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

The summer is coming to a close as programs gear up for the "new" year. We hope that your September is off to a great start and that you are as excited about the fall as we are!

Child Care Resource and Referral Outreach Specialists want to thank you . We received over 100 updates with vacancies due to your response to our emails. THANK YOU! Please feel free to call or email our Outreach Specialists whenever you have changes in vacancies. You do not have to wait for the full or partial update to let us know. Thank you again for your help and support, we appreciate it !

Our Training and TA Specialists are finishing up the last round of Progressive Training and TA Programs over the next few months. Be on the lookout this month, for the application to be a part of the next round of Progressives . This is a great program where Training and TA Specialists work directly with you and your program on a chosen initiative. Here are some anonymous quotes taken from the 2018 Provider Survey about our Training and TA Specialists. "It is great to get that one on one work with a highly qualified professional and have the work adapted for my needs." "Always willing to help...the experience was very positive" Another provider stated, "The TA's are friendly, knowledgeable, and adaptable! They are a "go-to" resource for directors." If you have not been part of our Progressive Training and TA Program, jump on board, now is a great time to see what it is all about!

We are excited about the 2018-2019 training year. In addition to all the trainings found in the Annual Training Calendar , this fall offers many special events and two conferences. Right now you can register for the Caring for our Children Conference in Nashua on September 22, 2018 and the Family Child Care Training Institute on October 6, 2018. The flyer for the 2018 Fall NH Early Childhood Leadership Summit will be available soon. Look below for more details about these events or for upcoming fall 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 Labor Day

CCAoNH will be closed Monday, September 3, 2018 in observance of Labor Day. We will reopen with regular business hours on Tuesday, September 4, 2018.
Progressive 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.

Coming this month, the application to be a part of the next round of Progressives Training and TA Programs .

Check out what be are saying ...
  • "Our program has completely transformed in the past year, with the help of CCAoNH. We have become Licensed Plus, completed the Credential Challenge and are currently participating in a Progressive on the NH Early Learning Standards."
  • "Very helpful with several staff for credentialing. Professional, knowledgeable and supportive TA."
  • "It was a great opportunity and I feel the training specialist was amazing. It made our staff feel great when they met their goals."

The above are anonymous quotes taken from the 2018 Provider Survey about our services.

Be a part of what everyone is talking about!
What's New on the Website!
We have made several changes to the website this month.
  • Under the Provider tab, we changed the title on the drop down menu from Emergency Planning to Health and Safety. The Health and Safety option will give you access to the following pages: Emergency Planning, Continuation of Operations Plan (COOP), Health and Safety Trainings, Health and Safety Resources, and First Aid/CPR
  • The COOP: Continuation of Operations Plan is new and that page has multiple new documents to help providers with their COOP Plans.
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
September's Monthly Registration Window!
Don't miss out on these great trainings! To register, click here or on the "E".

  • Thursday, 9/6/2018, A Sensory Rich Classroom: Fun That Really Engages and Meets NH ELS, 6:30-8:30 pm, Nashua
  • Thursday, 9/13/2018, Using Yoga to Create Harmony in Your Classroom, 6:30-8:30 pm, Claremont
  • Wednesday, 9/19/2018, Get Outside! OFTEN!, 6:30-8:30 pm, Lebanon
  • Tuesday, 10/2/2018, Sensory Systems That Work, 6:30-8:30 pm, Conway
  • Thursday, 10/4/2018, Body Language: What Does It Mean?, 6:30-8:30 pm, Lee
  • Tuesday, 10/9/2018, Get Outside! OFTEN!, 6:30-8:30 pm, Lancaster
  • Wednesday, 10/10/2018, Sensory Systems That Work, 6:30-8:30 pm, Derry
Caring for Our Children Conference in Nashua
Saturday, September 22, 2018

8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Nashua Community College
505 Amherst Street
Nashua, NH 03063

Click here on on the brochure for a printable copy and to see what we are offering!
Registration is through Eventbrite. To register click   here   or on the "E". 
Conference cost is $45 per person. 
Participants can receive up to 6 hours of professional development, including a welcome address and networking time.
Registration is online only and pre-registration is required. Registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. 
Family Child Care Training Institute
Reducing Your Risks and Managing Your Money
Saturday, October 6, 2018

8:30 am – 4:00 pm

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

$35 - Registration Fee includes training and lunch buffet

This event is specifically geared to Family Child Care Providers.
To register, click on
Click here or on the flyer for more details.
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!
2018 Fall NH Early Childhood Leadership Summit
Thursday, October 25, 2018
More details coming soon!

Training and TA Institute
Thursday, November 1, 2018

Caring for Our Children Conference ~ Conway
Saturday, November 3, 2018

Infant and Toddler Institute
Saturday, December 8, 2018
Be on the lookout for the flyers or brochures closer to the event dates.
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: .
September 2018 is National Preparedness Month!
 Connect with your local emergency services personnel (fire, police, etc.) for events happening in your area. 

Did you know we have an Emergency Operations Facebook Page? Here is the direct link to request to join: Please see the description below in your consideration to join:
Facebook Group Description: 
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
September is National Preparedness Month

Disasters Happen.
Prepare Now. Learn How .”

