December 2019 Monthly Minutes
A Message from Child Care Aware of NH
Hello Providers,

December is here and soon the hustle and bustle of this month will be upon us. Child Care Aware of NH powered by Southern New Hampshire Services had a great November and we hope that everyone had a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

Child Care Resource and Referral Outreach Specialists are busy helping families find child care. In addition to giving families referrals, they visit District Offices, work with Workplace Success and do community outreach. The Child Care Resource and Referral Outreach Specialists did a lot of great work with Vroom this month to support Vroom Week. Vroom Week was November 18-22 this year. During that week, Outreach Specialists did a special activity with families while out in the community. The response was wonderful and we are thrilled to have brought brain building information to more NH families.

Child Care Resource and Referral Specialists have asked for providers help. We have many families searching for care in areas where there is little to no accessibility. If you have a vacancy, please feel free to call or email us. We thank you in advance for your help.

The Training and TA Specialists are getting ready for our two Special Events in December. This Saturday, December 7, 2019 will be the A.C.T. Training Series: A Lunch and Learn with Active Shooter Training (CRASE). Then the following Saturday, December 14, 2019 we will be hosting the Infant and Toddler Institute-Responsive Caregiving: The Essence of High-Quality Care for Infants and Toddlers . Please look below for more details about these events.

In addition to the Special Events, Training and TA Specialists are working with the newest round of Progressive Training and TA Programs. These programs will be working on their chosen State initiative for the next several months. CCAoNH is also currently hosting an Emergency Operation Planning in Child Care Cohort. Both of these options provide programs with targeted technical assistance and are a great way to improve program quality. Please see below for a list of Progressive Programs and Cohort members.

Today is the first day of this year's Credential Challenge. Child Care Aware of NH and the Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration have joined forces, once again, to bring you this year's Challenge. Individuals or Programs can sign up to be a part of the Challenge and have your Credential paid for by Child Care Aware of NH. See below for more details.

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. 
Our Latest News and Updates
2019-2020 Progressive Training and TA Programs
Please join us in congratulating the following programs. They are participating in 2019-2020 round of the Progressive Training and TA Program.
  • Bearcamp Valley School & Children's Center
  • Cornerstone Christian Academy Early Learning Center
  • Country Kids Learning Center
  • Heavenly Sonshine
  • Jack and Jill School
  • Keene Day Care Center
  • Kid's Creative Cove
  • Little Learners Family Center
  • Little Sprouts
  • Monadnock Community Early Learning Center
  • North Woods Learning Center
  • Open Door Preschool & Child Care LLC
  • Ossipee Concerned Citizens Childcare Center
  • Plaistow Community YMCA
  • Rise for Baby and Family
  • Stepping Stones
  • The Ark Christian Nursery & Learning Center
  • The Kids Spot
  • The Learning Center @ Concord Hospital
  • The Winchester Learning Center
2019-2020 Early Childhood Cohort Programs
Please join us in congratulating the following programs. They are participating in 2019-2020 Emergency Operations Planning in a Child Care Cohort.

  • ABC's Child Care Center
  • Green Mountain Children's Center
  • Little Blessings Preschool in St Joseph's Church
  • One-4-All Child Care Center
  • Pearl's Little Angels
  • Strafford Kinder Campus @ Strafford School
Early Childhood Credential Challenge
Child Care Aware of New Hampshire (CCAoNH) and the Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration (BCDHSC) announce this year’s Early Childhood Credential Challenge.

The Challenge begins December 1, 2019 and ends March 1, 2020.
Click on the flyers and buttons below for more information.
Website Redesign!
CCAoNH is redesigning the website. This site is the  Consumer Education Website for the Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration. With that in mind, the redesign for the new site will make it 508 compliant, which means it will be more accessible to people with disabilities.

Here is what's new on our current site.
Training Opportunites and Upcoming Events
2019-2020 Annual Training Calendar
The Annual Training Calendar is a tool to intentionally plan for professional development. It shows all of the trainings that CCAoNH will host from
September 2019 - June 2020.

“Be Brave, Dare Greatly, Rise Strong!”
-Brene Brown

Click  here or on the cover to view the 2019-2020 Annual Training Calendar.
Active Collaborative Training (A.C.T.) Series
A Lunch and Learn with Active Shooter Training (CRASE)

Saturday, December 7, 2019

$20 - Registration Fee
Please feel free to bring your lunch and join us for this important day of training.

Registration closes Wednesday, December 4, 2019.

Click  here   or on the flyer for more details
Infant & Toddler Institute
Responsive Caregiving: The Essence of High-Quality Care for Infants and Toddlers

Saturday, December 14, 2019

$50.00 - Registration Fee
Fee includes training and a buffet lunch .

Click  here  or on the flyer for more details
Caring for Our Children Conference in Keene
Keynote Address
No Small Matter: Film Screening and Discussion

Saturday, January 25, 2020

$45 - Registration Fee
$5 for a bagged lunch(Must order boxed lunch at time of registration.)

Click  here   or on the brochure for more details
Early Childhood Leadership Collaboratives
Child Care Aware of NH offers Early Childhood Leadership Collaborative meetings for Directors, Administrators, and other Early Childhood Leaders from September to June each year.

These meetings are designed by each group in the region to reflect area needs and interests. 

Register for a Early Childhood Leadership Collaborative through the NH Professional Registry .

