June 2020 Monthly Minutes
A Message from Child Care Aware of NH
Hello Providers,

June is here and with it comes some big changes as NH begins to slowly open up in the midst of COVID-19. Child Care Aware of NH powered by Southern New Hampshire Services has reshaped many of our services to virtual as we continue to support the field in their professional development needs.

Child Care Resource and Referral Outreach Specialists have spent much of the last month maintaining and updating our database with programs that are opened, closed, reopening and the number of vacancies available. In light of this, we created two emergency child care lines for programs to call and keep us abreast of their status: (603) 578-1386, ext. 2528 and ext. 2533 or toll free (855)-393-1731, ext. 2528 and ext. 2533. In addition, they continue to support families across the State by offering child care referrals and consumer education.

Training and TA Specialists have been busy as we offer virtual professional development opportunities. We have hosted many online trainings and Collaboratives. In May, we added a new Early Childhood Leadership Collaborative: Promoting the Pyramid Model in Early Childhood Settings. For more information on this Collaborative and all of our professional development opportunities, check out the Training Opportunities and Upcoming Events section below.

Child Care Aware of NH has tried to stay abreast of all the new information that has come out and disseminate to you as quickly as possible. To that end, we have expanded our website to include a COVID-19 section, added a Live Chat feature to our website, created the Alternative Child Care Options: Child Care Match, increased our social media presence and added a new closed Facebook group. See below for more information. In order to help promote our services for families, we have created the Child Care Search Magnet to help businesses support their employees through the use of CCAoNH services in finding child care.

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. 
CCAoNH Updates
New Phone System: Phone Extension Changes
Child Care Aware of New Hampshire had a new phone system installed in our Main Office. As a result, our extensions have been adjusted.

Phone Extensions for the Main Office:
  • Training and Technical Assistance Line:
  • (603) 587-1386, ext. 2532 or toll free (855)-393-1731, ext. 2532
  • Child Care Resource and Referral Line:
  • (603) 578-1386, ext. 2531 or toll free (855)-393-1731, ext. 2531
  • Emergency Child Care Lines:
  • (603) 578-1386, ext. 2528 or toll free (855)-393-1731, ext. 2528
  • (603) 578-1386, ext. 2533 or toll free (855)-393-1731, ext. 2533
  • Program Manager Line:
  • (603) 578-1386, ext. 2530 or toll free (855)-393-1731, ext. 2530

Feel free to also contact us via email:
Calling Directors and Administrators
Last month, CCAoNH created a new Facebook group: Business Management Practices for Center Directors and Administrators
To provide a forum for Center Directors and Administration, this group will be limited to those in these roles.
Please note, that to join this or any group an individual must complete the three questions asked. In addition, for this particular group, individuals must have a completed employment section in the NH Professional Registry. We use this to ensure that the group stays limited to Directors and Administrators, as requested by the field. If you have not been approved within two (2) business days check your Facebook private messages. Thank you!
What Is New on the Website
If you visit our website between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm Monday through Friday, you will be able to chat with a CCAoNH staff member. We can help answer questions about our services or direct you to information and resources for the questions you may have. Make sure to check it out!
We have also created a new page on the website, Recovery & Stabilization page. Check it out for links to the Revised Child Care Guidance and Child Care Recovery and Stabilization Program (CCRSP). As more resources and materials become available around this topic, we will continue to update the page.
Child Care Search Magnet
The Child Care Search Magnet is a resource that businesses and organizations can use to support their employees in finding child care including hospitals, grocery stores and other essential employers.

By adding the Child Care Search Magnet to a businesses human resource materials, they will be linking their employees to Child Care Aware of NH's website. In response, Child Care Aware of NH will be able to provide their employees with FREE and confidential child care referrals that are tailored to fit a family’s individual needs. Additionally, we will provide families with consumer education to assist them in choosing a quality child care program.

Please check out our flyers below and distribute as appropriate.
Child Care Search Magnet Flyer During COVID-19
Child Care Search Magnet Flyer
Alternative Child Care Options: Child Care Match
Are you looking to work during COVID-19?
Get your name on our list of individuals offering to provide child care during COVID-19 emergency. Go to Individuals Offering to Provide Child Care During COVID-19 Emergency to get started.

Are you looking for staff?
Check out the  Individuals Available to Provide Child Care During COVID-19 Emergency  page on our website. This list consists of individuals who want to help during COVID-19, whether they work in the field or not.

