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

As we make our way through this chilly winter, Child Care Aware of NH has been hard at work helping children, families and providers across the state. Our Child Care Resource and Referral Outreach Specialists continue to help families find child care through visits to the District Offices, NH Employment Programs, Workplace Success Programs and general phone call inquiries. If you have a vacancy please call us at 1-855-393-1731 ext. 31.

Our Training and TA Specialists are supporting providers through coaching, mentoring and training. On January 27th, CCAoNH hosted Caring for Our Children: Health, Safety, Nutrition and Wellness Conference in Keene. It was a great day of professional development. If you missed the Keene Conference, don't worry! We will be hosting our last Caring for Our Children: Health, Safety, Nutrition and Wellness conference for this training calendar on March 24, 2018 in Portsmouth . On March 15, 2018, Luis Hernandez will be joining us for the NH Early Childhood Leadership Summit Part II. Luis will be training on Leadership: The Power of Respect and Polishing Our Vision . He is an outstanding speaker, you won't want to miss him!

If you have not handed in your application to be part of the Progressive Training and TA Program, it is not too late. Applications are due February 2, 2018. Being part of the Progressive Training and TA Program is a great way for providers to get on-site support for a variety of state initiatives. Get your application in today! In addition, applications are also due on February 2, 2018 for the NEW Pilot Program, the Emergency Operation Planning for Child Care Cohorts (EOP Cohort). Participating programs will develop a comprehensive and sustainable EOP with a cohort-model approach. The Cohort will assist with satisfying Child Care Licensing Rules and will provide programs with resources and tools to better prepare for, respond to, and recover from the next incident, emergency or major disaster. Lastly, if you are considering a NH Early Childhood Credential, be a part of the Credentialing Challenge. Applications must be submitted by March 1, 2018. Contact CCAoNH if you are interested! Look below for more details about all of these opportunities.

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
Closed Monday, February 19, 2018
CCAoNH will be closed Monday, February 19, 2018 in observance of President's Day. We will reopen with regular business hours on Tuesday, February 20th.
CCAoNH Has Expanded the Main Office Hours

CCAoNH is now offeingr office hours from
8:00 am - 5:00 pm in the Main/Southern Office.
All other CCAoNH offices will be open from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.
What is NEW on CCAoNH's Website!
Get ready for some exciting changes!

Child Care Aware of NH has a Pinterest Account!
You can find the Pinterest logo and link on the top of every page and on the bottom of the resource pages. Our Pinterest page is a great place to look for CCAoNH events as well as a plethora of other early childhood news, statistics, advocacy, and teaching ideas.

New Advocacy Page!
This past month, we added an advocacy page to our website under the Resource tab. This page can help individuals link to state and national organizations that advocate for children and families. Check it out!

Job Board is Up and Running!
On January 1st, we launched a Job Board onto our website. We got an awesome response from providers. During this past month, 35 early childhood employment opportunities were posted on our website throughout the state. Thank you to all the providers that have utilized this new tool. We hope that you find great candidates for employment. If you are looking for employment don't forget to check out our site! Click here for an Employment Opportunity Guide.
The 2018 Caring for Our Children: Health, Safety, Nutrition and Wellness Conference in Keene was a HIT!

On January 27, 2018, Child Care Aware of NH hosted the Caring for Our Children: Health, Safety, Nutrition and Wellness Conference in Keene, NH. The day started off with a lively Keynote Address by Cheryl Hovey , What's My Piece of the Puzzle? Then participants had the opportunity to select 3 additional trainings to round out the day. A total of 15 sessions of professional development devoted to health, safety, nutrition, development and wellness topics to assist child care programs, early childhood professionals and administrators in enhancing and improving their health, safety and nutrition practices were offered. Over 95 early childhood professional came out to be a part of this event. We want to thank Keene State College and all of the trainers who participated in creating this fabulous training day!
Trainer Needed to Provide Child Care Basics in Spanish
Do you speak Spanish?
Are you interested in providing training to early childhood professionals?

If you answered yes,
CCAoNH has an opportunity for you.

We are looking for a trainer to provide two Child Care Basic trainings
in the Southern Region of New Hampshire during the first half of the Annual Training Calendar year.

