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

September has come and gone, and October is now upon us. This fall has brought a swirl of new and exciting things your way. Child Care Aware of NH powered by Southern New Hampshire Services is happy to share our fall news with you in this edition of the Monthly Minutes.

Child Care Resource and Referral Outreach Specialists have spent a lot of time supporting program administrators/providers with the new NH Child Care Search Portal. They have been making calls and offering support as everyone gets used to the new Portal. They continue to give referrals to families seeking child care and help families with remote learning options.

The Training and TA Specialists are busy offering professional development opportunities in a variety of different ways to providers all around the State. In August, we released our 2020-2021 Virtual Annual Training Calendar. The Calendar holds all of the professional development opportunities that CCAoNH is going to offer this year in one convenient place. Check out below for all of the different professional development options available to you!

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. 
CCAoNH Updates
Southern New Hampshire Services
Will Be Closed

Child Care Aware of NH powered by Southern New Hampshire Services will be closed Monday, October 12, 2020 in observance of Columbus Day. We will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, October 13, 2020.
Alternative Child Care Options: Child Care Match
Are you looking to work during COVID-19?
Get your name on our list of individuals offering to provide child care during COVID-19 emergency. Go to Individuals Offering to Provide Child Care During COVID-19 Emergency to get started.

Are you looking for staff?
Check out the Individuals Available to Provide Child Care During COVID-19 Emergency page on our website. This list consists of individuals who want to help during COVID-19, whether they work in the field or not.

Click here to visit our Alternative Child Care Options: Child Care Match page.
CCAoNH Website News
We are making progress on the new website. We have completed the homepage and the design for the main sub pages. We are building the functionality of the discussion board, creating template pages and transferring the pages from this site to the new one. We will continue to work on this project and are hoping to release the new website late this month or early November.

Meanwhile if you have not tried our LiveChat feature, visit our website between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm Monday through Friday, you will be able to chat with a CCAoNH staff member. We can help answer questions about our services or direct you to information and resources for the questions you may have. Make sure to check it out!

We have some new things on out current site.
Professional Development Opportunities
and Upcoming Events
2020-2021 Virtual Annual Training Calendar
Click here or on the 2020-2021 Virtual Annual Training Calendar for a printable copy.
Click here or on the Different Types of Professional Development Opportunities Flyer for a printable copy.
The 2020-2021 Virtual Annual Training Calendar is a fluid document that will be updated and changed as needed. You will always be able to find the most current version of the Calendar on our website.
Training Registration Window
The date for the Training Registration Window has changed. To give providers more time to access trainings being offered, the Training Registration Window will now be open on the 15th of each month for the next month's trainings.
Early Childhood Focused Collaborative Meetings
CCAoNH has redesigned how we are offering our Early Childhood Focused Collaborative Meetings. This year we decided to offer Collaborative meetings that all have a special focus. Click on the flyer to learn more about these opportunities.

Please note, that on the 26th of each month the Early Childhood Focused Collaborative Meeting topics will be emailed out to you. You may attend more than one Collaborative per month!

Click here or on the flyer for a printable copy.
There has been a topic change for the Early Childhood Collaborative: Program Management Leadership held on Tuesday, October 13, 2020. The new topic will be a
Learn & Share session around program policy communication, with staff and families. During this meeting, participants are asked to come ready to share communication techniques they use with other participants. 
Progressive Training & TA Program
CCAoNH now has open enrollment for the Progressive Training and TA Program. You will find an application on the front page slider as well as on the Technical Assistance page under the Provider Tab off of the Professional Development section.
We have several Progressive Training and TA topics programs can choose from this year:
  • Environment Rating Scale (Coming in November)
  • Infant & Toddler Team Initiative
  • NH Early Learning Standards
  • Program Emergency Preparedness and Response
  • Pyramid Model Intro and Overview
  • Strengthening Families, Strengthening Care
Early Childhood Cohorts
Applications for Early Childhood Cohorts are due October 9, 2020.

Click here on the flyer for more details.

Check out the available options below:
  • Early Learning Standards Cohort
  • Emergency Preparedness for Programs Cohort
  • Environment Rating Scale Virtual TA Cohort
  • Infant and Toddler Cohort
  • Strengthening Families Cohort
Communities of Practice:
Strengthening Business Practices for Child Care Programs
Registration is now available for our Communities of Practice: Strengthening Business Practices for Child Care Programs through the NH Professional Registry. This is an opportunity to promote stronger business practices as you build knowledge, share ideas and develop common understandings.

