December 2018 Monthly Minutes
A Message from Child Care Aware of NH
Hello Providers,

November has flown by. We hope that everyone had a happy, safe Thanksgiving. This past month, Child Care Aware of New Hampshire, a program of Southern New Hampshire Services, has been busy. We hosted a special event, a conference, a contest, sent out the Condensed Provider Updates and celebrated Vroom Week.
Working on Condensed Provider Updates
Create a Tip Card Contest
Vroom Week Picture
Child Care Resource and Referral Outreach Specialists are happily collecting Condensed Provider Updates. If you have already sent us your Update, thank you! If you have not sent us your Condensed Provider Update, please do so. By having up to date information, it helps us give accurate referrals to families seeking care. In October alone, we completed over 200 referrals to get those Condensed Provider Updates in!

Our Training and TA Specialists are busy supporting providers through technical assistance, trainings, Leadership Collaboratives and EOP Cohort groups. Check out our Special Events coming soon. The Active Collaborative Training (A.C.T.) Series: Bomb Threat (SCAN) & Active Shooter (CRASE) is today. Next week, the Infant & Toddler Institute is Saturday, December 8, 2018. The Caring for Our Children Conference is headed to Keene on Saturday, January 26, 2019. Look below for more details about these events.

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. 
Our Latest News and Updates
CCAoNH Will Be Closed

Child Care Aware of NH, a program of Southern New Hampshire Services, will be closed on Monday, December 24, 2018 and Tuesday, December 25, 2018. We will resume normal business hours on Wednesday, December 26, 2018. Happy Holidays!
The Condensed Provider Update Is Available!
Have you completed your update? Every fall, we do a Condensed Provider Update of our early childhood programs as rates tend to change and vacancies need to be filled. Please take a moment to complete one of the forms below and send it to our Lead CCR&R Outreach Coordinator, Karen Abbott via email, fax or mail.  

Fax number: 
 (603) 578-1736
Mailing Address:
Child Care Aware of NH
Attn: Karen Abbott
88 Temple Street
Nashua, NH 03060 
We thank you in advance and hope you enjoy the season!
The 2018-2019 Credentialing Challenge
The Child Care Aware of NH (CCAoNH) and the Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration (BCDHSC) would like to announce this year’s Early Childhood Credential Challenges.

Child Care Aware of New Hampshire is offering to cover the $25 cost of an initial credentialing application fee or the $10 renewal fee for the first 100 credentials to meet the Challenge criteria below and agree to have their credential be awarded during this year’s Annual Celebration of Early Childhood Professionals.

Click here or on the picture below for a printable flyer. Please note that the both the individual flyer and the team flyer are part of the same document.
What's New on the Website!
We recently added our referral packet to the website. We send the Choosing Quality Care packet to every  family we give a referral to. In this packet, we offer information on:
  • CCAoNH services
  • 5 steps to choosing child care
  • Choosing child care in NH
  • NH Quality Rating Designations
  • Answers to frequently asked questions
  • Where to find help paying for child care
  • Valuable community resources
You can find this packet through the Family tab, under Quality Care Matters.
Putting Training into Action
Little Blessings in Portsmouth added a "Welcome Area" after completing the Strengthening Families Self-Assessment. This area is meant for families to be able to gather, talk, and participate in informal activities at the center in order to relieve stress.

Deb Hunter, Director of the Children's Learning Center @ CMC/DHK attended the Training and TA Institute on Strengths-Based Coaching. Due to the training, Deb plans to use the information from the training during annual reviews.

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 have inspired your work. Send your story to and we will share your anecdote in our new Monthly Minute section, Putting Training Into Action.
Training Opportunites and Upcoming Events
2018-2019 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 2018 - June 2019.

“If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.”
- Henry Ford

Click  here or on the cover to view the 2018-2019 Annual Training Calendar.
Eventbrite Trainings for
November's Monthly Registration Window Included December Trainings!
Don't miss out on these great trainings! To register, click here or on the "E".