If you are interested in this opportunity and are credentialed as a Early Childhood Master Professional Workshop Trainer, please email the email.
Progressive Training and TA Program
Applications are Due Tomorrow!

Click here or on the flyer for more details.
Click on the appropriate button for an application to apply
Emergency Operations Planning in Child Care Cohort
Applications are Due Tomorrow!
Emergency Operations Planning in a Child Care Cohort   (EOP Cohort) applications are due by February 2, 2018  

Click here or on the flyer for more details.
Click on the appropriate button for an application to apply

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.
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 in recognizing that some changes will arise due to trainer and host site needs and availability. 

Trainings Changes:
  • CCB: Strengthening Families, Strengthening Care: February 20, 2018, 6:15-9:15 pm, at ABC's Child Care Center in New London Hospital, 273 County Road, New London, 03257 (Rescheduled from January 12, 2018)
Upcoming Child Care Licensing Unit
Q & A Sessions
Please note, an additional session has been added and two locations have changed to accommodate provider interest.

Click here or on the flyer to find a session near you.
Register Today for the NH Early Childhood Leadership Summit Part II
Thursday, March 15, 2018
8:30 am - 4:00 pm

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

$35 - Registration Fee includes Part II training and lunch buffet.

To register, click on
Registration is on-line only and pre-registration is required. Registration fees are non-refundable and
Click here or on the flyer for a printable copy.
Caring for Our Children: Health, Safety, Nutrition and Wellness Conference in Portsmouth
March 24, 2018
7:30 am - 3:15 pm

Great Bay Community College
320 Corporate Drive
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Special Event
Emergency Planning
Plan ~ Respond ~ Recover
Saturday, April 7, 2018
8:30 am – 3:00 pm

129 Pleasant Street
Doloff Building, 3rd Floor
Concord, NH  
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
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

Eastern Monadnock Collaborative
  • Thursday, February 1st, 6:30-8:30 pm, Monadnock Community Hospital, Parmelee Building, Conference Room 3, 452 Old Street Road, Peterborough, 03458, Topic: CCLU Q& A Session.

Greater Concord Collaborative
  • Wednesday, February 7th, 9:30-11:30 amGranite State College, 25 Hall Street, Concord, 03301, Topic: CCLU Q& A Session.

2nd Week of the Month

Greater Derry Collaborative
  • Wednesday, February 14th, 9:30-11:30 am, Marion Gerrish Community Center, 39 West Broadway, Derry, 03038, Topic: Social/Emotional & Mindfulness Champions with guest speaker, Thom Linehan.

Greater Manchester Collaborative
  • Wednesday, February 14th, 9:30-11:30 am, Early Head Start, Conference Room, 160 Silver Street, Manchester, 03103, Topic: CCLU Q& A Session.
Click here or on the NH Professional Registry icon to sign-up for a collaborative near you .

3rd Week of the Month 

Greater Nashua Collaborative
  • Thursday, February 15th, 9:30-11:30 am, Nashua Community College, Room 229, 505 Amherst Street, Nashua, 03063, Topic: TBD.

River Valley Collaborative
  • Thursday, February 15th, 6:30-8:30 pm, Moody Building, Second Floor Conference Room, 24 Opera House Square, Claremont, 03743, Topic: CCLU Q& A Session.

Lakes Region Collaborative   
  • Tuesday, February 20th, 9:30-11:30 am, Lakes Region Community Services, 719 North Main Street, Laconia, 03246, Topic: CCLU Q& A Session.

Strafford Collaborative
  • Wednesday, February 21st, 9:30-11:30 am, Granite State College, 35 Industrial Way, Rochester, 03867, Topic: Homelessness in Strafford County with guest speaker Laura Berman.

4th Week of the Month

White Mountain Collaborative
  • Thursday, February 22nd, 6:30-8:30 pm, Tri-Country CAP Building, 448 White Mountain Highway, Tamworth, 03886, Topic: Special guest: Jeff Jones, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator from Carroll County Coalition for Public Health.

