January 2019 Monthly Minutes
A Message from Child Care Aware of NH
Hello Providers,

Happy New Year! We hope that everyone had a happy and safe holiday season. This past month, Southern New Hampshire Services, Child Care Aware of New Hampshire, has been busy at work.
Child Care Resource and Referral Outreach Specialists have spent the month of December providing referrals to families, visiting District Offices, working with Workplace Success, doing community outreach and inputting data from the Condensed Provider Updates into our database. As January progresses, the Outreach Specialists will continue to work with communities and families to spread the word about our services and to help families find child care.

Our Training and TA Specialists are busy supporting providers through technical assistance, trainings, Leadership Collaboratives, the Progressive Training and TA Program and Cohort groups. Currently, we are notifying programs that were selected to participate in a new Cohort, Exploring Strengthening Families. In addition, Training and TA Specialists are working with providers who wish to be a part of the 2018-2019 Credentialing Challenge.

This month, we are hosting the Caring for Our Children Conference in Keene on Saturday, January 26, 2019. On February 9, 2019 the second session of A ctive C ollaborative T raining (A.C.T.) Series will be held. Look below for more details about these events.

We would like to take this opportunity 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
CCAoNH Will Be Closed

Southern New Hampshire Services, Child Care Aware of NH, will be closed on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 in observance of the New Year and Monday, January 17, 2019 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr's Birthday.
The 2018-2019 Credentialing Challenge
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 both the individual flyer and the team flyer are part of the same document.
What's New on the Website!
Recently, we added a tab on our website called Prevention of Expulsion. The tab will link you directly to PTANs website with information about what expulsion and suspension are, what is required in the Child Care Licensing Regulations and where you can find resources to support the development and implementation of expulsion prevention policy.

The Prevention of Expulsion tab can be found in the Provider Tab under Policies and Practices. Check it out.
Putting Training into Action
Barrington Village Enrichment Center recently created a credential wall to highlight the accomplishments of their teachers after they found out that many of their families didn't know about teacher qualifications.
While working in the Progressive Training and TA Program for Early Learning Standards, Tricia Mulkern from Little Apples Day Care and Learning Center, labeled her room and student work displays with NH Early Learning Standards.
Have you or someone you work with been inspired by a training? Have you implemented an idea, thought or concept you learned in a professional development opportunity? If you answered yes, share your stories with us. We would love to hear how CCAoNH trainings and TA have inspired your work. Send your story to outreach2ccrr@snhs.org and we will share your anecdote in our new Monthly Minute section, Putting Training Into Action.
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
January's Monthly Registration Window
Don't miss out on these great trainings! To register, click here or on the "E".

  • Tuesday, January 15, 2019, A Sensory Rich Classroom: Fun that Engages and Incorporates the NH Early Learning Standards, 6:30-8:30 pm, Bedford
  • Tuesday, February 5, 2019, Sensory Systems That Work, 6:30-8:30 pm, Manchester
Caring for Our Children Conference in Keene
Saturday, January 26, 2019

8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Keene State College
Redfern Arts Center
90 Wyman Way
Keene, NH 03435

Click here or on the brochure for more details.

To register, click on http://snhsccrr.eventbrite.com
Save the Date for the Next Installment of the
A ctive  C ollaborative  T raining (A.C.T.) Series

Saturday, February 9, 2019
More details will be available soon!
Save the Date Spring 2019 NH
Early Childhood Leadership Summit

Thursday, March 14, 2019
More details will be available soon!
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. (There are no current webinars this training window.)
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 .
January 2019 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 Center's 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 Book Month

Share with families that January is National book month. Click here for a list of NH Public Libraries.
eWIC Is Coming to NH!
All State WIC (Women, Infants and Children) Programs are required by the US Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Services to start planning for EBT, or electronic benefits transfer system, by 2020. In New Hampshire, the planning is underway including presentations on EBT or eWIC for families, clinic staff/local agencies, and vendors.

Our agency, Southern New Hampshire Services, has announced that the eWIC program is now available through its WIC clinic locations in Hillsborough and Rockingham Counties. Click here for more details.
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).
Effective January 1, the Federal Bureau of Investigations has increased their fee for processing the fingerprint background check. Therefore, the total fee will now be $20.75. The form on the CCLU website will be updated to reflect the new fee, please make sure to go to the website to obtain the revised form (Criminal History Record Information Authorization – CCLU 1-A):  https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/oos/cclu/fingerprinting.htm
On December 18, 2018, the Child Care Licensing Unit sent an email out to all licensed family programs and centers using the email CCLU has in their database with the following important message:

Dear Licensed Family/Center Based Child Care Program:

Starting Monday, January 14, 2019, all background check information will be submitted as one package to the Child Care Licensing Unit.  

Click below to see the full message.
Other Early Childhood News & Updates
Using Data to Improve Quality: A Bootcamp for Early Education Leaders
Learn about using data to drive sustainable quality improvement in early education systems, settings, and classrooms.
Friday, March 29, 2019
Click here for more details about this opportunity.
Hot Topic Webinars and New Communities of Practice
 
The Office of Child Care and Child Care State Capacity Building Center (SCBC) and the Infant/Toddler Specialist Network (ITSN) are pleased to announce the next series of Infant/Toddler Hot Topic Webinars and three new Infant/Toddler Communities of Practice (CoP) for I/T professionals.
 
For more information on the Infant/Toddler Hot Topic Webinars or Infant/Toddler Communities of Practice contact   Chandra Curtis at chandra.curtis@icf.com .
 
Hot Topic Webinars
These webinars are designed to raise awareness about important topics; provide relevant resources; and inspire continued conversation, topic exploration, and further action toward increasing the supply and quality of I/T care.

Exploring Relationship-Based Professional Learning Approaches That Support Quality Infant/Toddler Care
 Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 1:00 – 2:30 pm (Eastern Time)
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.

Infant and Toddler Specialist
  • Facilitates training opportunities.
  • Provides targeted technical assistance (coaching and mentoring) to early childhood professionals specific to Infants and Toddlers.
  • Provides support services and consumer education for families in selecting child care.
  • Statewide position based out of Nashua or Concord.

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


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