  • Wednesday, December 5, 2018, Sensory Systems That Work, 6:30-8:30 pm, Littleton
  • Wednesday, December 12, 2018, Body Language: What Does It Mean?, 6:30-8:30 pm, Hookset
  • Thursday, December 13, 2018, Using Yoga to Create Harmony in Your Classroom, 6:30-8:30 pm, Franklin
Infant & Toddler Institute
How The NH Early Learning Standards Can Help In Promoting Infant/Toddler Learning And Development Through Play, Exploration, and Responsive Interactions
Saturday, December 8, 2018

8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Executive Court Banquet Facility
1199 S Mammoth Road
Manchester, NH 03109

Click here or on the flyer for more details.

To register, click on
Registration closes December 3, 2018 at 4:30 pm
Caring for Our Children Conference in Keene
Saturday, January 26, 2019

8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Keene State College
Redfern Arts Center
90 Wyman Way
Keene, NH 03435

Click here or on the brochure for more details.

To register, click on
Save the Date for the Next Installment of the
A ctive  C ollaborative  T raining (A.C.T.) Series

Saturday, February 9, 2019
More details will be available soon!
Leadership Collaboratives
Child Care Aware of NH offers 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 Leadership Collaborative through the NH Professional Registry .
Click   here      to print our Leadership Collaborative Information Sheet to help you remember when and where our Leadership 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. (There are no current webinars this training window.)
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.
  • Training registrations are non-transferable.
  • 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
For a complete list of our training and registration policies, please see pages 3-5 in the 2018-2019 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 2018 is Safe Toys and Giving Month! 
During 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
December is National Pear Month

Did you know that there are 10 different variety of USA pears? Share this with families and encourage them to have children try the different variety of pears available. Go to to find out more.
NAEYC Family Resources
Did you know that the National Association for the Education of Young Children has research-based resources, tips and ideas for families—from child development to reading, writing, music, math, and more! Click here to visit the page.
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).
Other Early Childhood News & Updates
Unsung Hero Award
Do you know a parent who shows one or more of these strengths?
  • Ability to bounce back from stress (Parental Resilience)
  • Has a strong support system (Social Connections)
  • Understands their child’s developmental needs (Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development)
  • Shows empathy and support toward their child’s feelings (Social and Emotional Competence of Children)
  • Is not afraid to ask for help or receive help (Concrete Support in Times of Need)
If so, nominate them for the Unsung Hero Award. Click here for more details.
Hot Topic Webinars and New Communities of Practice
The Office of Child Care and Child Care State Capacity Building Center (SCBC) and the Infant/Toddler Specialist Network (ITSN) are pleased to announce the next series of Infant/Toddler Hot Topic Webinars and three new Infant/Toddler Communities of Practice (CoP) for I/T professionals.
For more information on the Infant/Toddler Hot Topic Webinars or Infant/Toddler Communities of Practice contact   Chandra Curtis at .
Hot Topic Webinars
These webinars are designed to raise awareness about important topics; provide relevant resources; and inspire continued conversation, topic exploration, and further action toward increasing the supply and quality of I/T care.

Supporting Cultural Responsiveness in Diverse Child Care Settings Serving Infants, Toddlers, and Their Families
 Wednesday, December 19, 2018—1:00 – 2:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)
Employment Opportunities
Join Our Team!
Child Care Aware of New Hampshire is looking for dynamic individuals to join our team. Are you passionate about the early childhood field? Are you looking to make a difference? Do you want to help families find quality child care and work hand in hand with providers to promote high quality learning experiences for all children? If you answered yes, then Child Care Aware of NH is for you! Check out our open positions below.

Infant and Toddler Specialist
  • Facilitates training opportunities.
  • Provides targeted technical assistance (coaching and mentoring) to early childhood professionals specific to Infants and Toddlers.
  • Provides support services and consumer education for families in selecting child care.
  • Statewide position based out of Nashua or Concord.

Training and Technical Assistance Specialist (3):
  • Facilitates training opportunities.
  • Provides targeted technical assistance (coaching and mentoring) to early childhood professionals.
  • Provides support services and consumer education for families in selecting child care.
  • Statewide position
  • One based out of Claremont.
  • One based out of Nashua or Concord.
  • One based out of Nashua.

For more information about each position or to apply, please go to  to fill out an online application.
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
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Eastern Regional Office
Concord Regional Office
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Child Care Aware of NH Training & TA/Help Line:
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