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

The nights are cooler, the leaves are changing and fall is all around us. September was an active month as we started trainings, Early Childhood Leadership Collaboratives and rolled out most of the fall line up of professional development opportunities. Read through this E-newsletter and future ones to stay tuned into what is happening with Child Care Aware of NH powered by Southern New Hampshire Services.

Child Care Resource and Referral Outreach Specialists have spent the month of September providing referrals to families, visiting District Offices, working with Workplace Success and doing community outreach. The Child Care Resource and Referral Outreach Specialists recently sent the Program Information Condensed Update Form to all programs in NH . You should see it in your mailbox any day. This update is smaller than the one we do in the spring but no less important. Please take a moment to fill it out and send it back to us. Thank you.

Applications to be a part of the Progressive Training and TA Program and the Early Childhood Cohorts were due yesterday. Programs that applied should hear from their assigned Training and TA Specialist soon. This past Saturday, we hosted the first of four Caring for Our Children Conferences. This Conference was in Nashua. It was a great event with guest speaker Lynette Fraga Ph.D from Child Care Aware of America. She introduced and led a discussion about the documentary "No Small Matter".

The Training and TA Specialists are gearing up for the upcoming events. This month, we are offering 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 . On October 24 th Fall NH Early Childhood Leadership Summit with Vernon Mason will take place. In November, we have multiple events for providers. On the 1st of November, we are hosting the  All About the SACERS-U: A Training With Cathy Riley,  and on the 2nd of November, 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 . Please look below for more details about these events.

Have you heard that CCAoNH has a new collaborative partner, NH Association for the Education of Young Children (NHAEYC). NHAEYC and CCAoNH are combining forces and collective energy to support the early childhood field and best practice within the State. Look below for the final reveal!

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
CCAoNH and NHAEYC Collaboration
Click on the picture to view the video.
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. The Program Information Condensed Update Form was mailed to programs earlier this week. 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.
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 Annual Training Calendar was updated with a change to a host site.
  • The Credentialing page was updated.
  • The CCAoNH Collaborative and Groups page was added to the drop down menu under the Providers tab then under Professional Development.
  • 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.
Putting Training into Action
One Step Ahead Daycare completed the Progressive Training and TA Program: Program Emergency Preparedness and Response. The program worked with the strengths of each team member to assign tasks for each of the response actions. Congratulations on a job well done!
Have you or someone you work with been inspired by a training? Have you implemented an idea, thought or concept you learned in a professional development opportunity? If you answered yes, share your stories with us. We would love to hear how CCAoNH trainings and TA have inspired your work. Send your story to and we will share your anecdote in our new Monthly Minutes section, Putting Training Into Action.
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.
Trainings for the Environment Rating Scales (ERS)
2019 Fall NH Early Childhood Leadership Summit
Refocus. Refresh. Restart.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

$50 - Registration Fee includes training and lunch buffet

Click  here   or on the flyer for more details
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.
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!
Active Collaborative Training
Saturday, December 7, 2019
Infant & Toddler Institute 
Saturday, December 14, 2019
Flyers will be coming soon! Mark your calendars!
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: .
October 2019 Is National Crime Prevention Month
& Fire Prevention Month!     

Have you heard of "Play Safe, Be Safe!"?   

Did you know that Sesame Street has a fire safety program? h ttps://
Resources to Share with Families
October is National Children's Magazine Month and
National Book Month

Check out the  Parents Choice Favorite Magazines  for children. Share the link with families to offer another way to look at reading and literacy with their child.

Check out the  list of NH Public Libraries . Don't forget to share the list with families.

"There’s a lot happening during playtime. Little ones are lifting, dropping, looking, pouring, bouncing, hiding, building, knocking down, and more.
Children are more than busy when they’re playing. When your children play with you, they are also learning that they are loved and important and that they are fun to be around. Learn more about how these social-emotional skills give babies the self-esteem and self-confidence they need to continue building loving and supportive relationships all their lives."
Check out great resources to share with families from Zero to Three about play .
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
Please consider completing the NH Early Childhood and Family Mental Health Workforce Assessment Survey

This survey ( ) is designed to inform the activities resulting from the New Hampshire Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Financing Policy Convening. Specifically, this survey supports an assessment to create an inventory of systems and provider networks providing early childhood and family mental health services establish a baseline of individuals with Early Childhood and Family Mental Health credential or similar credentials or have completed specialized training such as Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) or Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), and to identify the gaps and barriers to service across the current early childhood mental health system.

This survey is open until October 7, 2019.
If you have any questions about this survey or the assessment,
please contact Meghan Guptill ( )
Professional Development Surveys

 The Spark NH Workforce and Professional Development Committee is working on a statewide initiative to improve professional development for those who work with young children. They are finding out about barriers and incentives around participating in training and other opportunities. They would like your opinion about available and potential options. It will only take about 5 minutes to answer a short survey. There are two options, one for administrators and directors and one for staff working directly with children. Please select the one that fits your position
Thank you very much.
Tessa McDonnell
Chair, Spark WFPD Committee
Are You Ready for the 2019 Child Care IMMUNIZATION REPORT?

Access to complete the 2019 Childcare Immunization Report will be available in the next few weeks, usually around October 15th and it is due November 15, 2019. Look for an email around mid-October (check your spam folder if you don’t see it). If NHIP does not have an email contact for you, the report will be mailed to you via the US Postal Service during the second half of October.
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 assistance on how to complete the annual Childcare Immunization Report? Look no further! The NH Immunization Program has updated the “New Hampshire Child Care Provider’s Guide to Immunizations”. In this guide 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 are located 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!
Child Care Aware of New Hampshire 
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Thank you,
Child Care Aware of NH Team

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