August 2019 Monthly Minutes
A Message from Child Care Aware of NH
Hello Providers,

August is here and we are so excited. Child Care Aware of NH powered by Southern New Hampshire Services is hard at work helping families find child care and gearing up for the next training season.
Child Care Resource and Referral Outreach Specialist s have spent the month of July providing referrals to families, visiting District Offices, working with Workplace Success and doing community outreach. Currently, our Child Care Resource and Referral Outreach Specialists are calling providers who have expired licenses in our database. Having a current licence on file helps us capture the most accurate information and give reliable referrals to families. They are also  updating the community resources in our database, so they can share additional information with families.

Training and TA Specialists are doing lots of behind the scene work. In the fall, we provide two conferences and multiple special events, in addition to the trainings in the Annual Training Calendar. All of these events are being planned and organized now; so that, CCAoNH offers a full and exciting fall line-up to providers. Be on the lookout in mid August for our Annual Training Calendar. Also coming this fall are the event flyers, and conference brochures for each event.

In addition to our training season, Training and TA Specialists are getting ready for the 2019-2020 Leadership Collaboratives, Progressive Training and TA Programs and Early Childhood Cohorts for Emergency Planning and Strengthening Families. We are excited about the services that we will be offering and can't wait to share them all with you. Be on the lookout mid August for the new Leadership Collaborative flyer and applications to participate in a Progressive or Cohort. Look below for more information on what each program offers.

This year, CCAoNH is collaborating with the University of New Hampshire in partnership with the Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration on a new project, the  “Best Practices in Action” Initiative  through funds provided by the  Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five Initiative (PDG B5) . This grant, from the Office of Child Care, Administration for Children and Families, US Department of Health and Human Services aims to understand the State’s early childhood system and to create a plan to improve the outcomes for children, families, schools and communities throughout New Hampshire. Look for a special announcement soon on the  “Best Practices in Action” Initiative  and what it will bring to the State to support the PDG B5's mission.

CCAoNH is expanding our services for the Best Practices in Action Initiative and we have two NEW open positions : a  Kindergarten Play-Based Instructional Coach and an Environment Rating Scale Anchor. In addition, we also have two Training and TA Specialist positions open. If you are interested in joining a dynamic team and making an impact on the early childhood world visit for more information.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for every thing you do for families and children. We hope that you enjoy this month's edition of Monthly Minutes. 
Our Latest News and Updates
Child Care Aware of NH
Progressive Training and TA Program
& Early Childhood Cohorts
Child Care Aware of New Hampshire offers technical assistance as part of our services to providers. Technical assistance is coaching and mentoring to help directors, providers and the field grow in specific state initiatives. Providers can access these services free of charge in a multitude of ways. Providers can call our offices, email us, speak to us in person, invite us for an on-site visit and/or participate in either an upcoming Progressive Training and TA Program or the New Early Childhood Cohorts. Be on the lookout in mid-August for flyers and applications for both Progressives and Cohorts!
The Progressive Training and TA Program is an option that offers programs individualized technical assistance. Programs commit to work with CCAoNH on a long term basis to improve quality and practices around one of five State Initiatives:
  • Progressive Professional Development of Staff-Helps to get staff into the NH Professional Registry and to get credentialed through the NH Professional Development System.
  • Strengthening Families, Strengthening Care-Helps programs evaluate their current practices around family engagement and make individual program goals to increase their work with the families they serve.
  • Program Emergency Preparedness and Response-Helps programs further develop their Emergency Operations Plan and Continuity of Operation Plans, as well as practice the Emergency Operations drill to help them be more equipped for an emergency.
  • NH Early Learning Standards-Helps programs incorporate the NH Early Learning Standards into the daily activities, planning and communication with families.
  • Infant & Toddler Team Initiative-Helps a program's infant and toddler providers to get their Infant/Toddler Endorsement as well as works to incorporate the NH Early Learning Standards into their program.
CCAoNH's Early Childhood Cohorts uses an approach that brings multiple programs together that want to work on the same specific State initiative. Participants have the opportunity to collaborate with peers as they obtain resources and support through professional development and technical assistance in a cooperative group setting. In 2019-2020, CCAoNH is offering three different Cohorts:

  • Exploring Strengthening Families in a Child Care Cohort-Helps programs to assess their current family engagement practices, identify resources that are available to both the program and families, as well as create goals to sustain change in their practice to ensure the support of our New Hampshire families.
  • Emergency Operations Planning in a Child Care Cohort-Helps programs enhance their existing Emergency Operations Plan to be comprehensive, sustainable and well-practiced to satisfy Child Care Licensing Rules
  • Family Child Care Emergency Planning Cohort-Helps programs operated from the home to enhance their existing Emergency Operations Plans to be comprehensive, sustainable and well-practiced to satisfy Child Care Licensing Rules.
What's New On The Website
We added a Guide to Family Engagement under Provider Resources. This guide's intent was to create a starting point for centers wishing to adopt the Strengthening Families Framework. 

