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

Child Care Aware of NH powered by Southern New Hampshire Services would like thank all of you. Through our website, social media, phone calls and emails we have received very kind words and thoughts from the field, as we try to support you through COVID-19. In these trying times, we strive to be a resource you can rely on. We know that many of you have struggled with challenging and tough decisions this past month, and we respect and applaud you as a field for coming together.

We have been charged with collecting information on the pulse of early childhood and afterschool programs. We are looking for the status of programs being opened, closed, reopening and the number of vacancies available. To that end, we have called every child care program in NH to gather information for the Preliminary Needs Assessment form. We then sent out the COVID-19 Early Childhood and Afterschool Urgent Needs Survey. To help support the field we created two emergency child care lines, created a COVID-19 section on our website including the Alternate Child Care Options: Child Care Match.

Due to social distancing, we had to reorganize how we are offering professional development. We recently hosted two Online Introduction to COOP trainings and have more online trainings coming in April. We revised how we offer our Collaboratives as well, we are now offering three Online CCAoNH Collaboratives each week. Two are Online Early Childhood Leadership Collaboratives and one is a Family Child Care Networking Collaborative. Please see below for more details about these new opportunities.

We are still collecting our Annual Provider Information Updates. If you have not had the opportunity to complete these, there is more information below.

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
CCAoNH Will Have Expanded Hours
In an effort to support families and providers, CCAoNH will have expanded hours for the rest of this week, Wednesday, April 1, 2020 to Friday, April 3, 2020.

CCAoNH staff will be responding to phones until 8:00 pm. When you call (603) 578-1386 or toll free (855) 393-1731, please leave a message on the appropriate phone extension and someone will return your call within a half hour.

CCAoNH Phone Line Extensions:
  • Child Care Referral Line: (603) 578-1386, ext. 31 or (855) 393-1731, ext. 31
  • Emergency Child Care Lines:
  • (603) 578-1386, ext. 33 or (855) 393-1731, ext. 33
  • (603) 578-1386, ext. 28 or (855) 393-1731, ext. 28
  • Training and Technical Assistance Line: (603) 578-1386, ext. 32 or (855) 393-1731, ext. 32
2020 Provider Information Update
If you had not had a chance to complete the 2020 Annual Provider Update Form, we would greatly appreciate it if you would take a moment to complete it. Below are links to the Annual Provider Letter, Raffle and Update Forms. 
We Have a Winner
The winner of the customized workshop for the 2020 Provider Information Update Raffle is Judith Patriquin of Manchester Child Development Center!

Congratulations Judith!
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 and 15 minutes 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!
Correct Email Addresses
During social distancing where almost everything is being done remotely, it is imperative that you have an accurate email in your NH Professional Registry account. The email address that is in your account is what we will use to send you Zoom links to get into trainings, webinars and Collaboratives that CCAoNH is hosting. Please go into your NH Professional Registry account and double check that your contact information is accurate. Thank you!
What Is New on the Website
Training Opportunities and Upcoming Events
Online CCAoNH Collaboratives
Child Care Aware of NH powered by Southern New Hampshire Services is excited to be hosting online Collaboratives starting March 31 st to May 4 th, 2020. Every week, CCAoNH will host two (2) Early Childhood Leadership Collaboratives and one (1) Family Child Care Networking Collaborative.

Although we understand that these are different than our typical Collaboratives, we hope that this will be a great way to get information out to you and offer a venue for you to collaborate with your peers. These meetings are group-driven to reflect the participant’s needs and interests and to provide Child Care Aware of NH program updates, essential local and state information and professional development opportunities.
Click here for a printable copy.
CCAoNH Upcoming
Child Care Aware of NH will be offering several trainings online via Zoom.

What Do You Mean There’s Still Laundry? Self-Care in Uncertain Times
  • Wednesday, April 8, 2020 5:00-7:00 PM
  • Tuesday, April 14, 2020 1:00-3:00 PM

Be the Strategy: Providing Comfort, Support and Protection to Our Children in Emergencies
  • Wednesday, April 15, 2020 5:00-7:00 PM
  • Tuesday, April 21, 2020 1:00-3:00 PM

Click here or on the flyer for more information.
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
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.
COVID-19 Updates
Apply to be An Emergency Child Care Program

Dear Child Care Colleague;
Child care is essential to the workforce, as such we have established the  Emergency Child Care Program  through the DHHS Child Care Licensing Unit and the Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration along with our partners.
 
To assist you in continuing to provide child care in accordance with the Governor’s Emergency Order #17 pursuant to Executive Order 2020-04, we have created the attached documents which include an application to the Emergency Child Care Program, DHHS’s Health and Safety for Child Care Guidelines, FAQs clarifying the new Stay-at-Home orders and how they impact child care providers.
 
Please take some time to review the attached documents and consider submitting your Emergency Child Care Program application, as soon as possible, to assist you in continuing to support families that are in need of care.
 
The application will should take no more than 10 to 15 minutes to complete and will help us match you with your needs for resources and employers in your area.
 
If you have any questions,  please email the Bureau of Child Development and Head Collaboration at  ECCP@dhhs.nh.gov .
 
Again, thank you for all that you do to support Granite State children and families.
 
DHHS Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration
DHHS Child Care Licensing Unit

Tracking Costs & Lost Revenue

 The two buttons below offer information that is intended to provide guidance on tracking extraordinary costs and lost revenue in early childhood programs due to the Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. 
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 .
  April 2020 Has Many Monthly Observances! 
 
During April, participate in several different nutrition, health and safety awareness topics. Click on the links below to visit a variety of health and safety topics! # NationalSafetyCouncil 
 
Distracted Driving Awareness Month:
 National Youth Sports Safety Month:
April 1-National Walking Day:
April 6-12-National Public Health Week:
April 7-World Health Day:
April 27-May 1-National Playground Safety Week:
Resources to Share with Families
Parent & Caregiver Guide to COVID-19

The New Hampshire Children's Trust has developed a resource guide in response to the growing need for information and resources regarding COVID-19 in our State. 
They have included information concerning the virus, how it spreads, and what families can do to protect themselves, as well as resources and activities to support parents and caregivers as our state navigates CDC guidelines to help mitigate the spread of the virus.
Sesame Street in Communities Health Emergencies
A health emergency brings many changes and uncertainty for young children and families. But there are things we can do to face each day with optimism. Check out the site https://sesamestreetincommunities.org/topics/health-emergencies/ for activities, videos, printables and resources you can share with your families.
April is Lawn and Garden Month

Check out the website below to see how gardening can be made fun with your children and 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).
Please see back next month for a CCLU message.
Territory List
Other Early Childhood News & Updates
FREE Webinar
At a Time of Crisis: The Best of Us to the Front!

A conversational webinar with Luis Hernandez, M.A. and Connie Jo Smith, Ed.D.
A Collaboration of TTAS/ Western Kentucky University & Region 9 HSA

Join us for this informal conversation on how to recognize and expand our courageous qualities. Each of us will individually respond to a crisis situation with untapped confidence and personal leadership. Being pro-active at this time requires us to focus on those things one can control. It calls on us, regardless of our own personalities, to maintain meaningful connections with all those around us. Most importantly, taking care of the self during turbulent times is paramount. Lastly, ideas on how to stay relatively sane by going outside our comfort zones and outside ourselves. Looking forward to our time together!

Wednesday, April 1, 2020
1:00 pm ET, 12:00 pm CT, 11:00 am MT, 10:00 am PT

Registration link
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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