May 15, 2021
“Children learn as they play. More importantly, in play, children learn how to learn.”

– O. Fred Donaldson
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CCAoNH Updates
CCAoNH Employment Opportunities

Child Care Aware of NH has open positions:
  • CRRSA Grant Support Coordinator
  • Family Child Care Support Specialist
  • Infant and Toddler Specialist
  • Lead Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator
  • 2 Training and Technical Assistance Specialists
Calling all Manchester Programs!
Would You Like to Become an Environment
Rating Scales (ERS) Observation Site?
Southern New Hampshire Services, Child Care Aware of New Hampshire is currently looking for Child Care Programs in the greater Manchester area to help us become reliable with the three (3) different ERS tools:
  • Infant and Toddler Environment Rating Scales (ITERS)
  • Early Childhood Environment Rating Scales (ECERS)
  • Family Child Care Environment Rating Scales (FCCERS)
If you are interested in inviting us into your program, please reach out to us at (603) 578-1386, ext. 2532 or email us at
CCAoNH's Child Care Match
During the COVID-19 pandemic, CCAoNH is creating a child care match by collecting names of individuals who want to provide child care temporarily to assist families and programs during this crisis, whether in a child care or school-age program, in your home, in a family’s home or in a in 24-hour residential child care facility.

Do you have friends, family or neighbors who might be interested? Please have them fill out the form found here, and their information will be added to a list for programs and families in need of temporary child care staff during this pandemic.
CCAoNH Professional Development Opportunities
Virtual Annual Training Calendar
CCAoNH Professional Development Definition Sheet
You're Invited to the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® NH
Information Sessions on
CDA Scholarships!

Tuesday, May 25th 6:15-7:15 PM
Thursday, June 3rd 1:00-2:00 PM
Registration Information:  
  • Registration is free and online through the New Hampshire Professional Registry.
  • The morning of the information session, registered participants will be emailed a Zoom link to join the session as well as the online evaluation link.
  • Registration is online only and pre-registration is required.
 Training Information:
  • 1 hour of professional development awarded.
  • The Core Knowledge Area is Developing as a Professional.
Information on how to access ZOOM: 
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.

We have several Progressive Training and TA topics that programs can choose from this year. We have highlighted two of the programs below.

  • Business Management Practices
  • 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
NH Early Learning Standards
How do you use the NH Early Learning Standards in your everyday programming? This Progressive helps programs incorporate the NH Early Learning Standards into the daily activities, planning and communication with families.
Environment Rating Scales (ERS)
Have you heard about the Environment Rating Scales? This Progressive helps introduce programs to the different Environment Rating Scale (ERS) Tools, navigate the appropriate ERS tool, use the ERS to assess your program and use that assessment to enhance program quality.
Early Childhood Focused Collaboratives
Make sure you check out the Early Childhood Focused Collaborative e-mail that goes out on the 26th of each month. That e-mail offers dates, times and topics for each Collaborative.
Monthly Health and Safety Topic
Pyramid Model In NH
Resources to Share with Families
Emergency Broadband Benefit from Comcast
Your families may be eligible for up to $50/month towards their Internet service!

The Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) is a temporary subsidy program from the Federal Government designed to help low-income households connect to the Internet and stay connected during the COVID-19 crisis. Qualified households can receive a temporary monthly credit of up to $50/month (up to $75/month for customers in Tribal Lands) toward their Internet service and leased Internet equipment until the program's funding runs out.
Calling ALL dads!

Are you a dad, stepdad or grandfather raising children? Or, do you know a dad or grandfather who might appreciate support and information? Families First is excited to offer their first Parent Café for Dads... just in time for Father's Day!

This virtual café is an opportunity for dads to talk to other dads…about family, fatherhood, ways to strengthen their families and ideas for supporting kids of all ages.

All are welcome; the Zoom app is required. All participants will receive a "door prize!"
Other Early Childhood News and Updates
Important Information from the Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration
American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)

The American Rescue Plan Act Idea Input Survey has been delayed until later in the month of May. The BCDHSC has decided to wait until they receive the specific guidance and have assessed how this will impact any program planning, timelines and potential activities, etc.

When the Survey is available the link and the announcement will be posted on the NH Connections' website. Until then, thank you for your patience. Please know this funding has a lengthy timeline, so you will not miss an opportunity to weigh-in. In addition, the BCDHSC will host an informational webinar when more details become available.
Absent Due to COVID Billing has been extended from May 3, 2021 through August 29, 2021. 

As of Monday, May 3rd a new allotment of 10 Absent Due to COVID days is available for all eligible children. This does not combine with the previous 10 days, but instead gives them a new bank of 10 days to use before August 29th. Specific guidance along with new spreadsheets will be posted soon. Note that staff absences that result in reduced numbers of children or room/program closures due to vaccine side effects are now considered an acceptable billing criteria.
Please be aware that all December 28th through May 2nd billings must be submitted before any May billings will be accepted. No December through April billings will be accepted after June 1st and those invoices will be removed from the NH Connections website. If you have further questions, please reach out to the Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration at
Credentialing Applications Submitted Through NHCIS will be Processed on
July 1, 2021

Thank you for exploring The New Hampshire Connection Information System (NHCIS). The Bureau of Child Development and Head Start collaboration has started to receive both Early Childhood and After School Credential Applications via NHCIS. Beginning July 1, 2021 they will be strictly using NHCIS to accept all new and renewal credential applications. They will no longer be accepting applications completed on the NH Professional Registry or in paper form.

Please note, if you have already applied using NHCIS, they have received your application and will begin processing it on July 1, 2021. If you would prefer for your application to be processed sooner, please mail in your application to the address listed below, and they would be happy to assist you. 

DHHS/Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration
ATTN: Credentialing Specialist
129 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301

For additional questions, please reach out to the Credentialing Specialist at
603-271-4684 or
Early Childhood Tuition Assistance Grant
Are you looking to take an ECE course this summer term?

Applications for the Early Childhood Tuition Assistance Grant open on May 4, 2021. Applications will be reviewed as received. Applications fill fast so apply early. Money is awarded at 100% tuition for your first Early Childhood Education course (PSY 508 Child Development), EDU 602, EDU 544 or PSY 510 or 50% tuition for subsequent Early Childhood Education courses. For more information and to start the approval process fill out the inquiry form at
NH Department of Health and Human Services Survey
If you live in New Hampshire, are over the age of 18, and have ever been diagnosed with cancer, the NH Department of Health and Human Services needs your help! They are trying to better understand your experiences as a cancer patient, so that they can develop new programming or improve existing programming that will address unmet needs. They encourage you to take the survey or to share this survey link with those who you think fit this criteria. The survey will stay open until May 31, 2021. To take the survey, click the button below.
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 for Economic 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.