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

The leaves are almost down and November is upon us. October was an active month. The phones have been busy for our Child Care Resource and Referral Outreach Specialists as they help families find child care. In addition, they are actively visiting District Offices, working with Workplace Success and doing community outreach. The Child Care Resource and Referral Outreach Specialists have been collecting and inputting the data from the 250 Program Information Condensed Update Forms that have already been returned. We appreciate everyone that has sent them in. If you have not had the opportunity to do so, there is still time. Please take a moment to fill it out and send it back to us. Thank you.

The Training and TA Specialists are gearing up for the upcoming events. Today , we are hosting the  All About the SACERS-U: A Training With Cathy Riley,  and tomorrow, we are hosting  All About the FCCERS-3: A Training With Cathy Riley. We also have the Training and TA Institute on November 7th and the Caring for Our Children Conference in Conway on November 9th . In December we are hosting two more events. The A.C.T. Series Training Day on December 7th and the Infant and Toddler Institute on December 14th . Please look below for more details about these events.

Last month, we offered the All About the ECERS-3: A Training With An Author in collaboration with UNH with funds from the PDG on October 9 th and 10 th. This was two great days of training and participants walked away with a strong knowledge of the ECERS-3 tool. On October 24 th, Vernon Mason joined us for the Fall NH Early Childhood Leadership Summit. Vernon led a lively and interactive training that had participants laughing their way to a day of relevant professional development.

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
Program Information Condensed Update Form
Child Care Aware of New Hampshire (CCAoNH) powered by Southern New Hampshire Services strives to provide families with high-quality child care referrals in New Hampshire. It is essential that our database be current and accurate in order for us to best serve families and your program.  
As rates change and vacancies need to be filled, we do a Condensed Provider Update of our early childhood programs every Fall. Please take a moment to complete the 2019 Program Information Condensed Update Form. Programs can choose to fill in the mailed form, print the printable form or fill the form out on their computer using the fillable form below. Then mail, email or fax the Program Information Condensed Update Form to Child are Aware of NH. We thank you in advance for completing and returning the form to us.
CCAoNH Has a Special Visitor
On September 28, Child Care Aware of NH hosted the Caring for Our Children Conference in Nashua, NH. As part of the event, CCAoNH invited Lynnette Fraga, Executive Director of Child Care Aware of America, to introduce and lead a discussion on the documentary film,  No Small Matter No Small Matter  brings public attention to early childhood education by sharing powerful stories and stunning truths about early learning and quality early care and education . In addition to the 152 conference attendees, c ommunity members and early childhood stake holders were also invited to attend the event.  

As part of Lynette's trip to New Hampshire, she was interested in visiting early childhood programs. Tracy Pond, Program Manager for the Child Care Aware of NH program and Sarah Vanderhoof, Child Development Director for SNHS, took Lynette to two of our own NH programs to view and discuss the state of child care in NH. The two programs toured were Southern New Hampshire Services Early Head Start and Labrecque Family Child Care. Lynette has been touring programs across the country and it was a great opportunity for her to see two of our own NH programs in action. 
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 be will more accessible to people with disabilities.

Here is what's new on our current site.
  • The Staff & Bio page on the website has been updated. We have added new staff and put a new picture up from the April 30th 2019 NH Celebration of Early Childhood Professionals.
  • Don't forget to check out the home page picture slides. We post current news there as well as hot topics. Make sure to scroll through the slides next time you are at the 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.
Training and TA Institute
Coaching Using the Environment Rating Scale Tools

Thursday, November 7, 2019

$40 - registration fee
includes training, lunch buffet and the book,  Coaching with ECERS: Strategies and Tools to Improve Quality in Pre-K & K Classrooms

Click  here   or on the flyer for more details
Caring for Our Children Conference in Conway
Saturday, November 9, 2019

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

Click here or on the Brochure cover for more details.
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.

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

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

Click  here  or on the flyer 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

There is a revised registration policy.
“PAID” training registrations are NOW transferable for events with a fee. A minimum of five (5) business days notice is required. To transfer a registration for the event purchased, the individual or purchasee must contact the Professional Development Support Coordinator, Donna Lake, at (603) 903-0830 a minimum of five (5) business days before the event training date by 5:00 pm. Transfers are only made via phone. For example, you are registered to attend a paid training on Tuesday, September 3, 2019. You are now unable to attend the event. You must contact her by Monday, August 26, 2019 as Monday, September 2, 2019 is a holiday and not a business day. Please note that transferability cannot be applied to a different training or event and is only for the event training that was paid for. Please feel free to contact the Professional Development Support Coordinator with any questions. 
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: .
November 2019 is Holiday Safety Month! 

November's topic is about fire and food safety during the holidays. Please be sure to use the resources below for important safety tips.

Resources to Share with Families
November is Family Engagement Month

"Family engagement is a shared responsibility in which schools and other community agencies and organizations are committed to reaching out to engage families in meaningful ways and in which families are committed to actively supporting their children's learning and development." National Association for Family School and Community Engagement.

Looking for ways to engage families? Check out the Head Start ECLKC site for resources:
November is Family Stories Month

Sharing stories with family members helps to keep memories alive for future generations. Children love to hear stories! Share this idea with the families in your program.

Family Stories Month rolls around in November just in time for the holidays. When families gather, it’s an excellent time to share stories and learn about family history. Throughout Family History Month encourage tour families to record or listen to stories from relatives of all ages.

Use #FamilyStoriesMonth to post on social media. For more information about Family stories month visit:
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 check back next month for a message from the Child Care Licensing Unit.
Territory List
Other Early Childhood News & Updates
The 2019 Child Care Immunization Report Is Now Available

The 2019 Childcare Immunization Report was released on October 14th and it is due November 15, 2019. If we do not have an email contact for you, the reports were mailed out on October 15th via the US Postal Service. If you have not received the report, you can go to the NH Immunization Program and download the paper copy or reach the online reporting platform! Now is a good time to be sure your health and immunization records are up to date.

Do you know what immunizations are required for a child to be enrolled in a NH licensed child care center? Do you need some help understanding a child’s immunization record? Do you need a tool to help you to track immunizations? Looking for a guide on how to complete the annual Childcare Immunization Report?

Look no further! The NH Immunization Program has just updated a guide just for you. Included in “New Hampshire Child Care Provider’s Guide to Immunizations” are the requirements and recommendations, the basic procedures for reviewing a child’s immunization record, how to complete the annual report and resources for you and for the families you serve. The Guide and other helpful resources can be found at our website:

If you do not have internet access or would like to contact the New Hampshire Immunization Program, you may call 603-271-4482. Thank you for helping keep New Hampshire families and communities free of vaccine preventable diseases!

NH Department of Health & Human Services Division of Public Health Services, Immunization Program 29 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03301 (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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