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

The summer is flying by and CCAoNH is wasting no time as we work to help children, families and providers across the state.

Child Care Resource and Referral Outreach Specialists are asking for your help! Daily, we are getting phone calls asking for referrals in areas where many programs don't have vacancies. If you have available space to enroll children, please let us know. Email ccrr@snhs.org. Thank you for your help and support.

Our Training and TA Specialists continue to support providers through technical assistance. The 2018 Progressive Training and TA Program is underway. Training and TA Specialist are working with programs to improve quality in one of five important initiatives: Emergency Preparedness, Early Learning Standards, Strengthening Families, Progressive Professional Development of Staff and the Infant and Toddler Initiative. The next round of Progressives will begin in the fall. Keep an out for the application email coming in September. The Emergency Operation Planning Cohort is getting ready to finish up. This group helped to create the Step-By-Step How to Guide: Planning for Emergencies and Disasters in NH Childcare Programs . Thank you to all the cohort members for the input into this document. Applications are currently being accepted for the next EOP Cohort that will be held in the Seacoast area.

The Annual Training Calendar is being worked on and will be out in mid-to-late August. Keep an eye out for its release! In the meantime, CCAoNH is facilitating the Quality Rating & Improvement System (QRIS) Listening Sessions. There are multiple sessions being offered across the state. Join us for one of our 2018 CCAoNH Feedback Forums . The Forums are being held throughout the state and are a great way to voice your opinions and hear about what we have in store for you next year! See the flyers below for more details.

Have you completed the 2018 CCAoNH Provider Survey? If you haven't, there is still time. The survey is for all child care providers in the state, not just those in a leadership role. We want to hear from you. Currently, we have received over 200 back, but we want more! Please take the time to get us yours as well! See below for more details. If you have already sent yours in THANK 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. 
Our Latest News and Updates
2018 CCAoNH Provider Survey
The 2018 Provider Surveys are out! Please take the time to fill out the survey and let us know your thoughts. Providers that send back their survey within a given time-frame will be eligible to win one of five raffles for a free CCAoNH Conference.
Your thoughts and opinions are important to us and helps us to plan and improve on our services for next year. We want to hear from you and thank you in advance for your support and input!
What's New on the Website!
We have added new material to the website!
  • The Step-By-Step How to Guide: Planning for Emergencies and Disasters in NH Childcare Programs was added to the Emergency Planning page.
  • The 2017 NH Market Rate Survey results have been released. You can access the results by going to the NH Market Rate Survey button under the Data Reports tab.
Training Opportunites and Upcoming Events
2018 CCAoNH Feedback Forums
Join Program Manager, Tracy Pond and CCAoNH Regional Staff for one of our Feedback Forums this summer. This is a face-to-face opportunity for you to ask questions and provide feedback on CCAoNH services. Additionally, CCAoNH staff will provide program updates and give you the inside scoop on what’s coming next in the upcoming program year.

Thinking of attending? Do it! We’re bringing ice cream and making sundaes! We look forward to seeing you then!
There are multiple dates for this event and it will be held in several locations across the state. Click here or on the flyer for more details and a printable copy. To register for one of the forums, go to NH Professional Registry or click on the "R".
Quality Rating & Improvement System (QRIS)
Listening Sessions
Come to one of the informational listening sessions and learn about the status of the enhanced Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS).

There are multiple dates for this info session and it will be held in several locations across the state. New dates were recently added, click here or on the flyer below for more details and a printable copy. To register for one of the sessions, go to NH Professional Registry or click on the "R".

Come to the Listening Sessions prepared! Read the DRAFT of NH QRIS Proposed Standards , before attending the session.
Caring for Our Children Conference in Nashua
Saturday, September 22, 2018

8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Nashua Community College
505 Amherst Street
Nashua, NH 03063

Click here on on the brochure for a printable copy and to see what we are offering!
Registration is through Eventbrite. To register click   here   or on the "E". 
Conference cost is $45 per person. 
Participants can receive up to 6 hours of professional development, including a welcome address and networking time.
Registration is online only and pre-registration is required. Registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. 
Family Child Care Training Institute
Saturday, October 6, 2018

