February 2021 Monthly Minutes
A Message from Child Care Aware of NH
Hello Providers,

February has arrived with winter storms and cold weather. During this winter season, Child Care Aware of NH powered by Southern New Hampshire Services has some great things planned, all virtual, to help you stay on top of your professional development without having to go anywhere!

Our Training and TA Specialists are here to help. We are offering Early Childhood Focused Collaboratives, Trainings, Special Events, Communities of Practice, Peer Learning Communities and a Cohort opportunity. Also don't forget, you can now apply to be a Progressive Training and TA Program at any time. See below for more details about all of our professional development opportunities.

The Child Care Resource and Referral Outreach Specialists have spent a lot of time supporting program administrators/providers with the new NH Child Care Search Portal. They continue to assist directors in gaining access to the new system as well as provide referrals to families seeking child care and helping families with remote learning options.

We have some exciting news! Last week, we released the "Masking in Child Care Guide". The hope that this tool will help support families, children and providers in masking in a child care program. Look below for more details.

Have you checked out the new Training Collections that CCAoNH has put together for you through ProSolutions. Check below for flyers and more details.

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
"Masking in Child Care Guide"

Check out our "Masking in Child Care Guide"! This guide is full of helpful hints and great resources for you to use to support children, staff and families with masking in child care.

Be on the lookout! We are creating a Masking Video as well to help support children, families and providers. We hope to capture voices from the field, families and children about their experiences with masking.
New Training Collections from CCAoNH
Child Care Aware of NH is excited to provide two new training collections: the NH Cares Training Collection (NHCTC) and the NH Business Management and Director Training Collection.

Get the Details:
  • Trainings are free
  • These trainings may be taken individually
  • Participants will be awarded 1 hour of professional development for each completed training
  • Upon completion of these trainings, credit for attending can be accessed through your training transcript found in the NH Professional Registry
  • Training may be accessed through your ProSolutions account or by creating an account
More information will be coming soon! But check out below for a sneak peek and the training collections.
NH Cares Training Collection
  • Tender Topics: Handling Trauma with Children and Youth
  • Toxic Stress in Young Children
  • COVID-19 Guidelines for Early Care and Education Programs
  • Promoting Professional Resilience in Staff
  • In It Together: Navigating Virtual Learning for Teachers and Families
NH Business Management and Director Training Collection
  • Your New Role: Early Care and Education Program Director
  • Taking Care of Business: An Administrator's Overview
  • Just Breathe: Dealing with Stress
  • Leading with Heart: How to Build Effective Teams
  • Hiring and Retaining Good Staff
  • To Post or Not to Post? Social Media in Education
  • The Program Director’s Role in Conflict Resolution
  • Managing the Details: Helpful Forms to Use With Staff and Children
  • Pathways to Professional Development: No Staff Left Behind
  • It’s the Law: Legal and Regulatory Concerns for Program Directors
  • Best Practices and Guidelines for Reflective Supervision
  • Successful Coaching and Mentoring for Employee Growth
These new ProSolutions trainings were able to be obtained through the funds provided through a sole source contract under a grant agreement with the State of New Hampshire, Department of Health and Human Services, with funds provided in part by the state of New Hampshire and/or such other funding sources as were available or required, e.g., the United States of Health and Human Services.
Professional Development Opportunities
and Upcoming Events
2020-2021 Virtual Annual Training Calendar
Click here or on the 2020-2021 Virtual Annual Training Calendar for a printable copy.
Click here or on the Different Types of Professional Development Opportunities Flyer for a printable copy.
The 2020-2021 Virtual Annual Training Calendar is a fluid document that will be updated and changed as needed. You will always be able to find the most current version of the Calendar on our website.
Early Childhood Focused Collaborative Meetings
CCAoNH has redesigned how we are offering our Early Childhood Focused Collaborative Meetings. Please note, that on the 26th of each month the Early Childhood Focused Collaborative Meeting topics will be emailed out to you. You may attend more than one Collaborative per month!

Click here or on the flyer for a printable copy.
ERS Virtual TA Cohort
This Cohort consists of navigating the ERS tools, using the tools to assess your program and adapt your environment to enhance program quality through the four (4) Subscales: Space and Furnishings, Language and Literacy, Learning Activities and Interactions. Early Childhood Cohorts bring multiple programs together. Participants will have the opportunity to collaborate with peers, obtain resources, and get support through training and technical assistance in a cooperative group setting. 

