May 2020 Monthly Minutes
A Message from Child Care Aware of NH
Hello Providers,

Child Care Aware of NH powered by Southern New Hampshire Services would like thank to all of you for your services to NH children and families during this crisis. It is amazing to watch how the field has come together to support each other and the families we serve. We respect and applaud you!

We have been charged with collecting information on the pulse of early childhood and afterschool programs. We are looking for the status of Child Care Programs being opened, closed, reopening and the number of vacancies available. In light of this, we created two emergency child care lines for programs to call and keep us abreast of their status: (603) 578-1386, ext. 2528 and ext. 2533 or toll free (855)-393-1731, ext. 2528 and ext. 2533.

Due to social distancing, we reshaped how we are offering professional development. See below for more information on what online professional development opportunities we will be offering in May and June. We have also reorganized how we are offering our Collaboratives. For more information look below in our Collaborative section.

In order to help promote our services, we have created a few new documents. The Child Care Search Magnet is a feature that will help businesses support their employees through the use of CCAoNH services in finding child care. In addition, we have created a flyer to help market our Alternative Child Care Options: Child Care Match. This is a tool that allows individuals who want to work during COVID-19 to get their name on a list for families and programs that need staff. See below for more details about each of these.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for every thing you do for families and children. We hope that you enjoy this month's edition of Monthly Minutes. 
CCAoNH Updates
New Phone System: Phone Extension Changes
Child Care Aware of New Hampshire is having a new phone system installed in our Main Office. As a result, our extensions have been adjusted.

Phone Extensions for the Main Office:
  • Training and Technical Assistance Line:
  • (603) 587-1386, ext. 2532 or toll free (855)-393-1731, ext. 2532
  • Child Care Resource and Referral Line:
  • (603) 578-1386, ext. 2531 or toll free (855)-393-1731, ext. 2531
  • Emergency Child Care Lines:
  • (603) 578-1386, ext. 2528 or toll free (855)-393-1731, ext. 2528
  • (603) 578-1386, ext. 2533 or toll free (855)-393-1731, ext. 2533
  • Program Manager Line:
  • (603) 578-1386, ext. 2530 or toll free (855)-393-1731, ext. 2530

Feel free to also contact us via email:
Virtual Symposium Opportunity for CCAoNH
On Monday, May 4, 2020, CCAoNH staff has the opportunity to participate in Child Care Aware of America's Virtual Symposium. The staff will benefit from training sessions by top leaders and experts in the Early Childhood Education field. Each session has a tie into the Coronavirus pandemic and its' impact on the child care field. Leading Early Child Education experts will discuss what the future holds for Early Care and education post-COVID-19. We are looking forward to getting this information and sharing it all with you!

If you need to contact us on Monday, we will be checking emails periodically.
Use the emails below to reach out to us:
New Facebook Group Coming Soon!
We are excited to announce that next week,
CCAoNH is creating a NEW Facebook group!
Business Management Practices
for Center Directors and Administrators
To provide a forum for Center Directors and Administration, this group will be limited to those in these roles, as requested by members of the Early Childhood Field.
Be on the lookout next week for this new group.
And the Winners Are...
Please join us in congratulating the winners of the 2020 Annual Provider Update Raffles!
Customized Workshop
  • Judy Patriquin: Manchester Child Development Center, Manchester

$50 Gift Card
  • Lorraine Porter: Barnyard Buddies, Fremont
  • Vicki Welch: The Kids Place, Newport
  • Jennifer Perkins: Jen's Family Daycare, Fremont
  • Ardis Yahna: Children Unlimited, Inc., Conway

$25 Gift Card
  • Megan Pratt: Village Children's Center, Spofford
  • Melissa Graves: Melissa's Munchkin Land, Rochester
  • Melinda Fauteux: Gorham Community Learning Center, Gorham
  • Bagdat Caglar: SCS Jaffrey Head Start, Jaffrey

$10 Gift Card
  • Diane Dougherty: Sonshine Preschool and Day Care, Derry
  • Jessica King: Honey Tree Learning Center, Dover
  • Donna Johnson: Storybook Hollow Early Learning Program, Barrington
  • Donna Morrison: Bow Youth Center, Bow
  • Lorraine Miller: Chestnut Christian Preschool and Kindergarten, New Boston
What Is New on the Website
April Showers bring May flowers and a Live Chat feature to our website. If you visit our website between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm Monday through Friday, you will be able to chat with a CCAoNH staff member. We can help answer questions about our services or direct you to information and resources for the questions you may have. Make sure to check it out!
Our Covid-19 section of the website is ever evolving. We add new material to it almost daily. Please check out the daily updates page to see the newest editions to our website.
Information that is added to the daily updates is also added to the corresponding page that the new information/resource is about.

Check out the Daily Updates page:
Child Care Search Magnet
The Child Care Search Magnet is a resource that businesses and organizations can use to support their employees in finding child care. Including hospitals, grocery stores and other essential employers.

By adding the Child Care Search Magnet to a businesses human resource materials, they will be linking their employees to Child Care Aware of NH website. In response, Child Care Aware of NH will be able to provide their employees with FREE and confidential child care referrals that are tailored to fit a family’s individual needs. Additionally, we will provide families with consumer education to assist them in choosing a quality child care program.

