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

May is here, hopefully the warmer spring weather will soon follow. Child Care Aware of NH has been hard at work helping children, families and providers across the state. Last month, several members of our team went to Washington DC for the Child Care Aware of America Symposium. Check out our Facebook page for some great pictures of their day on the hill. In addition, last month was the 20th Annual Celebration of Early Childhood Professionals. Child Care Aware of NH was there supporting early childhood professionals and over 130 credentials were awarded. We are so proud of the work everyone did for this year's credentialing challenge. Thank you to everyone that participated and received a credential as part of the team or individual challenge. Way to go!

In March, the Child Care Resource and Referral Outreach Specialists sent out the 2018 Annual Provider Update. If you have not already submitted a program update, there is still time. The Annual Provider Update helps Child Care Aware of NH have the most up to date and accurate information about your program so that we can refer families looking for child care to programs that best fit their individual needs. Look below for more details about this year's update. Thank you to all the programs that have already submitted theirs!

Our Training and TA Specialists will spend the next month continuing to support programs by facilitating and/or providing trainings throughout the state. In addition, the Training and TA Specialists are working with the 2018 Progressive Training and TA Programs and the Emergency Operation Planning Cohort.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for everything you do for families and children. We wish you a happy teacher and provider appreciation day! The work that you do on a daily basis is invaluable to the children, families and communities you serve. Thank you for your dedication to the field! We hope that you enjoy this month's edition of Monthly Minutes. 
Our Latest News and Updates
20th Annual Celebration of Early Childhood Professionals
Attendees came from all over the state to be part of the 20th Annual Celebration of Early Childhood Professionals. This was an evening to recognize those who are dedicated to making a difference in the lives of children and families throughout
New Hampshire.
2018 Child Care Aware of America Symposium
The Symposium brings together child care experts, Child Care Resource and Referral leaders and staff, child care providers, researchers, policymakers, parents, students, and anyone interested from across the country to discuss the hottest topics of research, policy, and practices of interest to the early child care and education community.
We have exciting news! Child Care Aware of NH has just started a NEW Facebook Group, the Child Care Aware of New Hampshire Emergency Operation Planning Group.

Child Care Aware of NH is dedicated to strengthening our Emergency Planning efforts. With approximately 45,000 children in child care settings throughout New Hampshire, it’s essential that these settings have strong emergency plans and procedures in place. Emergency services personnel have increased the amounts of safety events offered to their local communities. Through coordinated efforts with local emergency services, childcare programs will be better able to prepare for, respond to, and recover from the next incident, emergency or major disaster. Through this Facebook group, we are hoping to expand our efforts on helping our communities become a little safer. Consider joining this Facebook group to share and receive tools, resources and events regarding Emergency Planning.
What's New on the Website!
The NH Child Care Desert Map has been updated. This map refers to areas or communities with limited or no access to quality child care and really speaks to NH's story in relation to child care. Go to our Data Reports Tab and click on the NH Child Care Desert Map to check it out. 
2018 Annual Program Update

Thank you to all the providers that have already sent in their copy of the 2018 Annual Provider Update. At this point, we have received almost 300 Annual Program Updates back. If you have not yet returned yours you may still do so.
Thank you!
Training Opportunites and Upcoming Events
The 2017-2018 Annual Training Calendar
The Annual Training Calendar is a great tool to plan for professional development. It shows all of the trainings that CCAoNH will host from September 2017 - June 2018.
“Life is like a compass. When you set your goals correctly, it will take you to the RIGHT direction.” - Anonymous

Click here or on the cover to view the 2017-2018 Annual Training Calendar.
Training Updates

There have been a few changes in the Annual Training Calendar. Our e-newsletter will always have the most up to date changes for locations and times of trainings. Thank you for your understanding in recognizing that some changes will arise due to trainer and host site needs and availability. 

Trainings Changes:
  • CCB training, What Are You Trying to Say? Behavior is an Attempt to Communicate: Tuesday, May 1, 2018, 6:15-9:15 pm, Hampstead Academy, 320 East Road, Hampstead, 03841 (Originally Scheduled for Tuesday, February 13, 2018.) 
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.
  • 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 2-5 in the 2017-2018 Annual Training Calendar. Click on the button below to access the Annual Training Calendar.
Leadership Collaboratives
Leadership Collaboratives

Child Care Aware of NH offers 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 and to provide program leaders with Child Care Aware of NH program updates, essential local and state information, along with professional development opportunities. Registration can be completed online through the NH Professional Registry. The registration window does not need to be open for registration to begin. Information on topics and trainings being covered varies based on group interests. Please see below for topics, dates, times and locations to find a meeting near you. 

1st Week of the Month

Greater Concord Collaborative
  • Wednesday, May 2nd, 9:30-11:30 amGranite State College, 25 Hall Street, Concord, 03301, Topic: Social/Emotional & Mindfullness.

Eastern Monadnock Collaborative
  • Thursday, May 3rd, 6:30-8:30 pm, Monadnock Community Hospital, Parmelee Building, Conference Room 3, 452 Old Street Road, Peterborough, 03458, Topic: Emergency Preparedness Resources and Discussion.

2nd Week of the Month

Greater Derry Collaborative
  • Wednesday, May 9th, 9:30-11:30 am, Marion Gerrish Community Center, 39 West Broadway, Derry, 03038, Topic: Homeless Prevention/Networking with Keith Bates, Community Services Director, Rockingham Community Action, SNHS.

Greater Manchester Collaborative
  • Wednesday, May 9th, 9:30-11:30 am, Early Head Start, Conference Room, 160 Silver Street, Manchester, 03103, Topic: Learn & Share.
Click here or on the NH Professional Registry icon to sign-up for a collaborative near you .