Click   here  for more information to share with families on how to prepare for a disaster .
Grandparent's Day is September 9, 2018.

Click  here  to get ideas about how to make grandparent's Day "Grand".

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).
Staff Qualification Determinations
Look at your current team… do you have assistants that you wish could be associate teachers? Do they have hours of experience? Have they taken even one class in early childhood, elementary education, child development, or some other field focused on children? Might they take more in the next calendar year? Depending on your answers, a current staff member may be allowed to be an associate on a working plan, or a waiver may be an option. Never hesitate to reach out and ask your licensing coordinator for help and support. The licensing coordinator will evaluate the information and let you know what options you have. 

Click here or on the button below to find out more.
Other Early Childhood News & Updates
Introducing the New and Enhanced QRIS!
Please join the Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration in person or online via Go to Webinar.
Thursday, September 13, 2018
6:30-8:00 pm 
NH DHHS/Brown Auditorium
129 Pleasant Street, Concord, NH 03301

Click here or on the flyer for more information.
Lead Safety

Is your school or child care center set up to combat childhood lead poisoning?
Children may become lead poisoned when they inhale lead dust or eat lead-contaminated paint chips, soil, food, or drink lead-contaminated water. Lead poisoning can cause lifelong impacts, including developmental impairment, learning disabilities, impaired hearing, reduced attention span, hyperactivity and behavioral problems.
In 2018, EPA Region 1 launched a geographic-based initiative in the Seacoast Area of New Hampshire and Maine to help reduce childhood lead exposure. EPA aims to reduce lead exposures through increased awareness of and improved compliance with the Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule issued under the authority of the Toxic Substances Control Act. EPA will also assess compliance with the federal Disclosure Rule where applicable and provide educational information about lead in drinking water. This EPA letter to New Hampshire schools and child care centers is intended to help reduce the risk of lead exposure in New Hampshire child care facilities.
NH Lead Bill SB247

On February 8, 2018, Governor Sununu signed Senate Bill 247 Prevention of Childhood Lead Poisoning. This law requires, among other actions, that all schools and licensed childcare facilities test lead in drinking water at all locations where water is available for consumption by children. The first round of testing is required to be completed by July 1, 2019.
To view the letter sent to all NH schools and licensed child care centers regarding the drinking water testing go to:
To review SB247 in its entirety, visit:
Questions may be directed to 603-271-2513 and
A Message from the NH Immunization Program

It’s hard to believe that September is upon us!

Do you know what immunizations are required by NH State Statute for a child to be enrolled in any NH licensed child care program? Visit the NHIP website where you will find the 2018-19 Childcare Immunization Requirements and links to the law/rules.

Are you ready for the 2018 Annual Childcare report, which will be available by mid-October and which is due every year on November 15? Visit the NHIP website for the NH Child Care Providers’ Guide to Immunizations and for an Immunization Tracking Tool to help you to keep track of each child’s vaccinations throughout the year. NHIP is working to make the report easier to use, but reviewing records now to be sure they are up to date will make the process easier in November.

Looking for fun and educational activities? Visit the NHIP webpage for posters and coloring books and a “What’s New” link. You can find the Child Care Providers page of the NH Department of Health and Human Services Immunization Program website at .

Thank you for all you do to make sure NH children and their families and communities are safe from vaccine preventable diseases. As always, if you have any immunization related questions, please contact us at 603-271-4482.

Have a happy and healthy school year!
From the staff at NHIP
Training Opportunity: Managing Behavior: Alternatives to Early Childhood Suspensions and Expulsions
Zaentz Professional Learning Academy is offering a program for early education program directors, coaches, and administrators:  Managing Behavior: Alternatives to Early Childhood Suspensions and Expulsions  on October 24 - 25, 2018.

This two-day, on-campus institute will be guided by Nonie Lesaux and Stephanie Jones, Harvard Graduate School of Education, faculty and co-directors of the Saul Zaentz Early Education Initiative. We are also excited to welcome Deborah Perry, Director of Research and Evaluation at the Center for Child and Human Development and Research Professor at Georgetown University; Mary Louise Hemmeter, Professor of Special Education at Vanderbilt University; Rosemarie Allen, Assistant Professor in the School of Education at Metropolitan State University of Denver, and Abby Morales, Coach and Program Director at the Boston Public Schools Department of Early Childhood Education.

Due to underwriting from the Zaentz Initiative, this professional learning opportunity is offered at $199, so please do share this information with colleagues across your region who may be interested in attending. In addition, those would like to register as a team of 7 or more will qualify for special discounted team pricing.
Back to School with the Sunbeatables Program

Patricia and her family understand what it's like to battle melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer. She didn't want any other families to go through what her family has been through, and decided to take action. Read more about Patricia's story and how she is getting children involved at an early age here .

As Labor Day approaches, kids will still be spending a lot of time outdoors in the sun throughout the coming months. As Patricia learned, sun protection is important all year long--Help children keep their skin protected by integrating sun safety into your classroom routine. Access Ray and the Sunbeatables® science experiments, art activities, songs and other lessons at ! For a limited time, you can order a free printed curriculum toolkit when you register (while supplies last!).
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  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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