Monthly Minutes
February 2017
A Message from Child Care Aware of NH
January has flown by and it is time to welcome February. During this month, CC AoNH is preparing for some amazing professional development opportunities.  Be on the lookout for more information about Special Events that are coming soon; such as:  The NH Early Childhood Leadership Summit: Part 2 with Julie Barkus, a Saturday Special Training Day with Prudence Pease speaking about  Bridges out of Poverty:  Strategies for Professionals and Communities, A Caring for Our Children Conference in Portsmouth and A Special Training Day with Gaye Gronlund.  Gaye will be sharing her work and expertise in the training, Using the New Hampshire Early Learning Standards: A Practical, Idea-Filled Day to Make the Standards Truly Come Alive in Your Early Childhood Program. These special events are in addition to the trainings that we offer regularly around the state. 

During this cold winter, we are sending warm thoughts to all of the providers for their hard work and dedication to the children and families in NH.  Thank you for everything you do!
Our Latest News and Updates
Help us in congratulating all the Programs that completed the pilot year for the Progressive Training and TA Program 2015-2016!
Here is a list of programs that completed pilot year for the Progressive Training and TA Program.  Congratulations to the programs for a great year of growth and professional development.  
  • Child Development Center at White Mountains Community College
  • Lancaster Play and Learn Center
  • One Step Ahead Daycare
  • Cheryl Bailey's Day Care
  • Kendal at Hanover Children's Center
  • Busy Bees Child Care Center, LLC
  • The Winchester Learning Center
  • Keene Family YMCA Learning Center
  • The Learning Center at Concord Hospital
  • Silly Goose Day Care
  • Community Church of Alton Joyful Footsteps Preschool
  • St. Augustin Preschool
  • In His Steps Learning Center
  • Southern New Hampshire Services Child Development Center
  • Rochester Child Care Center
  • Jack and Jill School
  • Happy Helpers Preschool Educational Center
What's New on CCAoNH's Website!

The new website has been up and running for a few months now and we hope that everyone is liking the new site. The website project is ongoing.  We wanted to share with you some of the changes we have recently made.  
  1. We have added a Credentialing Page.  It can be found under the Providers tab.  
  2. We added a tab called Data Reports. In this section, you can find some great data about early childhood. There are three pages under Data Reports:  The Cost of Child Care, NH Child Care Deserts Map and the NH Market Rate Survey. 
  3. We also added a Vroom Page under the Resource tab.  
We hope you like the changes.  Click on the picture or the button below to visit the site.
Credentialing  Challenge:  100 Credentials in 100 Days!
Have you heard about the 2017 Credentialing Challenge?  Child Care Aware of NH and the Child Development Bureau are offering great prizes for those who want to take advantage of this opportunity!  
Click here or on the flyer for more details about how to participate.
Click here or on the flyer for more details about the Credentialing Challenge Kick-off Event!
CCAoNH will be closed February 20th in observance of Presidents' Day.  
Annual Training Calendar!
Check out what trainings we are offering this month in our Annual Training Calendar.
 Click  here  or on the picture to view it.
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.  

Rescheduled Trainings:

  • Assessing Your Rules of Engagement: Strengths Based Assessment with Families in Program and Classroom Environments: Tuesday, 2/21/17, 6:30-8:30 pmBearcamp Valley School, 27 Durrell Rd., Tamworth, 03886 (Originally Scheduled for 1/25/17)
  • Trauma Informed Early Childhood Services: Saturday, 5/13/17 9:00 am - 1:00 pm, Hampstead Academy, 314 East Road, Hampstead, 03841 (Originally scheduled for Saturday, 2/11/17)

Trainings to be Rescheduled:

  • Surviving Multi-Generational Staff and Creating Strong Work Teams: How Do I Work with Them?  Originally scheduled for Wednesday 2/15/17- new date to be determined, 6:30-8:30 pm, In HIS Steps Learning Center, 67 Henry Bridge Road, Goffstown, 03045 
  • CCB: Developing Cultural Competency in the Early Childhood Environment: Originally scheduled for Thursday, 1/26/17-new date to be determined, 6:15-9:15 pm, In HIS Steps Learning Center, 67 Henry Bridge Road, Goffstown, 03045 
The New Hampshire Early Childhood Leadership Summit: Part II
Manage, Motivate  & Retain Great Staff

March 9, 2017, 8:30 am-4:00 pm

Puritan Conference & Event Center      245 Hooksett Rd, Manchester, NH 03104

$50 - Registration Fee includes Part II training and lunch buffet

To register, click on

Registration is on-line only and preregistration is required. Registration fees are nonrefundable and non-transferable.