Please check out our flyers below and distribute as appropriate.
Child Care Search Magnet Flyer During COVID-19
Child Care Search Magnet Flyer
Alternative Child Care Options: Child Care Match
Are you looking to work during COVID-19?
Get your name on our list of individuals offering to provide child care during COVID-19 emergency. Go to Individuals Offering to Provide Child Care During COVID-19 Emergency to get started.

Are you looking for staff?
Check out the  Individuals Available to Provide Child Care During COVID-19 Emergency  page on our website. This list consists of individuals who want to help during COVID-19, whether they work in the field or not.

Click here to visit our Alternative Child Care Options: Child Care Match page.
Training Opportunities and Upcoming Events
Online CCAoNH Collaboratives
Child Care Aware of NH powered by Southern New Hampshire Services is excited to be hosting online Collaboratives during May and June. Check out the schedule below.

Online Early Child Leadership Collaboratives Schedule for May and June:
  • 1st & 3rd Tuesday of Month from 6:30-8:00 pm
  • 1st & 3rd Wednesday of Month from 12:00-1:30 pm
  • 2nd & 4th Tuesday of Month from 9:30-11:00 am
North Country Online Early Child Leadership Collaborative Schedule for May and June:
  • 2nd & 4th Thursday of Month from 11:00 am-12:30 pm
Online Family Child Care Networking Collaborative Schedule for May and June:
  • 2nd & 4th Thursday of Month from 6:30-8:00 pm
We will be sending out a separate email with the next two week's Collaborative topics later today. Check it out!
CCAoNH Online Professional Development
in May and June
Due to COVID-19, CCAoNH has reshaped our professional development opportunities and revised our offering to be virtual.

Check out what CCAoNH is offering in May and June by clicking here or on the flyer.

You can register for any of the trainings in May or June now through the NH Professional Registry.
CCAoNH Online Registration Process
CCAoNH has enacted several measures to our online Zoom trainings to ensure that any potential hacking is minimized.

  1. You must register for Online Zoom calls through the NH Professional Registry.
  2. The day of the online Zoom training, you will receive an email with the Zoom URL and Meeting ID code at 10:00 am, 1 hour before the training and 15 minutes before the training.
  3. You will need to use the information sent to you to log into the Zoom call.
  4. In order to help keep these online Zoom training secure, please do not post the meeting URL on social media or forward the email to other providers. Everyone who is registered will receive an email and pre-registration is required.

Thank you for you assistance!
Correct Email Addresses
During social distancing where almost everything is being done remotely, it is imperative that you have an accurate email in your NH Professional Registry account. The email address that is in your account is what we will use to send you Zoom links to get into trainings, webinars and Collaboratives that CCAoNH is hosting. Please go into your NH Professional Registry account and double check that your contact information is accurate. Thank you!
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.
COVID-19 Updates
Monthly Health and Safety Topics
Emergency planning happens year round. The National Safety Council has a list of themes and events: .
May 2020 Has Many Monthly Observances! 
During May, participate in several different nutrition, health and safety awareness topics. Click on the links below to visit a variety of health and safety topics! #NationalSafetyCouncil 
  • Clean Air Month, American Lung Association:
  • Trauma Awareness Month, American Trauma Society:
  • National Water Safety Month, Association of Pool & Spa Professionals, National Recreation & Parks Association, American Red Cross and World Waterpark Association:
  • National Child Passenger Safety Technician Month, Safe Kids Worldwide:
  • Healthy Vision Month, National Eye Institute:
  • Mental Health Month, Mental Health America:
  • Better Hearing Month, American Academy of Audiology:
  • Building Safety Month, International Code Council:
  • Global Youth Traffic Safety Month, National Organizations for Youth Safety:

May has a few weekly observances too:

  • May 11-17 - National Police Week, National Peace Officers Memorial Service:
  • May 16-20 - National Safe Boating Week, National Safe Boating Council:
  • May 17-23 - EMS Week, National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians:
Resources to Share with Families
A Vroom Mother's Day Story!

Click  here or on the picture to view the video.
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).
Please see back next month for a CCLU message.
Territory List
Other Early Childhood News & Updates
Emergency Child Care Program Update
Click here or on the picture for a printable copy of the Emergency Child Care Program Update.
Infant/Toddler Webinar Series:
Children's Environmental Health
Tuesday, May 5, 2020
2–3 p.m. ET

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  before the 25th of each month with the subject line "Monthly Minutes". 

Thank you,
Child Care Aware of NH Team

Need Help? Support? Call our Training and TA Lines
Main Toll Free Line: 1-855-393-1731
Bilingual Support Line: 1-855-393-1731 x 2528
Child Care Aware of NH Outreach Offices:
Southern/Main Regional Office
Eastern Regional Office
Concord Regional Office
Western Regional Office
Northern Regional Office
Child Care Aware of NH Training & TA/Help Line:
(603) 578-1386, x 2532
(603) 578-1386, x 2532
(603) 227-6383
(603) 903-0830
(603) 752-1327 or (603) 323-7091
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