help children learn self-control.” 
Other Early Childhood News and Updates
Paycheck Protection Program Overview for NH Child Care Providers
Friday, February 26, 2021
12:30-1:30 pm

New Hampshire child care providers — including sole-proprietors—are eligible for the Small Business Administration's (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Better yet, the SBA will forgive these PPP loans if all employee retention criteria are met and the funds are used for eligible expenses. But the March 31st approval deadline is quickly approaching!
Please join NH Department of Health & Human Services for a free webinar on Friday, February 26, 2021 at 12:30 pm, where the SBA New Hampshire District Office will provide an overview of how the PPP program works, connect providers with resource partners for application assistance, and answer any questions about the program. Already receive a PPP loan? SBA will also outline Second Draw PPP loan eligibility.
Important News from Child Care Licensing
Dear Colleagues,
On December 17, NH Department of Safety (DOS), Criminal Records Unit, informed the Child Care Licensing Unit (CCLU) that the online portal they have been developing to improve the submission of requests for criminal history record checks will most likely be going live sometime in February once testing is complete. This new process requires payment when individuals submit their information to request a criminal record from the portal.
Each individual seeking to obtain a criminal record check for employment in a licensed child care program will be required to log into the portal, complete the record request and make a payment. That payment will be the responsibility of the individual or, if the child care provider is willing, the provider can pay the cost. 
Once the portal process is available, the total cost for the NH State and FBI records check will be $28.25.
What changes now: Nothing, please continue to complete the background check process as described on the CCLU website: https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/oos/cclu/fingerprinting.htm
How will I know when the changes above are in effect: CCLU will send out communication and update the website with the new process.
Please contact CCLU should you have any questions regarding this communication.
Melissa Clement
WIC Update
January 2021 the New Hampshire WIC Program launched a pre-application website/portal for interested NH families who want to start the WIC application process online and who are pregnant, breastfeeding or post-partum or have an infant or child(ren) up to 5 years old in their family.
Choose Safe Places Webinar
February 25th
1:30-2:30 pm
This webinar will discuss how to safely clean, sanitize and disinfect in child care settings during the COVID-19 pandemic. Attendees will learn the latest science-based recommendations and strategies for keeping children and staff safe. Our presenters will include:
  • Vickie Leonard RN, FNP, PhD directs the Improving Environmental Health in Early Care and Education Project at the Western States Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (WSPEHSU) at UCSF
  • Carol Westinghouse, President and Programs Manager at Informed Green Solutions
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