CCAoNH would to thank the Exploring Strengthening Families Cohort members for their work on this project! We appreciate all your time and effort. THANK YOU!
  • Shelley German, “Dynamic Foundations for Families”, Pelham
  • Kathryn Yost, “Dynamic Foundations for Families”, Pelham
  • Kimberly McKenney, Easterseals Child Development and Family Resource Center, Manchester
  • Martha Sharp, Easterseals Child Development and Family Resource Center, Manchester
  • Kaila Barr, Live and Learn Early Learning Center, Lee
  • Johanna Booth-Miner, Live and Learn Early Learning Center, Lee
  • Nicole Mason, Live and Learn Early Learning Center, Lee
  • Danielle Perkins, Live and Learn Early Learning Center, Lee
  • Melissa Tucker, Live and Learn Early Learning Center, Lee
  • Michelle Bissonnette, Miss Patty’s Child Care Center, Dover
  • Kitty Larochelle, The Growing Years, Manchester
  • Jill Lavoie, The Growing Years, Manchester 
Putting Training into Action
The staff at Saint Leo Catholic Children's Center worked to create "to go kits" that allowed them to ensure they had items necessary for evacuation, but also that worked for them if they needed to leave in a hurry. They found these wheeled backpacks that are quick and easy to grab and are packed with their emergency materials and information. 
Discovery Child Enrichment Center wanted to ensure that staff understood and had access to important emergency information at all times. They created these response action guides in all of their classrooms which provide specific steps to follow during emergencies. The staff worked together to ensure the language was applicable and easy to follow.  
Have you or someone you work with been inspired by a training? Have you implemented an idea, thought or concept you learned in a professional development opportunity? If you answered yes, share your stories with us. We would love to hear how CCAoNH trainings and TA have inspired your work. Send your story to and we will share your anecdote in our new Monthly Minutes section, Putting Training Into Action.
CCAoNH Trainings
All About the ITERS-3: A Training with An Author
August 22, 2019 - August 23, 2019
9:00 am to 4:00 pm

The Common Man
25 Water Street, Concord, NH 03301

$20.00 Registration Fee
Participants will receive lunch and the ITERS-3 book as part of the registration fee.

To register, go to

Registration is on-line only and
pre-registration is required.

Registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Click here or on the flyer for a printable copy.
Leadership Collaboratives
Child Care Aware of NH offers Leadership 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. 

Please be on the lookout in mid-August for the 2019-2020 list of Leadership Collaborative.
We have added two new locations this training season: Derry and Plymouth!
Monthly Health and Safety Topics
Emergency planning happens year round. NEW this calendar year, we will highlight safety themes each month including resources. The National Safety Council has a list of themes and events: .
August 2019 Is National Immunization Awareness Month and Children's Eye Health & Safety Month!

National Immunization Awareness Month
" National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) is an annual observance held in August to highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages. Click here for resources to assist you in communicating to healthcare professionals, parents, and patients about immunization during August and throughout the year. " Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Children's Eye Health and Safety Month
"Children's Eye Health and Safety Month was created to inspire parents to make their child’s vision health a priority. Family-friendly resources on a wide variety of topics that help parents take the right steps to keep their child's sight healthy for life can be found at  and through the  National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness (NCCVEH) website. Topics covered include amblyopia (lazy eye), strabismus (crossed eyes), UV-protection and sports safety, and the Affordable Care Act and children’s vision." Prevent Blindness
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.
  • 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).
Please check back in September for a new Monthly Message.
Territory List
Other Early Childhood News & Updates
Introduction to the NH Early Learning Standards Webinar
Interested in learning about the NH Early Learning Standards? Check out this online webinar!

August 13, 2019
6:15-7:45 pm
Click here to register for the webinar!
2nd Annual Mindfulness in Society Conference

September 13 & 14 

Click here or on the flyer for a printable copy.
Click here for the link to the conference website.
Child Care Aware of New Hampshire 
Contact Information
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Thank you,
Child Care Aware of NH Team

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