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

We hope that everyone is keeping warm and dry during the winter weather. At Southern New Hampshire Services, Child Care Aware of New Hampshire, we are excited about March and our upcoming events.
Child Care Resource and Referral Outreach Specialists have spent the month of February providing referrals to families, visiting District Offices, working with Workplace Success, and doing community outreach. Our Outreach Specialists are getting ready to send out the Provider Information Update. The Provider Information Update is a major update we do to our database every spring. Keeping our database up-to-date with your program's current information helps us give the most accurate referrals to families seeking child care. Please keep an eye out the update is coming in March!

Our Training and TA Specialists are busy supporting providers through technical assistance, trainings, Leadership Collaboratives, the Progressive Training and TA Program and Cohort groups. Last month, we hosted the A ctive C ollaborative T raining (A.C.T.) Series. This month, we are looking forward to the Spring NH Early Childhood Leadership Summit on Thursday, March 14, 2019. On April 6, 2019, we are hosting the Caring for Our Children Conference in Portsmouth. See 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
The Website Is Being Redesigned!
Southern New Hampshire Services, Child Care Aware of NH is currently redesigning the CCAoNH website. Our site is the Consumer Education Website for the State of NH. With that in mind, the redesign for the new site will be make it 508 compliant which means it will more accessible to folks with disabilities. In addition, we are looking to add many new features to the new site to make it easier for families and providers alike. We are very excited about the redesign and looking forward to sharing it with you later this year.

We have added a new page to the current site. The Military Family Resources page can be found under the Families tab under Family Resources.
Putting Training into Action
Barrington Village Enrichment Center (BVS) was part of the Progressive Training and TA Program working on the Strengthening Families Initiative. The BVS was sent information about the Unsung Hero Awards through NH Children's Trust. BVS nominated Kenny Hunter and he was selected to be one of the recipients of the award. Congratulation to BVS for using a Strengthening Families Approach to recognize the families in your program. Congratulations to Kenny for being awarded an Unsung Hero Award!
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, March 5, 2019, Get Outside! OFTEN!, 6:30-8:30 pm, Nashua 
  • Thursday, March 14, 2019, Body Language: What Does It Mean?, 6:30-8:30 pm, Manchester
  • Thursday, March 21, 2019, Using Yoga to Create Harmony in Your Classroom. 6:30-8:30 pm, Rochester
  • Tuesday, March 26, 2019, Get Outside! OFTEN!, 6:30-8:30 pm, Manchester
  • Tuesday, April 2, 2019, Get Outside! OFTEN!, 6:30-8:30 pm, Penacook
  • Thursday, April 4, 2019, Using Yoga to Create Harmony in Your Classroom, 6:30-8:30 pm, Manchester
  • Tuesday, April 9, 2019, Body Language: What Does It Mean?, 6:30-8:30 pm, Nashua
Spring 2019 NH Early Childhood Leadership Summit
Thursday, March 14, 2019
8:30 am-4:00 pm

Executive Court Banquet Facility
1199 S Mammoth Road
Manchester, NH 03109

Registration through  Eventbrite

Click  here  or on the flyer for more information.

Caring for Our Children Conference in Portsmouth

Saturday, April 6, 2019
7:30 am-3:15 pm

Great Bay Community College
330 Corporate Drive
Portsmouth, NH 03801

Registration through  Eventbrite

Click  here  or on the brochure for more information.
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 .
  March 2019 is National Nutrition & 
Safety Awareness Month! 

During March, participate several different nutrition and safety awareness topics.
Visit eatright.org   for their Celebration Toolkit! #NationalNutritionMonth 

Below are videos and resources for important safety information:
Resources to Share with Families
Read Across America Day

March 2, 2019 is National Read Across America Day. It also is Dr. Seuss' Birthday. Share your favorite stories for children with the families in your program.
Electric Energy Assistance
The Electric Assistance Program (EAP) provides qualifying utility customers with a discount of 8% to 76% off their monthly electric bill, depending on their household income. Renters, subsidized renters and homeowners who receive an electric bill may apply for EAP. Eligibility is determined by the total household income and the number of household members. Eligible customers receive a discount on their electric bill every month.

Community Action Agencies can help to identify and enroll eligible customers for the statewide EAP. Click here to find Community Action Agencies  (CAAs) located throughout the State. Our agency, Southern New Hampshire Services, can help people enroll that live in Rockingham and Hillsborough Counties.
A Message from the Child Care Licensing Unit
Look for a Child Care Licensing Unit message in April.
Territory List
Other Early Childhood News & Updates
Labor Law Training Seminar
The New Hampshire Department of Labor is offering a Labor Law training seminar on how to stay in compliance with NH Labor Laws. The United States Department of Labor will join us again this year. The seminar will be offered on 19 dates at a variety of locations throughout the State. These events are free and open to employers, businesses and the public. These seminars are made possible by the generosity of the businesses donating their establishment’s function room to host these events.
 
Please note: This year’s seminars are starting at 8:30 am and ending at 12:00 pm in an attempt to give the presenters and the audience more time for Q & A.
 
If you have 10 or more persons to register, please contact the NHDOL to discuss scheduling a separate training session.
 
To register for one of these training events please refer to the “Register for Labor Law Seminars?” link under the “How Do I …” section on the  Labor website’s home page.

If you have difficulty registering online for any of these events, please call the NH Department of Labor at 603-271-0127 or email  InspectionDiv@dol.nh.gov .
Math with Technology in Early Education
The New Hampshire Early & Elementary Mathematics Collaborative (NHEEMC) is once again offering a professional development opportunity to Pre-K through Grade 2 teachers in New Hampshire. “Math with Technology in Early Education”, is a UNH 2-credit, online course that runs from March 18 th through May 9 th . This class will explore active learning in early math and the course content can be integrated into any early learning classroom.
 
Teachers who are interested in taking the course can sign up by contacting the project coordinator, Kiki Donis-Wahl: email  kiki.donis-wahl@unh.edu  or phone 862-2676.
 
Scholarships are available. Teachers who do not have access to PD funds through their district will be given priority for scholarship funding to pay for the full amount of the course.

Click here or on the flyer for more details.
Training Opportunity Through the
UNH Cooperative Extension

Welcome to Put Child Care Wellness in Writing.
This 1.5 hour training provides information and strategies for anyone involved in the development of child care wellness policies. You'll learn about the elements that are required to be included in wellness policies and explore many best practices that can help you create a school wellness policy that supports students' health, growth, learning, and the development of lifelong healthy behaviors. Free nutrition education materials will be sent after successful completion of the course. Use the link below to register for this online course.


Please contact Lisa Richards, MS, RD, Nutrition Consultant, UNH Cooperative Extension lisa.richards@unh.edu if you have any questions.
News and Updates from the
NH Immunization Program (NHIP)
Thank you all for submitting your 2018 Annual Immunization Report. NHIP has been compiling the data over the past several weeks and we appreciate your time and willingness to assist us when we have called or emailed to clarify your reports. Your work helps keep NH children and their communities free of vaccine preventable diseases! As you know, all children are required to have certain vaccines prior to being enrolled in any NH licensed Child Care. We encourage you to continue to monitor the immunization status of all your infants, toddlers, and pre-schoolers throughout the year (e.g. every 3-6 months) in order to have the most up to date records available when the report is due in the fall. For child care immunization information, tools and resources, and activities, please visit the childcare page of our website: https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/immunization/ccproviders.htm
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.

Integrating Systems of Care To Support High-Quality I/T Care
Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 1:00- 2:30 pm (Eastern Time)
Click here or on the flyer for a printable copy.
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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