North Country Collaborative
  • Tuesday, February 27th, 1:30-3:30 pm, Passumpsic Bank, 117 Main StreetLancaster, 03584, Topic: Chapter 3 of the book "Team Teaching in Early Childhood" by Uniit Carruyo.

Western Monadnock Collaborative
  • Wednesday, February 28th, 9:30-11:30 am, Bentley Commons, 197 Water Street, Keene, 03431, Topic: Homelessness Outreach with guest speaker, Rob Waters.
Resources to Share with Families
Try a Vroom Tip Card Activity

February has some fun and unique holidays to share with children.

  • February 2, 2018 is Groundhog's Day
  • February 3, 2018 Feed the Birds Day
  • February 4, 2018 Superbowl Sunday
  • February 5, 2018 National Thank your Mailman Day
  • February 10, 2018 Umbrella Day
  • February 14, 2018 Valentine's Day
  • February 26, 2018 Tell a Fairy Tale Day
  • February 27, 2018 National Polar Bear Day

Celebrate these unique days with the children in your program and share these fun days with families!
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).
This month's message includes information about:
  • Criminal Background Checks and Employment Eligibility Cards
  • Household and Personnel Form
  • Criminal History Record Information Authorization Form
  • Employment Eligibility Card
Other Early Childhood News & Updates
Child Care Licensing Rules 2017-2027

The Child Care Licensing Unit has received the certified rule from the Office of Legislative Services.  A downloadable PDF version of the NH Child Care Licensing Rules for 2017-2027 is now available on the Child Care Aware of NH website.  To locate the document, hover over the Provider tab, then click on the Child Care Licensing tab.
New Hampshire Children's Trust is offering a FREE Training!

Bringing the Protective Factors Framework to Life in Your Work.

Click here or on the flyer for more details.
New Hampshire Children's Trust Early Bird Registration is Now Available

Check out Essentials for Childhood: the Prevention Connection
Developing Your Leadership Style: A Leadership Institute
A Seven Session Series to Enhance the Leader in You
Click here or on the flyer for more information about the training opportunity.
News and Updates from the
NH Immunization Program (NHIP)
Thank you all for submitting your 2017 Annual Immunization Report. NHIP appreciates your time. NHIP will be compiling the data over the coming weeks and may be contacting you if we have questions or need clarifications on your reports. Your work helps keep NH children and their communities free of vaccine preventable diseases! For child care immunization resources, visit our webpage

It’s not too late to get your flu vaccine and to encourage all families in your care to do the same. As you have heard, CDC is reporting that this is a particularly severe flu season and the flu is currently widespread in all of New England and across the USA. Sadly, of the 30 USA children who have died from the flu so far this season, some 85 percent had not been vaccinated. While the flu vaccine is not perfect and some people who get vaccinated may still get the flu, data suggests that flu vaccination may make the illness milder and protect you from hospitalization and death. Now is still a good time to get vaccinated!

Save the Date! The 2018 New Hampshire IMMUNIZATION CONFERENCE: Are You on Top of Your Immunization Game? will be held in Manchester on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. Visit for updates.

If you or your families have any immunization questions, contact NHIP at 603-271-4482.
Are you interested in learning how to teach young children with special needs and receiving specialized training in Assistive Technology? 

$25,000 Award to support earning a
M.Ed in Early Childhood Special Education at UNH
Early Learning NH is calling for nominations for our  2018 Excellence in Child Care Awards.
If you know someone worthy of this award, please fill out the attached nomination form. Nominations will be accepted if postmarked on or before  Friday, March 16th 2018 .  
The Credentialing Challenge Is On!
Save the Date
20th Annual Celebration of Early Childhood Professionals
Click here or on the picture for a printable copy.
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  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  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
Main Toll Free Line: 1-855-393-1731
Bilingual Support Line: 1-855-393-1731 x 28
Child Care Aware of NH Outreach Offices:
Southern/Main Regional Office
Eastern Regional Office
Concord Regional Office
Western Regional Office
Northern Regional Office 
Child Care Aware of NH Training & TA/Help Line:
(603) 578-1386, x 32
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(603) 227-6383
(603) 903-0830
(603) 752-1327 or (603) 323-7091
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