June 2018 Monthly Minutes
A Message from Child Care Aware of NH
Hello Providers,

June is here, and the hustle and bustle of the month has already begun. Programs are busy getting ready for moving up and graduation ceremonies as they also prepare for the summer. At Child Care Aware of NH, we are also working hard to help children, families and providers across the state.

Child Care Resource and Referral Outreach Specialists are busy giving families referrals to child care programs as well as working with NHEP and Workplace Success programs. In addition, the Child Care Resource and Referral Outreach Specialists are visiting District Offices throughout the state. Outreach Specialists also visit various community programs during the month too. If you have any changes in vacancies, please feel free to contact our CCR&R Outreach Specialist at (603) 578-1386 ext. 31 or email ccrr@snhs.org.

Our Training and TA Specialists continue to support providers through technical assistance and by facilitating and/or providing trainings throughout the state. In addition, the Training and TA Specialists are working with the 2018 Progressive Training and TA Programs and the Emergency Operation Planning Cohort.

The training season is starting to come to an end. June is the last month in our Annual Training Calendar. This year, Child Care Aware of NH is offering limited training during the summer. On July 10, 2018 CCAoNH will host Water Safety Training with Scott Noyes. Please look for more details below. In addition, CCAoNH will be facilitating a series of Quality Rating & Improvement System (QRIS) Information Sessions with Jaime Calcagni during the summer. Be on the lookout for a flyer with more information on these sessions.

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
What's New on the Website!
We have made some changes to the website!
  • To make it easier for providers to find the Emergency Planning section, we have moved the Emergency Planning pages under the Provider tab. Simply hover over the Provider tab and Emergency Planning will be the fifth choice down on the menu.
  • The Health and Safety Resources page has some new resources. You can find the Health and Safety Resources page in the Provider's tab, under the Emergency Planning section.
  • The Wellness and Safety Resources page has some new resources. You can find the Wellness and Safety Resources page in the Families' tab, under the Family Resource section.
HELP... We Need Pictures!
Child Care Aware of NH wants to build an Inspiration Page for teachers and providers in the state.

If you are doing some great work in your program and would like to share it with other providers, please fill out the photo release form below and email it and your photo to  outreach2ccrr@snhs.org . The form allows us to use your photo on our website and social media tools.
We are looking for pictures of how you are:
  • Using the NH Early Learning Standards
  • Using Vroom
  • Displaying teacher credentials
  • Working on emergency planning preparations within your program
  • Using a strengthening families approach
  • Implementing unique, wonderful, and creative ideas in your program

If pictures include people, please make sure they sign it for themselves and/or their children to give CCAoNH permission to use their image on our website and social media feeds. Once completed, email the form and photo to  outreach2ccrr@snhs.org   with the subject title, Inspiration Page.

We would to thank programs and providers in advance for sending in pictures of the amazing work you are doing. Thank you!
Training Opportunites and Upcoming Events
The 2017-2018 Annual Training Calendar
The Annual Training Calendar is a great tool to plan for professional development. It shows all of the trainings that CCAoNH will host from September 2017 - June 2018.
“Life is like a compass. When you set your goals correctly, it will take you to the RIGHT direction.” - Anonymous

Click here or on the cover to view the 2017-2018 Annual Training Calendar.
Water Safety Training
Training Information

Tuesday, July 10th
6:00-8:30 pm
East Side Learning Center
164 East Side Drive Concord, NH 03301
$15 Registration Fee
To register, click on http://snhsccrr.eventbrite.com.

Click here for more information and a printable copy of the flyer.
Be on the Lookout for...
Quality Rating & Improvement System (QRIS)
Information Sessions
There are multiple dates for this info session and it will be held in several locations across the state.
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.
  • 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 2-5 in the 2017-2018 Annual Training Calendar. Click on the button below to access the Annual Training Calendar.
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 below for topics, dates, times and locations to find a meeting near you. 

1st Week of the Month

Greater Concord Collaborative
  • Wednesday, June 6th, 9:30-11:30 amGranite State College, 25 Hall Street, Concord, 03301, Topic: End of the Year Wrap-up.

