March 15, 2021
At-A-Glance
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“I’ve found that what most people call luck is often little more than raw talent combined with the ability to make the most of opportunities.”
- Timothy Zahn
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CCAoNH Updates
CCAoNH Employment Opportunities

Child Care Aware of NH has two open positions:
  • Training and Technical Assistance Specialist
  • Early Childhood Apprenticeship Program and T.E.A.C.H. NH Support Coordinator.
Masking in Child Care Guide and Video

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. 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.
CCAoNH Professional Development Opportunities
2020-2021
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 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
Business Management Practices
Send in an application if you are interested in learning more about our Business Management Practices Progressive. Through this progressive you will be introduced to and complete the Program Administration Scale (PAS) and the NH Business Management and Director Training Collection through Pro-Solutions.
NH Early Learning Standards
Are you interested in learning more about the Early Learning Standards (ELS) and how to use them in your program? Join our NH Early Learning Standards Progressive where you will learn how to incorporate the NH Early Learning Standards into the daily activities, planning and communication with families.
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.
Business Management Practices
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
Preschool Play Plans: Playdough

“Playdough is easy to mold and a snap to clean up. It’s made with ingredients found in most kitchens. When the children in your classroom help you make a new batch, it is a great way to introduce some math while measuring the ingredients and to practice fine motor skills while kneading the dough.”
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The Benefits of Family Yoga

“Yoga is beneficial for all ages, and finding one hour per week to take a class together as a family is not too challenging if you make an effort. Family yoga time at your local park or at home is also an option, if a formal class is too much of a commitment at first.”

Other Early Childhood News and Updates
Important Message from our collaborative partners, Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration and the Kalinowski Family

We are very happy to announce the winners of the Market Rate Survey that went out on January 18th. Please see below for the names.

Melissa Graves from Melissa’s Munchkin Land, Rochester
Patti Brown from Creative Kids Adventures, Grantham
Dawn Viens from Prime Time Daycare, Danville
Sharon Silvernail from Strong Beginning, New Boston
Mary O’Mara from Blueberry Mountain Childcare, Newport
Grand Prize Winner: Melissa Tardiff from Rise for Baby and Family, Keene
This message is being sent as a courtesy to our collaborative partner, Department of Health and Human Services, Bureau of Facility Licensing and Certification, Child Care Licensing Unit on behalf of the
DHHS Bureau of Infectious Disease Control

DHHS Bureau of Infectious Disease Control wishes to share this important information with the Child Care and Youth Camp community:

The DHHS Bureau of Infectious Disease Control is working closely with the Regional Public Health Networks (RPHNs) around the State to determine their capabilities and plans to hold vaccination clinics this month. As of right now, there is no need to reach out proactively to your RHPN at this timeThey are finalizing plans and more information will be available early this week. 

Rest assured, everyone in Phase 2A will have the opportunity to receive vaccination within the next month either through a RPHN organized regional site or at a State or hospital run vaccination site.

In the meantime, questions can please be directed to covidvaccine@dhhs.nh.gov.
NEW: CDC Guidance for Fully Vaccinated Persons and Phase 2 Vaccinations
New and important guidance for fully vaccinated individuals and phase 2 vaccinations. Please see link below or click on the picture to the left for the NH DHHS Health Alert. For questions about this notice, please contact NH DHHS, DPHS, Bureau of Infectious Disease Control at 603-271-4496 during business hours (M-F, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm) or NH Hospital switchboard after hours/weekends: 603-271-5300 and request the Public Health Professional on-call, as instructed in the notice.
Webinar: Best Practices for Keeping Child Care Settings Healthy and Safe Through Improving Ventilation During the Pandemic

March 18, 2021
1:00 to 2:00pm

Join the Children’s Environmental Health Network and the Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit to discuss how to safely improve ventilation in child care settings during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and beyond. Attendees will learn the latest science-based recommendations and strategies for keeping children and staff members safe.
Presenters:
  • Vickie Leonard, Ph.D., R.N., F.N.P., directs the Improving Environmental Health in Early Care and Education Project within the Western States Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).
  • Bobbie Rose, R.N., P.H.N., is the Program Director and a Child Care Health Consultant at the California Childcare Health Program within the School of Nursing, UCSF.
  • Marian L. Heyman, M.P.H., M.T. (ASCP), is the Coordinator of the Indoor Environmental Quality Unit and an Epidemiologist/Industrial Hygienist within the Environmental and Occupational Health Assessment Program, Connecticut Department of Public Health.
  • Kathy Attar is the Engagement Manager for Eco-Healthy Child Care®, Children’s Environmental Health Network.
Important Information from the Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration
Virtual Office Hours
The Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration has set up virtual office hours for a Q&A regarding your CCRSA application.
Mar 16, 2021 12:00PM
Mar 17, 2021 12:00PM
Mar 23, 2021 12:00PM
Mar 24, 2021 12:00PM
Mar 30, 2021 12:00PM
Mar 31, 2021 12:00PM
Apr 6, 2021 12:00PM
Apr 7, 2021 12:00PM
Apr 13, 2021 12:00PM
Apr 14, 2021 12:00PM
Apr 20, 2021 12:00PM
If you would like to join any of these session please use the Zoom link below. The same Zoom link is being used for each of the Q&A sessions. The passcode for the meetings is: 459644.
Feel Free to Bill:
DHHS BCDHSC “ABSENT DUE TO COVID”
How to Qualify and Invoice Webinar
The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) through its Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration (BCDHSC) invite you to join them for a short and comprehensive webinar to learn about the (January through April 2021) extension of the Absent Due to COVID payment program and how to qualify and invoice DHHS using the new invoice spreadsheet.
The webinar will be recorded and posted on nh-connections.org if you are unable to join.
When: Thursday, March 18, 2021
from 1:00 - 2:00 PM

Location: Online Zoom Meeting

Core Knowledge Area: Developing as a Professional

Trainer: Dianne Chase, Assistant Bureau Chief

1 Hour of professional development will be awarded

Registration is free and through Eventbrite

The webinar will be recorded and made available on the Child Care Aware of NH website at



  • Participants will receive the Zoom link to join on the morning of the session.

  • Participants are asked to sign on to the training before the advertised start time.

  • Participants may sign on to the event fifteen (15) minutes prior to beginning.

  • Credit for attending this training will be provided through the NH Professional Registry under Training Transcripts within one (1) to five (5) days.

  • If the participant does not have a record in the NH Professional Registry and requires proof of attendance, please email ccrrtraining@snhs.org or call 1-855-393-1731 Ext. 2532.

  • Following the information session, please take a moment to complete the EVALUATION and tell us about your experience!
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