Progressive Training & TA Program
Let's get started on making those meaningful changes to your program together...
Apply to be a Progressive Training and TA Program this year!
CCAoNH has open enrollment for the Progressive Training and TA Program.
That means you can apply to be a Progressive Training and TA Program when it works for your program! You will find the application on the Technical Assistance page under the Provider Tab off of the Professional Development section.

We have several Progressive Training and TA topics programs can choose from this year:
  • Environment Rating Scale
  • Infant & Toddler Team Initiative
  • NH Early Learning Standards
  • Program Emergency Preparedness and Response
  • Pyramid Model Intro and Overview
  • Strengthening Families, Strengthening Care

The Progressive Training and Technical Assistance Program is an opportunity for your program to participate in focused and facilitated teambuilding that promotes professionalism and program quality.

Want to know more? Contact us at ccrrtraining@snhs.org, (603) 578-1386, ext. 2532, nh-connections.org: Technical Assistance page or on LiveChat.
Community of Practice
Peer Learning Community
Special Events
Using Your Outdoor Voice for Real Change: A Showing and Discussion of No Small Matter

Tuesday, February 16, 2021
6:30-8:00 PM

Register through Eventbrite

Click here or on the flyer for details
Spring 2021: NH Early Childhood Leadership Summit
Graceful Leadership

Thursday, March 11, 2021
8:30 AM-1:30 PM

Register through Eventbrite

Click here on on the flyer for details
CCAoNH Online Registration Process
CCAoNH has enacted several measures to our online Zoom trainings to ensure that any potential hacking is minimized.

  • The morning of the online Zoom professional development, participants will receive an email with the Zoom URL Code to join the professional development opportunity 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 for evening professional development.
  • Notices will be sent to the email that is in the participant's 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 the 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.
Register for trainings with a cost on Eventbrite.
Register for trainings at Go to Meeting offered by the Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration
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.
February 2021 is American Heart Month! 

During February, participate in "Living a Long and Healthy Life: Keeping hearts beating gets our hearts pumping". According to the American Heart Association, "They have an unhealthy obsession with your health. They fund science that helps figure out new ways to lower your blood pressure and keep your heart healthy so you can live your best life." Check here to learn more.
Resources to Share with Families
National Soup Day
Did you know that February 4th is National Soup Day?
Share your favorite soup recipes with the families in your program.
February is National
Bird Feeding Month
Share with families different ways to make your own bird feeder. Then get the binoculars ready for some bird watching!
Other Early Childhood News & Updates
Resource Guide
From the Office of Child Care’s Initiative
To Improve the Social and Emotional Wellness of Children
The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has swiftly and substantially affected the social and emotional health of children, especially those experiencing multiple hardships. As the COVID-19 pandemic has spread across the United States, many children are experiencing widespread disruptions in daily life. Young children are reacting to stress as their parent and caregiver routines change. Children may have strong feelings of fear, worry, sadness, and anger about the pandemic and related issues that affect behavior at home and in child care.
Training Opportunity
Creating a Data-Use Culture in Leadership and Learning Communities: A Bootcamp for Early Education Leaders, being offered by the Zaentz Professional Learning Academy, taking place from March 2-11, 2021.

This virtual program will be guided by Nonie Lesaux and Stephanie Jones, HGSE faculty and co-directors of the Saul Zaentz Early Education Initiative, and will include live, interactive sessions that focus on reviewing key types of information to gather in the domains of behavior management, social-emotional learning, and language & literacy. Participants will discover novel ways to create systems and supports for effective data collection and use in systems, centers, and classrooms. 

Registration ends February 22, 2021.
COVID-19 Vaccines
As we travel through the journey of COVID 19 Vaccination, there are many questions about the vaccine itself, how it was developed and when should people get it. It varies depending upon state, including NH. 
State of STEM and Inclusion in Early Education Survey
The STEMIE Team is asking you to participate in the “State of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and Inclusion in Early Education” Survey. This study is important because they are collecting data from current early intervention and early childhood practitioners and agency leaders to the STEM Innovations for Inclusion in Early Education Center (STEMIE), a national center funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Your experiences, beliefs, and practices can help them design the most useful and innovative professional development resources and ways to ensure that each and every child is included in high quality STEM experiences. If you are interested, please click the link below and choose the survey appropriate for you:
Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us.
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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