Click here to visit our Alternative Child Care Options: Child Care Match page.
Training Opportunities and Upcoming Events
Online CCAoNH Collaboratives
CCAoNH is excited to be hosting online Collaboratives during June. Check out the flyer for more details.
CCAoNH is proud to offer a NEW Collaborative. This Collaborative focuses on Promoting the Pyramid Model in Early Childhood Settings. Click here on on the flyer for more details.
CCAoNH Online Professional Development in June
Due to COVID-19, CCAoNH has reshaped our professional development opportunities and revised our offering to be virtual.

Check out what CCAoNH is offering in June by clicking here or on the flyer.

You can register for any of the trainings now through the NH Professional Registry.
CCAoNH Online Registration Process
CCAoNH has enacted several measures to our online Zoom trainings to ensure that any potential hacking is minimized.


  1. You must register for Online Zoom calls through the NH Professional Registry.
  2. The day of the online Zoom training, you will receive an email with the Zoom URL and Meeting ID code at 10:00 am, 1 hour before the training.
  3. You will need to use the information sent to you to log into the Zoom call.
  4. In order to help keep these online Zoom training secure, please do not post the meeting URL on social media or forward the email to other providers. Everyone who is registered will receive an email and pre-registration is required.

Thank you for you assistance!
Register for trainings with no cost on the NH Professional Registry by clicking on the "R" icon.
COVID-19 Updates
Monthly Health and Safety Topics
Emergency planning happens year round. The National Safety Council has a list of themes and events:  https://www.nsc.org/events/safety-observance-calendar .
June Is National Safety Month 

  "Now, more than ever, safety is crucial both inside and outside the workplace, which is why the National Safety Council will still be recognizing National Safety Month® in June. Observed annually by NSC, the nation’s leading nonprofit safety advocate, National Safety Month focuses on saving lives and preventing injuries, from the workplace to anyplace." Taken from the National Safety Council website. Click  here  or below to visit the site and request resources. National Safety Council
Resources to Share with Families
June is National Zoo & Aquarium Month

In light of COVID-19, many zoos and aqauriums have adapted to have Live Cams availabable for people to watch. Check out the list below from Good Housekeeping .

  • The Cincinnati Zoo: Check in around 3 pm, because that's the time the Zoo holds a daily Home Safari on its Facebook Live Feed.
  • Atlanta Zoo: The Georgia zoo keeps a "Panda Cam" livestream on its website.
  • Georgia Aquarium: Sea-dwellers like African penguins and Beluga Whales are the stars of this aquarium's live cam.
  • Houston Zoo: There are plenty of different animals you can check in on with this zoo's live cam, but we highly recommend watching the playful elephants.
  • The Shedd Aquarium: This Chicago aquarium shares some pretty adorable behind-the-scenes footage of their residents on Facebook.
  • San Diego Zoo: With what may be the most live cam options, this zoo lets you switch between koalas, polar bears, and tigers in one sitting.
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium: It can be Shark Week every week thanks to live online footage of Monterey Bay's Habitat exhibit.
  • National Aquarium: Walk through tropical waters to the icy tundra in this floor-by-floor tour of the famous, Baltimore-based aquarium.
Zero to Three: The Daddy Factor!

With Father's Day around the corner, check out these resources for Dads from Zero to Three.
"Dads matter—a lot. The relationship between father and child has a deep impact on all aspects of children’s healthy functioning—their language, thinking, physical, and social–emotional development." Zero to Three
Other Early Childhood News & Updates
UNH Professional Development and Training

Free 30-minute Webinar - "Empowering Educators Coping with Stress" by Educational Consultant Hannah Mariotti and School Psychologist Sarah Wagner

According to research nearly half of teachers experience high daily stress.
How do we cultivate positivity, especially in challenging times? Learn to uphold an optimistic nature and renew your passion for teaching with research-based effective and simple steps that can be applied both in and out of the classroom.
This  new webinar  is based on UNH PD&T’s full-day workshop “Empowering Educators Coping with Stress.”
New Webinar Series!
Leadership for Change: Collaborative Conversations

Join early childhood experts Cassandra O'Neill, Monica Brinkerhoff, and Fiona Stewart in this new webinar series on leadership in times of uncertainty. These sessions will be an opportunity for collaborative conversations, to ask questions of our experts, and learn from and energize each other.

Register today for the whole series. Each session will be 30-minutes, and you can submit your questions about leadership during COVID-19 ahead of time to  e-marketing@RedleafPress.org .
Child Care Aware of New Hampshire 
Contact Information
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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 2528
Child Care Aware of NH Outreach Offices:
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Child Care Aware of NH Training & TA/Help Line:
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