Eastern Monadnock Collaborative
  • Thursday, June 7th, 6:30-8:30 pm, Monadnock Community Hospital, Parmelee Building, Conference Room 3, 452 Old Street Road, Peterborough, 03458, Topic: Director's Resources.

2nd Week of the Month

Greater Derry Collaborative
  • Wednesday, June 13th, 9:30-11:30 am, Marion Gerrish Community Center, 39 West Broadway, Derry, 03038, Topic: Barriers to Families Living in Poverty to Access Child Care and Reflection and Goals for Next Year.

Greater Manchester Collaborative
  • Wednesday, June 13th, 9:30-11:30 am, Early Head Start, Conference Room, 160 Silver Street, Manchester, 03103, Topic: End of the Year Wrap-up.
Click here or on the NH Professional Registry icon to sign-up for a collaborative near you .

3rd Week of the Month 

Lakes Region Collaborative  
  • Tuesday, June 19th, 9:30-11:30 am, Lakes Region Community Services, 719 North Main Street, Laconia, 03246, Topic: Networking & planning for the upcoming year.

Strafford Collaborative
  • Wednesday, June 20th, 9:30-11:30 am, Granite State College, 35 Industrial Way, Rochester, 03867, Topic: You're Not the Boss of Me: Challenging Behaviors with Thom Lineham.

Greater Nashua Collaborative
  • Thursday, June 21st, 9:30-11:30 am, Nashua Community College, Room 229, 505 Amherst Street, Nashua, 03063, Topic: Reflection and Goals for Next Year/ Networking and Learn & Share.

River Valley Collaborative
  • Thursday, June 21st, 6:30-8:30 pm, Moody Building, Second Floor Conference Room, 24 Opera House Square, Claremont, 03743, Topic: Director's Resources.

4th Week of the Month

North Country Collaborative
  • Tuesday, June 26th, 1:30-3:30 pm, Passumpsic Bank, 117 Main StreetLancaster, 03584, Topic: Tuition Assistance Information for GSC with Karyn Yeatman.

Western Monadnock Collaborative
  • Wednesday, June 27th, 9:30-11:30 am, Bentley Commons, 197 Water Street, Keene, 03431, Topic: Director's Resources.

White Mountain Collaborative
  • Thursday, June 28th, 6:30-8:30 pm, Tri-Country CAP Building, 448 White Mountain Highway, Tamworth, 03886, Topic: Tuition Assistance Information for GSC with Karyn Yeatman.
Resources to Share with Families
Have you checked out the Vroom's
For Professionals' Page?
There are lots of great resources available. Check it out at www.vroom.org.
Vroom Father's Day Video
June is National Camping Month

Check out NH State Parks and share them with families. Encourage some time in the great outdoors with family fun camping, fishing, swimming or picnicking days at a NH State Park.
Click here to find NH State Parks.
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).
Due to one staff leaving shortly for maternity leave, and our newest licensing coordinator, Darlene Avery, currently in training, for the next several months we will have 10 active licensing coordinators, necessitating some changes to the towns assigned to each. You can find the current list here. We expect to have all 12 licensing coordinators assigned in early fall and will provide the updated list as soon as it is completed!

We are working diligently on Interpretive Guides to the Child Care Licensing Rules. Our goal is to provide consistency in interpretation and application of the rules for both child care programs and CCLU staff. Once completed, they will be available on the Child Care Licensing website at https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/oos/cclu/rules.htm.

Stay tuned! Until next month!

Melissa Clement Chief, Child Care Licensing Unit 
Other Early Childhood News & Updates
EC-SEAT Program

The UNH Department of Education is excited to share information with you about the  Early Childhood Special Education Assistive Technology (EC-SEAT) Project . The EC-SEAT Project is an interdisciplinary opportunity for people interested in earning a master’s degree in early childhood education while focusing on the needs of children with disabilities and learning about the power of assistive technology in community and school settings. 
We have awards available  for students who qualify and are interested in earning not only an M.Ed in Early Childhood Education but also a graduate certificate in Assistive Technology (AT) from UNH. Early childhood special educators with AT knowledge are a critical area of need in the state of NH but also nationally.  Read on to learn more and begin your application soon! 