NH Early Childhood Leadership Summit: Part I
Thursday, October 25, 2018

Training and TA Institute
Thursday, November 1, 2018

Caring for Our Children Conference ~ Conway
Saturday, November 3, 2018

Infant and Toddler Institute
Saturday, December 8, 2018
Be on the lookout for the flyers or brochures closer to the event dates.
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.
Resources to Share with Families
August Is the Month for Great Family Celebrations
  • Family Fun Month
  • Create a list of fun activities families can do together in your area or ask families for their favorite things to do and share the list within your program.
  • National Eye Exam Month and Children's Eye Health and Safety Month
  • Take this opportunity to talk to parents about eye exams for children.
  • Add eye charts and clear glasses to your dramatic play areas.
  • Happiness Happens Month
  • Share some happiness with the children and families you work with.
  • National Brownie's at Brunch Month
  • Try hosting a Brownie's at Brunch event in your program.
  • Have families share their favorite brownie recipe.
  • Have the kids make brownies during the day.
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).
Reminders and Deadline Extensions
CCLU has been listening to concerns from programs about their ability to create comprehensive Continuity of Operations Plans and the Expulsion Policy as required in the rules adopted in November 2017. As communicated when the rules were adopted, programs were given until September 30, 2018 to meet these requirements. We will be extending these deadlines further to allow programs more opportunity to create plans and policies that are comprehensive and work for each program. Click below for more detailed information, and for additional reminders on other items Licensing Coordinators will begin asking to review at visits this fall.  
Other Early Childhood News & Updates
Early Childhood Tuition Assistance Grant
Granite State College is now accepting applications for the Early Childhood Tuition Assistance Grant for fall term. The attached flyer lists the course offerings and includes the link to the online application. Please note that funds have been going VERY QUICKLY, please apply as soon as possible. If you have any questions please feel free to call, 603-303-3863 or email  Karyn.yeatman@granite.edu .

Click here for a printable copy of the courses being offered.
Free Training Offered in Hanover!
NH Children’s Trust is pleased to announce that another occurrence of our popular training “Bringing the Protective Factors Framework to Life in Your Work ” which is approved for 13.5 for Childcare professional development interactive hours. CEU’s are also available for several other child-serving professionals – check our website for more information. 
 
The Strengthening Families Framework outlines 5 characteristics, called protective factors, which help families be their strongest for optimal child development and a reduced risk that child abuse and neglect will occur. The framework also details everyday actions which anyone whose work touches parents can take to promote these protective factors. This training offers any professional whose work touches parents to enhance their strengths-based practice. 

The training will be offered o n September 9 and 15, in Hanover. 
To get notified when registration opens send an email to  info@nhchildrenstrust.org.
The NH 2018 Child Care Market Rate Survey (MRS) Report
Is Now Available
You can access the report on the DHHS web site: https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dcyf/cdb/documents/mrs-report-2018.pdf
 
NH is federally required by the USDHHS/Administration for Children and Families/Office of Child Care to conduct a Market Rate Survey and this regulation is part of the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Program. The purpose of the Market Rate Survey is to inform the Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration in the reimbursement rate setting process for child care providers enrolled in the NH Child Care Scholarship Program.
 
The 2018 MRS reflects variations in the price of child care services by geographic area, type of provider, and age of child. The Bureau will re-evaluate existing payment rates to determine whether rates continue to provide equal access based on present market conditions, examine shifts in local markets, and consider inflation when setting new reimbursement rates.
Race 2K Process Coach
The Race 2K project, a grant-funded project of the Parent Information Center and funded by the NH Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education is seeking Process Coaches to provide the services described below to Community Collaboratives and/or sitebased leadership teams participating in iSocial. For more information on iSocial, please visit https://www.education.nh.gov/instruction/special_ed/isocial/index.htm

Click here or on the flyer for a printable copy.
Early Learning NH Conference

Dear Early Learning NH Colleagues,
 
Registration is NOW OPEN  for the 2018 Early Learning NH Professional Development Conference taking place on  Saturday, October 20th. To VIEW the conference brochure and REGISTER for this event go to their  website . You can register online with a credit card, or print off the registration form and mail it in to us. 
 
Register before July 31st   to receive the Early Bird discount! Many of their workshops fill up quickly, so please register TODAY!   
 
Your registration fee covers all sessions and meals listed in the program. Registrations are on a first-come, first-served basis. Completed registrations are not refundable.
 
Early Learning NH basic members and SELA members receive additional savings for all staff members. Become a Member when you register, and you can register at the discounted Member Rate right away (it's a $20 discount)! Call us today at 226.7900, and we'll be glad to sign you up!
Employment Opportunities
Join Our Team!
Child Care Aware of New Hampshire is looking for dynamic individuals to join our team. Are you passionate about the early childhood field? Are you looking to make a difference? Do you want to help families find quality child care and work hand in hand with providers to promote high quality learning experiences for all children? If you answered yes, then Child Care Aware of NH is for you! Check out our open positions below.

A Bilingual Support Specialist:
  • Provides bilingual support services and consumer education for families in selecting child care.
  • Facilitates trainings and provides targeted technical assistance (coaching and mentoring) 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 (coaching and mentoring) 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


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