Monthly Minutes
January 2017
A Message from Child Care Aware of NH
Happy New Year!

The New Year has arrived and is abounding with opportunities!  We hope that December brought you happy holidays and that 2017 will be a great year for you and the Early Childhood Community!

CCAoNH is excited about 2017!   We are working hard to bring engaging and informative professional development opportunities to NH.  Be on the lookout for more information about Special Events that are coming soon; such as:  The Caring for Our Children Conference in Keene, the NH Early Childhood Leadership Summit: Part 2 with Julie Barkus, a Saturday Special Training Day with Prudence Pease speaking about  Bridges out of Poverty:  Strategies for Professionals and Communities as well as A Caring for Our Children Conference in Portsmouth.

Don't forget submit your application for our Progressive Training and Technical Assistance Program.  This is a great opportunity to partner with a Training and TA Specialist to improve program quality through coaching, mentoring and professional development.  T he application is due by January 6th Look below for more details about this amazing opportunity!      

Happy New Year! May 2017 be a good one for you!
Review the Year with Us!

Click here or on the picture to see CCAoNH's compilation 
of 2016. It has been a great year. Thank you!
Our Latest News and Updates
CCAoNH Closing Dates 

CCAoNH will be closed Monday, January 2nd in observance of the New Year and on January 16th in observance of Martin Luther King Jr.   
Only SIX days left to get your applications in for the Progressive Training and TA Program!

This year, we have a total of five options for programs to choose from to receive intentional and meaningful Training and TA.  

The Progressive Training and Technical Assistance Program is an opportunity for your program to participate in focused and facilitated teambuilding that promotes professionalism and program quality.  

If this sounds like something your program might be interested in click here or on the flyer for more information.

Progressive Training & TA Program Fillable Application
  • This is an application that you can complete right on your computer and email back to CCAoNH.  
  • Click here for the fillable application.

Applications are due by January 6th.

Progressive Training & TA Printable and Mailable Application

  • This form can be printed and completed by hand, then mailed to CCAoNH at 88 Temple Street, Nashua, NH 03060.
  • Click here for the mailable application.
Annual Training Calendar!
Check out what trainings we are offering this month in our Annual Training Calendar  Click  here  or on the picture to view it.
Training Updates
There have been a few changes in the Annual Training Calendar.  Our e-newsletter will always have the most up to date changes for locations and times of trainings. Thank you for your understanding recognizing that some changes will arise due to trainer and host site needs and availability.  

Rescheduled Trainings:
  • Watch Me Grow, Ages and Stages, and Learn the Signs: Act Early:  Wednesday, 1/18/17, 6:30-8:30 pmLincoln - Woodstock CCC, 194 Pollard Street, Lincoln, 03251
  • CCB: Strengthening Families, Strengthening Care:  Wednesday, 1/25/17, 6:15-9:15 pm, Children Unlimited, 182 West Main Street, Conway, 03818
  • Working With Multi-Stressed Families:  Thursday, 1/26/17, 6:15-9:15 pm, Ark Learning Center. 410 West Main Street, Tilton, 03276
  • Assessing Your Rules of Engagement: Strengths Based Assessment with Families in Program and Classroom Environments: Tuesday, 2/21/17, 6:30-8:30 pmBearcamp Valley School, 27 Durrell Rd., Tamworth, 03886 (Originally Scheduled for 1/27/17)
  • Surviving Multi-Generational Staff and Creating Strong Work Teams: How Do I Work with Them?: Thursday, 1/26/17, 6:15-9:15 pmThe Ark Learning Center, 410 West Main St., Tilton, 03276 (Originally scheduled for 2/15/17)

 Trainings to be Rescheduled:

  • CCB: Developing Cultural Competency: Thursday, 1/26/17, 6:15-9:15 pm, In HIS Steps Learning Center, 67 Henry Bridge Road, Goffstown, 03045  
  • Trauma Informed Early Childhood Services: Saturday, 2/11/17, 9:00 am-1:00 pm, Hampstead Academy, 314 East Road, Hampstead, 03841

 Day of the Week Correction in Training Calendar:

  • CCB: Providing Inclusive Care: Tuesday, 1/31/17, 6:15-9:15 pmKidworks 37 Reservoir Road Meredith, 03253 (Training is on Tuesday NOT Thursday)
 "Caring for Our Children: Health, Safety, Nutrition and Wellness" Conference
Saturday, January 28, 2017
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Keene State College
229 Main Street
Keene, NH 03431

Click here for a copy of the conference brochure.