This Community of Practice is for directors and administrators only.

Click here or on the flyer for more details.
Special Events
Fall 2020
NH Early Childhood Leadership Summit:

Fine Tuning in Tough Times
with Scott Noyes

Thursday, October 22, 2020
8:30 AM-1:30 PM

Register through Eventbrite.

Click here or on the flyer for more details.
2020 Fall Training and TA Institute
Coaching with ECERS: Strategies and Tools to Improve Quality in Pre-K and K

Thursday, November 12, 2020
8:30 AM-1:30 PM
Register through Eventbrite.

Click here or on the flyer for more details.
2020 Family Child Care Training Institute
Supporting All Children in Family Child Care: Intro to the Pyramid Model

Saturday, November 14, 2020
8:30 AM-12:00 PM
Register through Eventbrite.

Click here or on the flyer for more details.
CCAoNH Online Registration Process
CCAoNH has enacted several measures to our online Zoom trainings to ensure that any potential hacking is minimized.

  • The morning of the online Zoom professional development, participants will receive an email with the Zoom URL Code to join the professional development opportunity and the link to the evaluation to complete following the training. 
  • A reminder email will be sent either one hour before the training or by 4:00 PM the day of the training for evening professional development.
  • Notices will be sent to the email that is in the participant's NH Professional Registry. 
  • To join the training the participant will click on the Zoom Code. After clicking on the link, the participant will be asked to fill in their name, email, and organization before clicking on the button to enter the meeting. By filling in this information, this will create an online sign in sheet to prove attendance.
  • For best viewing and participation in this collaborative, please use a device with a screen, speakers and a camera.

Professional Development Hours will be provided to all those participants who are viewing the webinar live and are registered in the NH Professional Registry. Your training transcript will reflect this within two business days.

For those participants who are viewing the recording of this webinar, please use the Self-Study Sheet found at the top of the Training and Webinars page on our website.

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.
Register for trainings with no cost on the NH Professional Registry.
Register for trainings with a cost on Eventbrite.
Register for trainings at Go to Meeting offered by the Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration
COVID-19 Updates
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.
October 2020 Is National Crime Prevention Month
& Fire Prevention Month!     

Have you heard of "Play Safe, Be Safe!"? 

Wondering about some basic fire safety preparation? 

Did you know that Sesame Street has a fire safety program? 
Resources to Share with Families
October is National Children's Magazine Month and National Book Month

Check out the Parents Choice Favorite Magazines for children. Share the link with families to offer another way to look at reading and literacy with their child.

Check out the list of NH Public Libraries. Don't forget to share the list with families.
How to Find Harmony When Parents Disagree
Article from Zero to Three By Claire Lerner

Parenting is complex work. Each day, we make countless decisions about what kids eat, how to get them to sleep, how much screen time to allow, and what rules and consequences to establish and enforce.
Other Early Childhood News & Updates
Are you interested in nutrition and physical activity initiatives for your child care center?

Keene State College, through the support of the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health Services is recruiting SEVEN child care centers across the state to participate in an exciting initiative designed to improve the health of children.
Training opportunity from the
NH Association for Infant Mental Health
Authentically Engaging with Children and Families Through Telehealth

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Click here or on the flyer for more details.
Free Professional Learning Communities
Free Professional Learning Communities (PLC) are forming to support participants as they progress through the self-paced ePyramid Modules. 

Each PLC will focus on one of the eModules: Infant and Toddler, Preschool or Birth to Five. These modules are available FREE on ProSolutions.

For details about participating in a PLC click here or on the flyer.

Registration deadline is Sunday, October 4, 2020. 

Questions? Contact Hillary Pincoske, PTAN Project Assistant.
FREE Pyramid Model
Peer-to-Peer Practice-based Coach Training - Online
Practice-based Coaching (PBC) doesn't always require an expert coach! Reciprocal peer coaching involves peers coaching each other using the PBC model. We will cover the process for PBC using reciprocal peer coaching. Participants will practice action planning, conducting focused observation, and reflection and feedback. This training includes all of the forms that peer coaches will need.
2-day Online Series: Participation is required on both days.
October 16 & 23, 2020: 9:00 am-4:00 pm each day
Lucy Fowlkes Breed Family Service Volunteer Award
This fall, New Hampshire Children’s Trust will award the Lucy Fowlkes Breed Family Service Volunteer Award! Candidates will have volunteered in direct service to families at a New Hampshire nonprofit that serves children or families. Volunteer work must have been done within the past two years. A virtual celebration will take place and a monetary award will be presented.
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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