3rd Week of the Month 

Lakes Region Collaborative  
  • Tuesday, May 15th, 9:30-11:30 am, Lakes Region Community Services, 719 North Main Street, Laconia, 03246, Topic: Social/Emotional & Mindful Learning with Thom Linehan.

Strafford Collaborative
  • Wednesday, May 16th, 9:30-11:30 am, Granite State College, 35 Industrial Way, Rochester, 03867, Topic: You're Not the Boss of Me: Working With Challenging Behaviors with Thom Linehan.

Greater Nashua Collaborative
  • Thursday, May 17th, 9:30-11:30 am, Nashua Community College, Room 229, 505 Amherst Street, Nashua, 03063, Topic: Social/Emotional & Mindfulness Champions with Thom Linehan.

River Valley Collaborative
  • Thursday, April 19th, 6:30-8:30 pm, Moody Building, Second Floor Conference Room, 24 Opera House Square, Claremont, 03743, Topic: Emergency Preparedness Resources and Discussion.

4th Week of the Month

North Country Collaborative
  • Tuesday, May 22nd, 1:30-3:30 pm, Passumpsic Bank, 117 Main StreetLancaster, 03584, Topic: Chapter 6 of Team Teaching in Early Childhood by Uniit Carruyo.

Western Monadnock Collaborative
  • Wednesday,May 23rd, 9:30-11:30 am, Bentley Commons, 197 Water Street, Keene, 03431, Topic: Team Teaching in Early Childhood-Leadership Tools for Reflective Practice.

White Mountain Collaborative
  • Thursday, May 24th, 6:30-8:30 pm, Tri-Country CAP Building, 448 White Mountain Highway, Tamworth, 03886, Topic: Chapter 4 of Team Teaching in Early Childhood by Unitt Carruyo.
Resources to Share with Families
Vroom, There is an App For That!

Did you know that there is a Vroom App? Every day, Vroom will deliver a fun tips for you and your child right to your phone. You’ll get tips chosen for your child’s age. Explore tons of tips and find ones that are just right for your family. There’s brain science behind every Vroom tip. With each short activity, you teach your child the life skills that help them thrive.

May Has Some Special Days to Share with Families...
  • Mother Goose Day
  • Mother's Day
  • Pick a Strawberry Day
  • Sun Screen Day
  • Tap Dance Day
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).
Time to plan for summer!
As you make your warm weather plans, CCLU thought this would be a good time to remind you of some seasonal rules, in particular to highlight what is different in the revised rules.
Other Early Childhood News & Updates
NHAEYC Spring Confernece
NHAEYC is excited to share the 2018 Annual Spring Conference. The event will be held at NHTI’s Concord Community College in Concord on Saturday, May 5, 2018. Choose from 49 different workshop offerings, network with like-minded professionals, and enter to win some great door prizes. Click   here   to view the brochure and register today at  
Webinar Opportunity
The Opioid Crisis: Perspectives From an Infant and Toddler Lens

Discover facts and resources to support responsive care to families struggling with challenges related to opioid abuse.

May 16, 2018 1:30–2:30 p.m. ET
Click here to register.
Dear Child Care Providers,
  • Vaccines are one of the most successful and cost-effective public health tools available for preventing disease and death. They not only help protect vaccinated individuals, but also help protect entire communities by preventing and reducing the spread of infectious diseases. For children born during 1994-2013, vaccination will prevent an estimated 322 million illnesses, 21 million hospitalizations, and 732,000 deaths over the course of their lifetimes!
  • Immunization is a shared responsibility. Families, caregivers, healthcare professionals, and public health officials must work together to help protect the entire community.
  • Most parents choose the safe and proven protection of vaccines. Giving babies the recommended immunizations by age two is the best way to protect them from 14 serious childhood diseases, like whooping cough and measles. Encourage parents to talk to their child’s doctor to be sure their baby is up-to-date on immunizations.
  • Currently, the US has the safest, most effective vaccine supply in its history. Our long-standing vaccine safety system ensures that vaccines are as safe as possible. As new information and science become available, this system is, and will continue to be, updated and improved.

Thank you for all you do to keep NH children, families, and communities free of vaccine preventable diseases!

Business of Child Care Workshop Understanding Per-Child Cost of an ECE Center

Thursday, May 10, 2018, 1:00-4:00 pm

Registration required.

RSVP by Friday, May 4, 2018
To: Elaine Mondor, Administrative Assistant,
(603) 224- 6669
Professional Development Opportunity
The Saul Zaentz Professional Learning Academy is offering a program for early education program directors, coaches, and administrators:  The Science of Early Learning and Adversity: Daily Leadership to Promote Development and Buffer Stress  on June 4 - 5, 2018. 
Institute participants are also invited to join us after the program for our  Innovation Challenge  Monday, June 4th from 4:00 – 6:30 PM.

Click here or on the picture for more details.
Employment Opportunities
Child Care Aware of New Hampshire has open positions. 

A Bilingual Support Specialist:
  • Provides bilingual support services and consumer education for families in selecting child care.
  • Facilitates trainings and provides targeted technical assistance to early childhood professionals.
  • Assesses each regional area to meet cultural needs and to promote cultural competency.
  • Provides interpretation in second language as necessary. 
  • Position is in the Main Office in Nashua.

A Training and Technical Assistance Specialist:
  • Facilitates training opportunities.
  • Provides targeted technical assistance to early childhood professionals.
  • Provides support services and consumer education for families in selecting child care.
  • Statewide position.

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

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