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

Goodbye 2019, hello 2020! December has flown by and now we are welcoming in the New Year. Child Care Aware of NH powered by Southern New Hampshire Services hopes you had a great holiday season with your loved ones and hopes that 2020 brings you peace and happiness.

Every year, Child Care Aware of NH releases a End of Year video. This year is no exception. See below for our Looking Back at 2019 video. It is a reflection of the work and relationships we built throughout 2019. Enjoy the show!

Child Care Resource and Referral Outreach Specialists as always are hard at work helping families find child care in NH. This past month, Outreach Specialists attended the NH Mama and Baby Expo. This is a great event to introduce ourselves to new families that may need care.

The Training and TA Specialists are busy at work engaging with providers. They are working with multiple programs doing the Progressive Training and TA Program, running an Emergency Operations in Child Care Cohort, hosting Early Childhood Leadership Collaboratives and facilitating trainings. In addition, they are getting ready for our January and February events. On Saturday, January 25, 2020 we are hosting the Caring for Our Children Conference in Keene. In February, we will be holding the second part of our A.C.T. Training Series. See below for more details.

Are you looking to get Credentialed? Now is the time! Child Care Aware of NH and the Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration have joined forces, once again, to bring you this year's Challenge. Individuals or Programs can sign up to be a part of the Challenge and have their Credential paid for by Child Care Aware of NH. See below for more details.

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. 
Our Latest News and Updates
Looking Back at 2019
Southern New Hampshire Services
Will Be Closed
Child Care Aware of NH powered by Southern New Hampshire Services will be closed today, January 1, 2020 in observance of New Year's Day. We will resume normal business hours on Thursday, January 2, 2020.

We wish you and your loved ones a happy New Year!
Early Childhood Credential Challenge
Child Care Aware of New Hampshire (CCAoNH) and the Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration (BCDHSC) announce this year’s Early Childhood Credential Challenge.

The Challenge begins December 1, 2019 and ends March 1, 2020.
Click on the flyers and buttons below for more information.
Training Opportunities and Upcoming Events
2019-2020 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 2019 - June 2020.

“Be Brave, Dare Greatly, Rise Strong!”
-Brene Brown

Click  here or on the cover to view the 2019-2020 Annual Training Calendar.
Caring for Our Children Conference in Keene
Keynote Address
No Small Matter: Film Screening and Discussion

Saturday, January 25, 2020

$45 - Registration Fee
$5 for a bagged lunch(Must order boxed lunch at time of registration.)

Click  here   or on the brochure for more details
Active Collaborative Training (A.C.T.) Series
Flyer coming soon!
Caring for Newborns with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

Saturday, February 8, 2020

9:00 to 11:30 am
New Hampshire Technical Institute:
Concord’s Community College
31 College Drive
Grappone Auditorium
Concord, NH 03301
Early Childhood Leadership Collaboratives
Child Care Aware of NH offers Early Childhood 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 Early Childhood Leadership Collaborative through the NH Professional Registry .
Click   here   to print our Early Childhood Leadership Collaborative Information Sheet to help you remember when and where our 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.
  • 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
  • PAID” training registrations are NOW transferable for events with a fee. A minimum of five (5) business days notice is required.
For a complete list of our training and registration policies, please see pages 5-8 in the 2019-2020 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. The National Safety Council has a list of themes and events:  https://www.nsc.org/events/safety-observance-calendar .
January 2020 is National Radon Action Month! 

During January, participate in "living green". According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a big part of "living green" is breathing clean, healthy indoor air.

Below are videos and resources for important safety information:

During January, we also experience winter weather. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, winter storms and cold temperatures can be dangerous. Stay safe and healthy by planning ahead; prepare your homes and cars; prepare for power outages and outdoor activity. Check in on older adults.

Below are resources for important safety information during winter storms and cold temperatures:
Resources to Share with Families
January is National Bath Safety Month
Here are some tips to keep little ones safe during their bath time.

"Stay with your child.  The  American Academy of Pediatrics  recommends that children four and under always have a parent or caregiver present when they are near water, including the tub. Accidents can happen in an instant.

Prevent slips.  Young children do not have the coordination or strength to hold steady if they lose their balance. Affix a slip-resistant plastic mat that suctions to the bottom of the tub and make sure the throw rug outside the tub does not slide when stepped on. Consider installing a grab bar for kids to hold onto when stepping in and out of the bath.

Test the temperature.  Always wait until the tub is finished filling up before placing your child in the water, as the temperature can change. Set your home's water heater to deliver water no hotter than 120 degrees to lower the risk of scalding. If you don't have control over the heater, buy an anti-scald device that attaches to the faucet.

Beware of sharp edges.  Use a rubber cover for the faucet head and drape a towel over metal rails for shower doors when your child is in the bath. Make sure any glass shower doors are made of shatterproof glass. Avoid bath toys with hard edges or points that could be hazardous if your child falls onto them."

Sources:  Gary Smith, M.D., director of the  Center for Injury Research and Policy  at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, OH. Taken from Scholastic.com Parents .
National Fresh Squeezed Juice Week
Seven Days Beginning the Third Sunday in January
Share some fun healthy juice recipes from the Food Network.com with families.
January 5 th is National Bird Day
Check out this Gallery and Guide to NH Birds put out by the Appalachian Mountain Club, NH Chapter. Share with families and see what birds are in their neighborhoods.
January 13 th is National Sticker Day
Share the day with families and some fun creative ways to do art
at home with stickers.
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 would like share with you some of the results and insights from the audit by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (OIG), regarding compliance with background checks for individuals in licensed child care programs. 
Territory List
Other Early Childhood News & Updates
The Annual Celebration of Early Childhood Professionals
Wednesday, April 15, 2020
The Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration invites you to save the date for the Annual Celebration of Early Childhood Professionals!
Wednesday, April 15, 2020.
Common Cold and Influenza

After the gifts and merriment of the holidays, other gifts that keep on giving are the Common Cold and Influenza.

Check out the link to find out:
  • When is it a cold and when is it influenza
  • Spread prevention
  • Additional ways to prevent the spread of these diseases
Take a Survey
This survey is being conducted on behalf of the New Hampshire Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services and was designed to gather input from New Hampshire residents between the ages of 18 and 30.  
Child Care Aware of New Hampshire 
Contact Information
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Thank you,
Child Care Aware of NH Team

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