Register through Eventbrite by clicking here or on the "E" icon below.

The New Hampshire Early Childhood Leadership Summit: Manage, Motivate  & Retain Great Staff

Join us for Part II of our 3rd Annual NH Early Childhood Leadership Summit, a full day of training, reflection and follow-up.

Part II will continue the work from last fall in encouraging leadership and strengthening your relationships with other early childhood educators.  Refresh and restore the focus on your real struggles with issues like staffing, morale and teacher qualifications. Spend the day with internationally-known Child Care Business Success Mentor, speaker and author, Julie Bartkus, for the day and discover how to inspire your staff to set and achieve new goals.

March 9, 2017, 8:30 am-4:00 pm

Puritan Conference & Event Center

245 Hooksett Rd, Manchester, NH 03104

Bridges out of Poverty:

Strategies for Professionals and Communities

Join us for an informative training session for early childhood professionals and other early childhood stakeholders on working with vulnerable populations.

Saturday Special Training Day

March 11, 2017, 8:30 am-4:00 pm

Location TBD, Manchester

Caring for Our Children:

Health, Safety, and Nutrition Conference

March 25, 2017

Great Bay Community College, Portsmouth

Register for trainings with no cost on the NH Professional Registry by clicking the button above.  
Register for trainings with a cost through Eventbrite by clicking on the button above.
December Directors' & Leadership Collaboratives
Child Care Aware of NH offers 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 and to provide program leaders with Child Care Aware of NH program updates, essential local and state information, along with professional development opportunities. Registration can be completed online through the NH Professional Registry. The registration window does not need to be open for registration to begin. Information on topics and trainings being covered varies based on group interests. Please see the below dates, times and location to find a meeting near you

1st Week of the Month

  • Tuesday, January 3rd, Manchester, 9:30-11:30 am, Granite State College, 195 McGregor Street, 03102

  • Tuesday, January 3rd, Nashua, 6:30-8:30 pm, CCAoNH, 88 Temple Street, 03060.  

  • Wednesday, January 4th, Concord, 9:30-11:30 am, Granite State College, 25 Hall Street, 03301.

  • Thursday, January 5th, Peterborough, 6:30-8:30 pm, Monadnock Community Hospital452 Old Street Road,  03458. 

      2nd Week of the Month

  • Wednesday, January 11th, Derry, 9:30-11:30 am, Marion Gerrish Community Center, 39 West Broadway, 03038.
Click here or on the NH Professional Registry icon to sign-up for a collaborative near you .

3rd Week of the Month    
  • Tuesday, January 17th, Laconia, 9:30-11:30 am, Lakes Region Community Services, 719 North Main Street, 03246.

  • Wednesday, January 18th, Rochester, 9:30-11:30 am, Granite State College, 35 Industrial Way, 03887.   

  • Thursday, January 19th, Nashua, 9:30-11:30 am, Nashua Community College, Room 223, 505 Amherst Street, 03063.

  • Thursday, January 19th,  Claremont, 6:30-8:30 pm, River Valley Community College, 1 College Place, 03743.

        4th Week of the Month
  • Tuesday, January 24th, Exeter, 9:30-11:30 am, Christ Church, 43 Pine Street, 03883. *Please note ONE TIME ONLY date change due to holiday*

  • Tuesday, January 24th, Lancaster1:30-3:30 pm, Passumpsic Bank, 117 Main Street, 03584.
  • Thursday, January 26th, Tamworth, 6:30-8:30 pm, TriCAP Building448 White Mountain Hwy, 03886. 
CCLU Rule Revision Sessions

Register for a Child Care Aware of NH Directors' or  Leadership Collaborative near you to hear about:
  • Where CCLU is in the revision process
  • How you can become involved
  • Ask your questions
  • Tell CCLU your concerns

Due to space limitations, please register and attend one information session; so that, others can obtain the information provided.  