New this year, there will be a half hour of optional networking time for every Early Childhood Leadership Collaborative.   This networking time does not offer professional development hours but is being provided for Directors, Administrators, and other Early Childhood Leaders to have an opportunity to talk "shop" after the meeting.
Click   here   to print our Early Childhood Leadership Collaborative Information Sheet to help you remember when and where our Collaboratives are held!
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.
Training Registration Policies

Individuals attending trainings offered through Child Care Aware of New Hampshire are expected to adhere to our registration policies. When you register for a training, you agree to follow the policies and procedures listed below, including but not limited to:
  • Registrants are required to arrive prior to the advertised start time of the training.
  • Training registration fees are non-refundable.
  • Pre-registration is required. Participants must be enrolled.
  • A minimum of 10 registrants are required to hold a training.
  • Training registration is the 1st of each month.  
  • Child Care Aware of NH will be adding trainings taken through Eventbrite into the NH Professional Registry
  • PAID” training registrations are NOW transferable for events with a fee. A minimum of five (5) business days notice is required.
For a complete list of our training and registration policies, please see pages 5-8 in the 2019-2020 Annual Training Calendar. Click here or on the cover to access the Annual Training Calendar.
Monthly Health and Safety Topics
Emergency planning happens year round. NEW this calendar year, we will highlight safety themes each month including resources. The National Safety Council has a list of themes and events: .
December 2019 is Holiday Safety Month! 

D uring December, participate in Safe Toys and Gifts Month. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 251,700 toy-related injuries were treated by hospital emergency rooms around the U.S. in 2010. Below are helpful tips and resources.

Helpful tips when considering toy purchases:
  • Make sure the age and skill level marked on the toy matches the age and skill level of the child you’re buying for.
  • Look for toys with a label from the American Society for Testing and Materials.

Resources for important safety information:
Resources to Share with Families

Federally funded weatherization programs are designed to address health and safety issues and to apply energy conservation measures in order to increase the energy efficiency of the home and reduce household energy costs.  Eligibility is determined by income with priority given to the elderly, the disabled, and families with children under six years of age.   These programs work in conjunction with various other conservation programs funded by Liberty Utilities, Eversource, Unitil, and NH Electric Co-Op.

For more information about weatherization click  here  . If you live in Rockingham or Hillsborough county, our Community Action Program, Southern New Hampshire Services, does the Weatherization Program for this part of the State. Click  here   for more details.
Zero to Three Sleep Resources

"Understand the role parents and caregivers play in building healthy sleep habits for children.
Sleep is the one topic most parents agree on—they want more of it! Sleep challenges are very common for babies and toddlers. While there are no easy answers, there is a lot you can do to help your young child begin building healthy sleep habits." Zero to Three
Go to for several articles on common sleep concerns for parents.
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).
DHHS is requesting an extension from the federal Office of Child Care to allow for more time to complete the rulemaking process to include the out of state criminal background checks and the requirement that staff not work until the background checks are completed. We want to assure that the rules are clear, and to allow additional planning time to improve processes for notification of the results
of the background checks.

WHAT THIS MEANS: Nothing changes at this time. Please continue to complete the background check process as described on our website:

Until next month!
Melissa Clement
Chief, Child Care Licensing Unit
Territory List
Other Early Childhood News & Updates
Training Opportunity
Bridges Out of Poverty Workshop

Click here or on the flyer for more details.
The Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration invites you to save the date for the Annual Celebration of Early Childhood Professionals!
Wednesday, April 15, 2020.
The Annual Celebration of Early Childhood Professionals

Wednesday, April 15, 2020
National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW), December 1-7, 2019

The National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) is a national awareness week focused on highlighting the importance of influenza vaccination.

Anyone can get influenza or the “flu”, but children younger than 5 years of age – especially those younger than 2 years old – are at high risk of serious flu-related complications. Each year in the US, thousands of young children are hospitalized due to flu complications and many more have to visit a doctor, an urgent care center, or the emergency room because of flu. In rare cases, flu complications can lead to death.

Most people who get sick with flu will have mild illness, will not need medical care or antiviral drugs and will recover in less than two weeks. Some people, however, are more likely to get flu complications that can result in hospitalization and sometimes death. Pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus infections and ear infections are examples of flu-related complications. Flu also can make chronic health problems worse. For example, people with asthma may experience asthma attacks while they have flu and people with chronic congestive heart failure may experience a worsening of this condition triggered by flu.
1. Take Time to Get a Vaccine
  • This is the first and best way to protect against the flu. By getting vaccinated, you will be less likely to get the flu; and therefore, less likely to spread the flu to the child.
  • If you care for a child or children over 6 months old, they should get a flu vaccine each year.
  • Encourage other caregivers to be vaccinated every year.
  • To find a place near you to get a flu vaccine, visit the HealthMap Vaccine Finder.
  2. Prevent Germs from Spreading
  • Keep yourself and the child/children in your care away from people who are sick as much as you can.
  • If you get the flu or flu symptoms, avoid contact with others, including the child/children in your care.
  • Use your elbow to cover your nose/mouth when you cough/sneeze; or use a tissue and throw it away.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. If you are not near water, use an alcohol-based hand cleaner.
  • Try not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs often spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched, especially when someone is ill.

For more information about National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) visit the CDC’s website:

For more information about influenza vaccine, or immunizations for all ages, visit the NH Immunization Program website: or call 603-271-4482.
Child Care Aware of New Hampshire 
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Thank you,
Child Care Aware of NH Team

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