* 7 Hours of Professional Development Awarded 

Click here or on the flyer for a printable copy.
Click here or on the flyer for more details.
  Bridges out of Poverty:   Strategies for Professionals and Communities

March 11, 2017

8:30 am – 4:00 pm

     The Executive Court Banquet Facility          1199 South Mammoth Road    Manchester, NH 03109

$50 - Registration Fee includes training, lunch buffet and copy of the book, “Bridges out of Poverty” 

To register, click on  Registration is online only and pre-registration is required. Registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

*6.5 Hours of Professional Development Awarded 

Caring for Our Children: Health, Safety, and Nutrition Conference

Saturday, March 25, 2017

7:30 am - 3:15 pm

Great Bay Community College, Portsmouth
Using the New Hampshire Early Learning Standards: A Practical, Idea-Filled Day to Make the Standards Truly Come Alive in Your Early Childhood Program

Saturday, April 22, 2017
More information to come!
Register for trainings with no cost on the NH Professional Registry by clicking the button above.  
Register for trainings with a cost through Eventbrite by clicking on the button above.
Directors' & 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 the below dates, times and location to find a meeting near you

1st Week of the Month

  • Tuesday, February 7th,  Manchester, 9:30-11:30 am, Granite State College, 195 McGregor Street, 03102

  • Tuesday, February 7th, Nashua, 6:30-8:30 pm, CCAoNH, 88 Temple Street, 03060.  

  • Wednesday, February 1st, Concord, 9:30-11:30 am, Granite State College, 25 Hall Street, 03301.

  • Thursday, February 2nd, Peterborough, 6:30-8:30 pm, Monadnock Community Hospital452 Old Street Road,  03458. 

      2nd Week of the Month

  • Wednesday, February 8th, Derry, 9:30-11:30 am, Marion Gerrish Community Center, 39 West Broadway, 03038.
Click here or on the NH Professional Registry icon to sign-up for a collaborative near you .

3rd Week of the Month    
  • Tuesday, February 21st, Laconia, 9:30-11:30 am, Lakes Region Community Services, 719 North Main Street, 03246.

  • Wednesday, February 15th, Rochester, 9:30-11:30 am, Granite State College, 35 Industrial Way, 03887.   

  • Thursday, February 16th, Nashua, 9:30-11:30 am, Nashua Community College, Room 223, 505 Amherst Street, 03063.

  • Thursday, February 16th,  Claremont, 6:30-8:30 pm, River Valley Community College, 1 College Place, 03743.

        4th Week of the Month
  • Tuesday, February 28th, Exeter, 9:30-11:30 am, Christ Church, 43 Pine Street, 03883. 

  • Tuesday, February 28th, Lancaster1:30-3:30 pm, Passumpsic Bank, 117 Main Street, 03584.
  • Thursday, February 23rd, Tamworth, 6:30-8:30 pm, TriCAP Building448 White Mountain Hwy, 03886. 
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

Please click  here  or on the button above for a complete list of Child Care Aware of NH Training Registration Policies which can be found in the Annual Training
Calendar on pages 2-4 .
Child Care Aware Training  Academy
Looking for even more professional development opportunities?
Check out Child Care Aware Training Academy.  Click here or on the picture to the left for more details. 
Resources to Share with Families
Vroom Tip Card Activity
When it’s time to put away laundry, have your child help you sort the clothes by who they belong to. You can ask things like “Is this your shirt or my shirt?" Then ask him/her whether the shirt would fit him/her. Why or why not?
Brainy Background:
These kinds of conversations help your child make comparisons and build his/her understanding of how things are the same and different. They also build his/her reasoning skills, as he/she explains why a small shirt wouldn't fit on a big person, and vice versa.