Please see below for CCLU Rule Revision Session near you. 

Central Region

  • Laconia Directors' Collaborative, Tuesday, January 17, 9:30 - 11:30 am, Lakes Region Community Services, 719 North Main Street, Laconia

Eastern Region

  • Rochester Directors' Collaborative, Wednesday, January 18, 9:30 - 11:30 am, Granite State College, 35 Industrial Way, Rochester 

Northern Region

  • Lancaster Directors' Collaborative, Tuesday, January 24, 1:30 - 3:30 pm, Passumpsic Bank, 117 Main Street, Lancaster 

Western Region

  • Peterborough Leadership Collaborative, Thursday, January 56:30 - 8:30 pm, Monadnock Community Hospital, 452 Old Street Road, Peterborough
  • Claremont Leadership Collaborative, ThursdayJanuary 196:30 - 8:30 pm, River Valley Community College, 1 College Drive, Claremont
  • The session will be offered twice at the Keene "Caring for Our Children: Health, Safety, Nutrition and Wellness" Conference
Training Registration Polices

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

Please click  here  or on the button above for a complete list of Child Care Aware of NH Training Registration Policies which can be found in the Annual Training
Calendar on pages 2-4 .
Child Care Aware Training  Academy
Looking for even more professional development opportunities?
Check out Child Care Aware Training Academy.  Click here or on the picture to the left for more details. 
Resources to Share with Families
Vroom Tip Card Activity

Get more Vroom tips at

January is National Bath Safety Month

Here are four Safety tips to share with parents about bath safety.

1. 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.

2. 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. 

3. 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.

4. 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.

Written by: Nicole Falcone. She is a health and fitness writer from Huntington, NY.

Other Early Childhood News & Updates
Please click  here  for a printable copy of the Save the Date.
Quality Investment Initiative

Congratulations to
Crossroads Children's Center in Dover!
They are the first program to be awarded the designation of Licensed Plus through their work with  The Quality Investment Initiate.  

Don't miss out on being a part of this great program. The FINAL Information Sessions about the Quality Investment Initiative are:  
  • Thursday, January 12, 2017, 1:30 to 2:30 pm, Granite State College, Conference Room B, 25 Hall Street, Concord
  • Thursday, January 12, 2017, 6:30- 7:30 pm, Granite State College, Conference Room B, 25 Hall Street, Concord 
Click  here  or on the flyer for more details.

FREE Immunization Resource for You and Your Families

The free booklet, The Parents' Guide to Childhood Immunizations, helps parents and caregivers learn about the role vaccines play in helping keep children healthy. The color booklet includes a glossary and list of resources and is illustrated with children’s artwork. Order 1-50 copies at no charge from the CDC, using the following instructions:

1. Open the link:

2. Under “All Programs,” select “Immunization and Vaccines (Schedules and Booklets).”

3. Click “go”.

4. Find “Parents Guide to Childhood Immunizations,” Pub ID 221179.

5. Indicate number of booklets needed (limit: 50) and click “Add to Cart.”

6. When ready, click “Check Out” under “Cart” near top right of the page.

7. Complete the order form and click “Submit Order.” Orders require 2-4 weeks for delivery; rush orders are not available.

You may prefer downloading a PDF version of the booklet instead of (or in addition to) ordering.

For information in New Hampshire about vaccines, vaccine preventable diseases, and resources for all ages, please contact the NH immunization Program at 603-271-4482. Visit their website at:
Resources for Providers

Safe Sleep Resources:
Employment Opportunities
Job opportunities are included as a courtesy to programs requesting that information be shared and disseminated. Please note that Child Care Aware of NH will disseminate this information once through the next available e-newsletter depending upon the date sent. Submissions must be email ready and should be sent to Submissions received by the 7th of the month will be placed in the "At-A-Glance" e-newsletter and submissions received by the 25th of the month will be placed in the "Monthly Minutes" e-newsletter.
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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