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

We hope that you had a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving. November certainly brought many things for Child Care Aware of NH powered by Southern New Hampshire Services to be thankful for. We launched our new website, hosted three Special Events, a myriad of trainings and Early Childhood Focused Collaboratives. We have had the opportunity to work with providers through technical assistance, and we continue to support families in finding care. Overall, the CCAoNH team is grateful to have the opportunity to work with the providers and families of NH.

The Child Care Resource and Referral Outreach Specialists have spent a lot of time supporting program administrators/providers with the new NH Child Care Search Portal. They continue to assist directors in gaining access to the new system. The Outreach Specialists have joined the LiveChat team and are now available to answer questions through this feature on our website. They continue to give referrals to families seeking child care and help families with remote learning options.

The Training and TA Specialists are busy offering professional development opportunities in a variety of different ways to providers all around the State. They are facilitating trainings and hosting Early Childhood Focused Collaboratives. In December, we have two Special Events coming up, the A.C.T. Training Series and the Infant and Toddler Institute. Look below for more information about these upcoming events.

Looking into the new year, CCAoNH has a few treats coming your way. We will be hosting an e-conference, Keys to Quality as well as another Special Event, Classroom Management: Successful Encounters. We will also be unveiling a new feature on the website starting in 2021.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for everything you do for families and children. We hope that you enjoy this month's edition of Monthly Minutes. 
CCAoNH Updates
CCAoNH Website News
On November 18, the New Hampshire Connections website went live. We hope you are as thrilled with the outcome as we are. As our website is the consumer education website for the State of NH, we have added the NH Connections logo to it and the new site has adopted the logos colors. The NH Connections logo is also being used for the NH Connections Information System.
Professional Development Opportunities
and Upcoming Events
2020-2021 Virtual Annual Training Calendar
Click here or on the 2020-2021 Virtual Annual Training Calendar for a printable copy.
Click here or on the Different Types of Professional Development Opportunities Flyer for a printable copy.
The 2020-2021 Virtual Annual Training Calendar is a fluid document that will be updated and changed as needed. You will always be able to find the most current version of the Calendar on our website.
Training Registration Window
The date for the Training Registration Window has changed. To give providers more time to access trainings being offered, the Training Registration Window will now be open on the 15th of each month for the next month's trainings.
Early Childhood Focused Collaborative Meetings
CCAoNH has redesigned how we are offering our Early Childhood Focused Collaborative Meetings. Please note, that on the 26th of each month the Early Childhood Focused Collaborative Meeting topics will be emailed out to you. You may attend more than one Collaborative per month!

Click here or on the flyer for a printable copy.
Progressive Training & TA Program
Progressive. Intentional. Meaningful. Focused
CCAoNH now has open enrollment for the Progressive Training and TA Program.
That means you can 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 programs can choose from this year:
  • 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

The Progressive Training and Technical Assistance Program is an opportunity for your program to participate in focused and facilitated teambuilding that promotes professionalism and program quality.

Want to know more? Contact us at, (603) 578-1386, ext. 2532, Technical Assistance page or on LiveChat.
NH Connections: Take a Virtual Tour

Online Zoom Training

Thursday, December 3, 2020
6:30-7:30 PM

Register through Eventbrite.

Click here or on the flyer for more details.
Active Collaborative Training Series
Compassionate Care for Families Affected by Perinatal Substance Exposure Using a Solution Focused, Trauma-Informed Approach

Saturday, December 5, 2020
8:30 AM-12:00 PM
Register through Eventbrite.

Click here or on the flyer for more details.

2020 Infant & Toddler Institute
Brain Development: Theory, Application and Action Steps

Saturday, December 12, 2020
8:30 AM-1:30 PM
Register through Eventbrite.

Click here or on the flyer for more details.
Keys to Quality: Unlocking Your Professional Development E-Conference

Saturday, January 23, 2021
8:30 AM-4:00 PM

Register through Eventbrite.

Click here or on the brochure for more details.
CCAoNH Online Registration Process
CCAoNH has enacted several measures to our online Zoom trainings to ensure that any potential hacking is minimized.

  • The morning of the online Zoom professional development, participants will receive an email with the Zoom URL Code to join the professional development opportunity and the link to the evaluation to complete following the training. 
  • A reminder email will be sent either one hour before the training or by 4:00 PM the day of the training for evening professional development.
  • Notices will be sent to the email that is in the participant's NH Professional Registry. 
  • To join the training the participant will click on the Zoom Code. After clicking on the link, the participant will be asked to fill in their name, email, and organization before clicking on the button to enter the meeting. By filling in this information, this will create an online sign in sheet to prove attendance.
  • For best viewing and participation in this collaborative, please use a device with a screen, speakers and a camera.

Professional Development Hours will be provided to all those participants who are viewing the webinar live and are registered in the NH Professional Registry. Your training transcript will reflect this within two business days.

For those participants who are viewing the recording of this webinar, please use the Self-Study Sheet found at the top of the Training and Webinars page on our website.

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.
Register for trainings with no cost on the NH Professional Registry.
Register for trainings with a cost on Eventbrite.
Register for trainings at Go to Meeting offered by the Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration
Monthly Health and Safety Topics
Emergency planning happens year round. The National Safety Council has a list of themes and events:
December 2020 is Holiday Safety Month! 

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
Vroom Resources
Here are some fun ways to engage families in their children's learning. To reach and support as many families as possible, we encourage you to share these resources with early care and education providers and programs. 

  • e-newsletters
  • online or in-person training
  • social media posts (Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)
  • use hashtags #WeAreBrainBuilders and #GrowYoungBrains
  • embed on agency website
  • email
  • insert your agency logo for the free space on the "Brain Building Challenge"
Click on each picture for a printable copy.
Click here for a printable copy.
Other Early Childhood News & Updates
NH Connections Information System
The New Hampshire Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS), Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration (BCDHSC) and the Department of Health & Human Services, Child Care Licensing Unit (CCLU) are proud to announce The NH Connections Information System.

The NH Connections Information System is a way to CONNECT:
  • Families seeking care with child care programs that best meet their unique needs
  • Child Care programs and early childhood and afterschool professionals with resources to grow professionally and meeting licensing requirements
  • Administrators and directors to the status of employees’ professional requirement

As many of you may already know, DHHS has already rolled out the first phase of the NH Connections Information System with the NH Child Care Search Portal housed on the Child Care Aware of NH website. More information about the next phase of the NH Connections Information System will be coming this month. Please be on the lookout for it.
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

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