EC-SEAT project  scholars receive a  $25,000 and new iPad  to support earning a:
  1. UNH Master of Education degree in Early Childhood Education with a focus on children with special needs
  2. NH teacher certification in early childhood special education (Birth-8yrs), and
  3. UNH Graduate Certificate in Assistive Technology
Prospective EC-SEAT scholars first apply to the  Master of Education: Early Childhood Education: Special Needs (ECSN)  in the UNH Department of Education. Upon admittance, students then apply for the EC-SEAT project education award which includes $25,000 and a new iPad. 
This opportunity is available for individuals who are have diverse backgrounds, abilities, and experiences. Interested students need:
  • A bachelor's degree
  • US Citizenship
  • An upper-level course in childhood development
  • 200 hours of supervised work with children (paid or unpaid)
  • To complete and pass the Praxis Core

For more information about the  EC-SEAT Project,  contact Carrie Portrie at  Carrie.Portrie@unh.edu  or 603-862-2676. You can also reach out to the  UNH Department of Education for more information about their programs. The Graduate School staff are here to support and assist you with any additional questions via email grad.school@unh.edu  or by phone 603-862-3000. Please do not hesitate to reach out.
A Public Hearing on the FFY 2019-2021 Child Care and Development Fund Plan will be held on Monday, June 11, 2018 at the Brown Building Auditorium, Governor Hugh Gallen State Office Park, Concord, NH. The Hearing will be preceded by a one-hour informational session on the content of the Plan.

Notice of Public Hearing

June 11, 2018
5:00 P.M. – Informational Session Begins
6:00 P.M. – Hearing Begins
NH Department of Health and Human Services
Brown Building Auditorium
129 Pleasant St.
Concord, NH 03301

Directions to Brown Building http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/directions/brown.htm

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Division for Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF), Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration (Bureau) is preparing to submit the required Federal Plan regarding the use of the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF). These Federal funds support working families with low incomes to access child care through the NH Child Care Scholarship Program, and to improve the quality of child care in NH.
On November 19, 2014, Congress reauthorized these funds in the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG). This reauthorization made sweeping changes, including a paradigm shift from primarily a work-support program to a program that supports family self-sufficiency  and  child development by improving the safety and quality of child care, establishing policies that provide more stabilized funding to child care providers, and ensuring continuity of care for children in high quality programs.
draft  of DHHS’ response to the FFY 2019-2021 CCDF Federal Plan, “Draft Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Plan for FFY2019-2021 (5-21-18),” can be found at: http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dcyf/cdb/publications.htm , along with a PowerPoint highlighting portions of the Plan.
How to Share Your Comments about the CCDF Plan with the Bureau
Comments regarding DHHS’ Draft Plan can be provided:
       During the Public Hearing verbally, in writing or via the webinar;
       Via email to:  DHHS.ChildDevelopment@dhhs.nh.gov ;
       Via fax to (603) 271-8712, attention Debra Nelson; or
       By leaving a voice mail message at (603) 271-4242.
Public comment period begins on Tuesday, May 22 and ends on Monday, June 11 at midnight .
DHHS will review all comments and, to the extent possible, make changes to the Draft Plan accordingly. Not all comments will result in changes to the Plan.
We look forward to hearing your feedback.
Employment Opportunities
Child Care Aware of New Hampshire has open positions. 

A Bilingual Support Specialist:
  • Provides bilingual support services and consumer education for families in selecting child care.
  • Facilitates trainings and provides targeted technical assistance to early childhood professionals.
  • Assesses each regional area to meet cultural needs and to promote cultural competency.
  • Provides interpretation in second language as necessary. 
  • Position is in the Main Office in Nashua.

A Training and Technical Assistance Specialist:
  • Facilitates training opportunities.
  • Provides targeted technical assistance to early childhood professionals.
  • Provides support services and consumer education for families in selecting child care.
  • Statewide position.

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

Need Help? Support? Call our Training and TA Lines
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Child Care Aware of NH Training & TA/Help Line:
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