Get more Vroom tips at

Click here for an article to share with families about vaccinations titled, "Too Many Vaccines".

For more information about vaccinations please visit:

February is National Children's Dental Health Month.

Here are some tips from the American Dental Association Mouth Healthy Site on how to care for children's teeth.  For more information visit:

The ADA recommends parents take children to a dentist no later than their first birthday. Here's what you can do at home to start healthy habits:

  • Begin cleaning your baby’s mouth during the first few days after birth by wiping the gums with a clean, moist gauze pad or washcloth. As soon as teeth appear, decay can occur. A baby’s front four teeth usually push through the gums at about 6 months of age, although some children don’t have their first tooth until 12 or 14 months.
  • Until you’re comfortable that your child can brush on his or her own, continue to brush your child's teeth twice a day with a child-size toothbrush and a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. When your child has two teeth that touch, you should begin flossing their teeth daily.
  • For children younger than 3 years, caregivers should begin brushing children’s teeth as soon as they begin to come into the mouth by using fluoride toothpaste in an amount no more than a smear or the size of a grain of rice. Brush teeth thoroughly twice per day (morning and night) or as directed by a dentist or physician. Supervise children’s brushing to ensure that they use of the appropriate amount of toothpaste.
  • For children 3 to 6 years of age, use a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. Brush teeth thoroughly twice per day (morning and night) or as directed by a dentist or physician. Supervise children’s brushing and remind them not to swallow the toothpaste.

Other Early Childhood News & Updates
Please click  here  for a printable copy of the Save the Date.
Click here or on the picture for more details about this training opportunity.
The Science of Early Learning and Adversity: Daily Leadership to Promote Development
and Buffer Stress

A professional development institute open to early education directors and administrators across the mixed delivery system.
Featuring Keynote Speaker Walter Gilliam 
Quality Investment Initiative

Congratulations to the 
Barrington Village Family and Child Enrichment Center.  They were awarded the designation of Licensed Plus through their work with  The Quality Investment Initiative.
Employment Opportunities
Job opportunities are included as a courtesy to programs requesting that information be shared and disseminated. Please note that Child Care Aware of NH will disseminate this information once through the next available e-newsletter depending upon the date sent. Submissions must be email ready and should be sent to Submissions received by the 7th of the month will be placed in the "At-A-Glance" e-newsletter and submissions received by the 25th of the month will be placed in the "Monthly Minutes" e-newsletter.
Easterseals Child Development Center is now hiring professional Early Childhood Educators.
  • Full-Time Lead Teacher Positions available
  • Click here for more information 
If interested in applying, please send your resume to Jessica Carluccio at or call 603-621-3537.  

Southern NH Services Head Start is looking for dynamic & caring early childhood professionals with a strong commitment to providing high quality services. Be part of a team that promotes school readiness and makes a real difference in the lives of children. Available positions include:

  • Full year Head Start teaching positions in Hillsborough & Nashua
  • Family Worker positions in Nashua and Seabrook
  • Click here for more details.

Go to for more information on career opportunities, programs and locations!

Email SNHS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The Elliot Child Care Center in Manchester is seeking qualified Lead and Associate teachers for their Infant room. Come join our teaching team, based in a state-of-the art facility!
Our parent organization recognizes the importance of early childhood education and early learning experiences for children, and values the work of early childhood professionals. Our early childhood teachers develop and facilitate activities to assist children in the areas of language, motor, social, and cognitive development, while building meaningful and lasting relationships with children and families.
For more information on this exciting opportunity or to apply, please visit

Tina is looking for someone who loves working with children infants to toddlers in a small classroom setting, must have at least nine ECE credits and a flexible schedule. 

Please call 603-332-9695 and ask for Tina.


Child Care Aware of New Hampshire 
Contact Information
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Thank you,
Child Care Aware of NH Team

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