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

July has arrived with its warm nights and warmer days. Child Care Aware of NH powered by Southern New Hampshire Services is excited to share our plans for the summer with you.

This past month, Child Care Resource and Referral Outreach Specialists have spent a lot of time maintaining and updating our database with programs that are opened, closed, reopening and the number of vacancies available.  If you have current vacancies please reach out to CCAoNH by using the emergency child care lines: (603) 578-1386, ext. 2528 and ext. 2533 or toll free (855)-393-1731, ext. 2528 and ext. 2533.

The Training and TA Specialists are wrapping up our virtual professional development opportunities. They are now starting to prepare for the next training calendar year. Typically, CCAoNH does not offer professional development opportunities during the summer; however, this year we are changing it up a bit. We will be offering the Early Childhood Leadership Collaboaritve: Promoting the Pyramid Model in Early Childhood Settings , Environment Rating Scale Virtual TA Cohort  and two Summer Sneak Peak Collaboratives with the CCAoNH Leadership Team. See below for more information.

Child Care Aware of NH has recently released Voices from the Field: Mini-Video Series . Furthermore later this month, we will be releasing two more videos. Look below for more information about this project.

Be on the lookout for CCAoNH's Annual Provider Survey. The survey will be released later this month. This is a great way for Child Care Aware of NH to gather your thoughts and opinions as we plan for future programming.

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 for the Fourth of July
Child Care Aware of NH, powered by Southern New Hampshire Services will be closed Friday, July 3, 2020 in observance of Independence Day. We will resume normal business hours on Monday, July 6, 2020.
Voices from the Field: Mini-Video Series
As the field of early childhood adapts, shifts and rebuilds through COVID, CCAoNH wanted to personalize and illustrate the efforts programs are making to continue providing quality child care to New Hampshire’s children and families. Furthermore later this month, we will be releasing two more video compilations. One will focus on programs in action outdoors and in general operation to highlight the work and care being provided to NH's children and their families. The other video is entitled "We Can Do It" and will help lift spirits and show how we have adapted and worked through COVID-19.

We want to thank everyone who has supported us through the making of these videos through sending us pictures and videos to use. In addition, thank you for the wonderful feedback we have received from this project. Lastly, a special thank you to Susannah Taitte Williams who created the finished videos.
What Is New on the Website
We have created a new page on the website, Voices from the Field: A Mini-Video Series. Check out the page to see all the recent videos we have released on how to adapt your program during COVID-19.
If you 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!
Training Opportunities and Upcoming Events
Online CCAoNH Collaboratives
CCAoNH is continue to offer the Early Childhood Leadership Collaborative: Promoting the Pyramid Model in Early Childhood. This Collaborative focuses on the Pyramid Model. Click here on on the flyer for more details.
CCAoNH Summer Sneak Peak Collaborative

This summer the CCAoNH Leadership Team will be offering two sneak peak collaboratives. More information will be available soon.
Save the Dates:
Tuesday, July 14, 2020 & Tuesday, August 18, 2020
CCAoNH Online Registration Process
CCAoNH has enacted several measures to our online Zoom trainings to ensure that any potential hacking is minimized.

  • Participants must pre-register in the NH Professional Registry for Online Zoom training.  
  • The morning of the online Zoom training, participants will receive an email with the Zoom URL Code to join the training 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.
  • Notices will be sent to the email that is in the participants 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 this 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 by clicking on the "R" icon.
COVID-19 Updates
Here are the most current updates for COVID-19:
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 .
  July 2020 Is National  National Fireworks Safety Month and National Heat Stroke Month !

Fireworks Safety Month
"Summer is synonymous with barbecues, parades and fireworks. The National Safety Council advises everyone to enjoy fireworks at public displays conducted by professionals, and not to use any fireworks at home. They may be legal but they are not safe."  National Safety Council

National Heatstroke Prevention Month and Day
"July is National Heatstroke Prevention Month with July 31st being National Heatstroke and Prevention Day. As summer heats up, heatstroke continues to be the number one vehicle-related killer of children, outside of car crashes, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Children are more vulnerable to heatstroke than adults, especially in the summer months and when it starts to get hot outside.

Since 1998, more than 790 children across the United States have died from heatstroke when left unattended in a vehicle. Those deaths have occurred in the following ways:
  • The child was forgotten by a caregiver—54 percent.
  • The child gained access to an unattended vehicle—26 percent.
  • The child was intentionally left in the vehicle by an adult—18 percent.
  • The cause of the child’s death is unknown—1 percent.
 
In 2018, 52 children died from heatstroke, the highest number of deaths on record. Since 2015 there has been a gradual increase in annual deaths from vehicle-related heatstroke.
 
Because children are more vulnerable to heatstroke than adults, especially in the summer months, please share the following links to tip sheets and resources with families to help remind everyone to   look before you lock."  Administration for Children and Families Office of Child Care
Resources to Share with Families
New Hampshire Housing Relief Program

Southern New Hampshire Services, our lead agency and Community Action Partnerships across the State are now accepting applications for one time assistance grants.

Just remember to Look, Say, Sing, Play

NSPCC has teamed up with  Vroom™ to give you some fun and easy tips to help you bring even more Look, Say, Sing and Play into your daily routine with your baby.

"Right now, we know it's a real struggle to find things to do with your little ones while you're indoors a lot of the time. But we've got you. It might not seem like it, but those small, everyday moments with your little ones, like singing twinkle twinkle or playing peek-a-book, aren't just helping you bond with your baby, they're building their brain too." Check out some fun easy tips to help you build you babies brain
Strawberry Picking

Check out some places in NH to go strawberry picking with your little one.
Other Early Childhood News & Updates
Introduction to the
NH Early Learning Standards webinars

Check out this professional development opportunity to learn about the
NH Early Learning Standards.
Tuesday, July 21 st  or Tuesday, October 13 th  
Getting Information & Resources You Need for
Child Care Recovery & Stabilization: a Webinar Series
In this series of webinars, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and partners will share timely information on COVID-19 related updates and activities, including health and safety, the Child Care Recovery and Stabilization Program, and resources and support for early childhood and afterschool providers and programs. Participants will hear brief updates from DHHS and other state agencies and have an opportunity to ask questions and share ideas. Click here or on the flyer for more details
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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