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

We hope that your fall has started off well. This month, CCAoNH has a lot going on! We start off with several staff members flying to Denver, Colorado for the 2018 Child Care Aware of America Leadership Institute: Leading Boldly, Accelerating Change. The Institute offers participants a place to gather and engage in dialogue about critical issues facing the future of child care and early learning today. One of our own staff members, Shaquanna McEachern, will be presenting at this national conference on our efforts in NH on Emergency Preparedness.

Child Care Resource and Referral Outreach Specialists continue to diligently work with the District Offices, the New Hampshire Employment Programs and Workplace Success. Through these outlets, Child Care Resource and Referral Outreach Specialists work with individual families looking for child care. We help to provide a tailored list of referrals that families can use to help them find care.

Our Training and TA Specialists are busy supporting providers through technical assistance, trainings, Leadership Collaboratives and EOP Cohort groups. The application for the Progressive Training and TA Program is due by Friday, October 12, 2018. If you have not been part of our Progressive Training and TA Program, now is a great time to see what it is all about! In addition, today is the first day of the 2018-2019 Credentialing Challenge. There are two different challenges again this year, the Individual Credentialing Challenge and the Team Credentialing Challenge. The challenges are a great opportunity for you to work with a Training and TA Specialist to get your first credential(s) or to renew your credential(s). Look below for details.

The 2018-2019 training year is off to a great start. In September, we offered the first Caring for Our Children Conference of this training year in Nashua. It was a great day filled with lots of professional development opportunities. If you missed the Nashua conference, don't worry, the Caring for Our Children Conference is coming to Conway on Saturday, November 3, 2018. Look below for more details.

Check out our Special Events coming soon. The Family Child Care Training Institute will be held on Saturday, October 6, 2018. The 2018 Fall NH Early Childhood Leadership Summit will be on Thursday, October 25, 2018. In November, we are offering the Training and TA Institute on Thursday, November 1, 2018. Look below for more details about these fall events or for upcoming save the dates.

We would like to take this opport unity 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
Closed Columbus Day

CCAoNH will be closed Tuesday, October 8, 2018 in observance of Columbus Day. We will reopen with regular business hours on Wednesday, October 9, 2018.
Training and TA Program
Progressive. Intentional. Meaningful. Focused.
The Progressive Training and Technical Assistance Program is an opportunity for your program to participate in focused and facilitated team building that promotes professionalism and program quality.
Applications have been extended until Friday, October 12, 2018

Click here or on the flyer for more details.
The 2018-2019 Credentialing Challenge Begins TODAY!
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 have made a couple of changes to the website this month.
  • We have added a page under the Child Care Licensing tab. The new page is called Child Care Licensing for LE Providers.
  • We updated the Credentialing page to have this year's Credentialing Challenge.
Did you know?
  • You can access flyers and information about events and programs that we are offering straight from the home page. The picture slide show on the home page has links to all of our current happenings. If you click the mouse on the (small) dots below the pictures you can move to different slides without waiting. Check out the info that we have up there!
  • You can access archived e-newsletters from our E-News page. Simply click on E-News at the top center of the page. Then scroll for the edition that you are looking for.
  • You can access information about how to create a COOP on the Continuation of Operations Plan (COOP) page.
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
October's Monthly Registration Window!
Don't miss out on these great trainings! To register, click here or on the "E".

  • Thursday, October 11, 2018, A Sensory Rich Classroom: Fun that Engages and Incorporates the NH Early Learning Standards, 6:30-8:30 PM, Keene
  • Thursday, October 18, 2018, Using Yoga to Create Harmony in Your Classroom, 6:30-8:30 PM, Nashua
Family Child Care Training Institute
Reducing Your Risks and Managing Your Money
Today is the last day to register! Registration closes at 4:30 pm. Don't miss out.
Saturday, October 6, 2018

8:30 am – 4:00 pm

The Holiday Inn-Concord
172 North Main Street
Concord, NH 03301

Click here or on the flyer for more details.

To register, click on http://snhsccrr.eventbrite.com

2018 Fall NH Early Childhood Leadership Summit
Inspired Leadership and Lavender
Thursday, October 25, 2018

8:00 am - 3:00 pm

The Common Man Inn & Spa
231 Main Street
Plymouth, NH 03264

Click here or on the flyer for more details.

To register, click on http://snhsccrr.eventbrite.com
The Training and TA Institute
Strengths-Based Coaching
Using Mindfulness to Create Real Change through Communication
Thursday, November 1, 2018
8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Puritan Conference & Event Center
245 Hooksett Road
Manchester, 03104

Click here for a printable copy.

To register, click on http://snhsccrr.eventbrite.com
Caring for Our Children Conference ~ Conway
Saturday, November 3, 2018

8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Kennett Middle School
176 Main Street
Conway, NH 03818

Click here or on the brochure for more details.

To register, click on http://snhsccrr.eventbrite.com
Emergency Preparedness Event:
Active Community Training (ACT) Day
Saturday, December 1, 2018

Infant and Toddler Institute
Saturday, December 8, 2018
Be on the lookout for the flyers or brochures closer to the event dates.
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.
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:  https://www.nsc.org/events/safety-observance-calendar .
October 2018 is National Crime Prevention Month
& Fire Prevention Month!    

Have you heard of "The Great NorthEast ShakeOut-New Hampshire"?
 It's scheduled for Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 10:18am.

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

Wondering about some basic fire safety preparation? Visit:     https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/fire.html  

Did you know that Sesame Street has a fire safety program?
Child Care Aware of NH
Emergency Operation 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. 
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.
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).
CCLU needs to revise RSA 170-E:7, the law that governs background checks, in order to come into full compliance with the Federal Reauthorization of the Child Care Development Block Grant.

Click here or on the button below to view the proposed upcoming legislation to come into compliance.

Other Early Childhood News & Updates
Teaching Pro-Social Skills:
Averting Challenging Behaviors
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
6:00-8:00 pm

River Valley Community College
1 College Place, Claremont 

Click here or on the flyer for more details.
A Message from the
NH Immunization Program

Greetings NH Early Childhood Educators,

The NH Immunization Program (NHIP) reminds you that the 2018 Childcare Immunization Report will be sent to you in the next couple of weeks and is due back by November 15, 2018. The report will arrive via email (if NHIP has a current email address for you) or by postal service. Have you had a change of email address? Please call the NHIP at 603-271-4482 if you have a new email address or if the person who received the emailed report last year is no longer at your center.

NHIP continues to work at streamlining the report, including “up to date” age categories, knowing that children under age 2 have a complex schedule of immunizations, due at various ages.

For information about childcare immunization requirements and the annual report, please visit: https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/immunization/ccproviders.htm
For additional questions, call 603-271-4482. NHIP thanks you for all you do to keep NH children healthy and learning!
Building Supportive and High-Quality Preschool Environments Using the Pyramid Model

Click here or on the flyer for more details.
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.

A Training and Technical Assistance Specialist:
  • 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.

For more information about each position or to apply, please go to   http://snhs.org/jobs  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  outreach2ccrr@snhs.org  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
Main Toll Free Line: 1-855-393-1731
Bilingual Support Line: 1-855-393-1731 x 28
Child Care Aware of NH Outreach Offices:
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Concord Regional Office
Western Regional Office
Northern Regional Office
Child Care Aware of NH Training & TA/Help Line:
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(603) 227-6383
(603) 903-0830
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