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

June is here, the flowers are blooming, the sun is finally shining and warmer weather has started to arrive. Southern New Hampshire Services, Child Care Aware of NH is looking forward to an awesome month.
Our staff is hard at work helping families and providers. Child Care Resource and Referral Outreach Specialists have spent the month of May 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 to clarify data from the 2019 Annual Provider Information Update. Ou r Training and TA Specialists are busy supporting providers through technical assistance, trainings, Leadership Collaboratives, the Progressive Training and TA Program and Cohort groups.

P lease note, that Child Care Aware of NH does not offer training or Leadership Collaboratives in July or August . We will resume professional development opportunities in September 2019. However during the summer months, be on the lookout for flyers, brochures and the 2019-2020 Annual Training Calendar. If you want professional development over the summer, look below for possible online opportunities .

Several of our staff traveled to Maine for the Northern New England Community Action Conference. The Conference was from May 14-17, 2019. During the trip, staff members had the opportunity to hear from many different speakers on a variety of topics from self-care to what to do with data.

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
Website Redesign!
CCAoNH is redesigning the website. This site is the  Consumer Education Website for the Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration. With that in mind, the redesign for the new site will make it 508 compliant, which means it will more accessible to people with disabilities. If there are pieces that you love on our current site or things that you would like to see moving forward, send us an email to outreach2ccrr@snhs.org.

With the new redesign, CCAoNH wanted a strong NH feel to the site. One way we choose to do this was by hiring a professional photographer, MCAG Photography, to take picture at early childhood programs across the State. The new site will have photos from real NH programs, with real NH teachers and children. Check out a few of the photos.
Putting Training into Action
New Morning School in Bedford is a Progressive Training and TA Program. They received training and technical assistance to help them reach their goals around the Early Learning Standards Initiative. New Morning School in Bedford worked diligently over the past year to incorporate the NH Early Learning Standards into every aspect of their programming. In April, they hosted a culminating Open House Event showcasing their hard work and commitment to incorporating ELS into their program. Congratulations New Morning School on a job well done! Check out the pictures below of their event!
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 outreach2ccrr@snhs.org and we will share your anecdote in our new Monthly Minutes section, Putting Training Into Action.
Training Opportunites and Upcoming Events
2018-2019 Annual Training Calendar
The Annual Training Calendar is a tool to intentionally plan for professional development. It shows all of the trainings that CCAoNH will host from
September 2018 - June 2019.

“If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.”
- Henry Ford

Click  here or on the cover to view the 2018-2019 Annual Training Calendar.
Please note that Child Care Aware of NH does not offer training in July or August. We will resume professional development opportunities in September 2019. However during the summer months, be on the lookout for flyers, brochures and the 2019-2020 Annual Training Calendar.

If you want professional development over the summer, check out the links below for possible opportunities.
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. 

Register for a Leadership Collaborative through the NH Professional Registry .
Click   here   to print our Leadership Collaborative Information Sheet to help you remember when and where our Leadership Collaboratives are held!
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. (During this training window, there are no current webinars available.)
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 3-5 in the 2018-2019 Annual Training Calendar. Click here or on the cover to access the Annual Training Calendar.
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:  https://www.nsc.org/events/safety-observance-calendar .
  June 2019 Is National Safety Month!
"June, National Safety Month focuses on reducing leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road and in our homes and communities. The National Safety Council provides downloadable resources highlighting a different safety topic for each week in June. Topics for 2019 are Hazard Recognition, Slips, Trips and Falls, Fatigue and Impairment. Taken from the National Safety Council website. Click here or below to visit the site and request resources.
Resources to Share with Families
National Families Month
Strong, healthy and happy families are the foundation of our society. National Families Month begins in May including both Mother’s Day and Father’s Day and ends in June. Check out this resource and share it with families about common traits that strong families share. 
National Camping and Great Outdoors Month
NH is full of beautiful sites and campgrounds. Check out a list of NH State Parks.
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).
Important Reminders for
Criminal Background Checks Submissions
Please go to our website https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/oos/cclu/fingerprinting.htm for all the CURRENT forms for completing a criminal background check and for applying for the employment eligibility card.

NOTE: The forms are formatted to allow information to be TYPED into the form and then printed for signatures. Please type whenever possible. We have many errors due to trying to decipher handwriting.

ALL FORMS are submitted to CCLU and have detailed instructions. In addition to reading the instructions on the forms, please take a moment to review for these items below so we can process the forms as quickly as possible and avoid needing to return them to you for corrections.

Household and Personnel Form – This form is critical as it informs CCLU of new employees age 14+, household members age 10+, or current employees that are renewing their background check. It includes notice to the individual that abuse and neglect registries and sex offender registries are checked and included in our evaluation of their eligibility for employment:
  • Start date – include an anticipated date if the employee has not yet started, or at least the year the employee started working in the program, such as 2010, when renewing a background check for current staff or submitting a criminal background check for current staff who just turned 18 years of age.
  • All CURRENT staff must complete background checks every 5 years. This includes submitting the Household and Personnel Form along with submission of fingerprints.
  • Make sure Last Name is listed first, and Maiden Name if applicable is in ( ) so it is recorded correctly in our database.
  • Only list states OTHER THAN NH that were lived in the previous 5 years. Leave blank if the employee has been living in NH for 5 or more years. Include the applicable forms for all states listed as directed here: https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/oos/cclu/out-of-state-checks.htm
  • Under "Previous 6 months NH child care employment" – the individual must list where they worked in the previous 6 months ONLY. This includes listing the program they are currently working at if that is where they have worked in the previous 6 months.

Volunteers should only submit a Household and Personnel Form and Criminal History Record Information Authorization when they are included in ratio or have unsupervised access to children, such as on a field trip.

CCLU will send this letter if we return background check forms that we cannot process. You may find it helpful to print out and keep as a checklist when you submit someone new or for renewal of his or her background check. If you receive this letter, respond to this request for information immediately and include the letter sent so we know you are responding to our request for additional information. We have recently updated the form to include a due date, as we found we are not receiving the information requested as quickly as needed to complete the background check process.

If you need assistance with the background check process, please call the main office at (603) 271-9025. Our wonderful support staff - Patty Galloway, Pat Fish, or Cyndi Haywood - will answer the phone and provide assistance. If they are unable to answer your question, they will refer you to a licensing coordinator, as at least one is available daily to return calls. Please leave a message if you reach our voicemail so your call can be returned as soon as possible!

Until next month!
Melissa Clement Chief, Child Care Licensing Unit 
Territory List
Other Early Childhood News & Updates
June 27 and 28, 2019  

This two-day, on-campus institute will be led by Nonie Lesaux and Stephanie Jones, HGSE faculty and co-directors of the  Saul Zaentz Early Education Initiative  and  Junlei Li ,  Saul Zaentz Senior Lecturer in early childhood education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Dr. Li will present the tools and resources of “Simple Interactions,”  a collaboration between the Fred Rogers Center on Early Learning and Children’s Media (led by guest presenter Dana Winters) and the Zaentz Initiative. They will explore with participants the essential question: “How do we encourage, enrich, and empower the human relationships around children through practice, program, and policy?”
Calling all Kindergarten Teachers
The State of NH has a Tickborne Disease Curriculum Kit. Check it out!
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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