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

Welcome Spring! The weather is starting to turn warmer and Southern New Hampshire Services, Child Care Aware of NH is looking forward to an awesome April.
Child Care Resource and Referral Outreach Specialists have spent the month of March providing referrals to families, visiting District Offices, working with Workplace Success and doing community outreach. Last month, our Outreach Specialists prepared and mailed the 2019 Annual Provider Information Update. The Provider Information Update is a major update we do to our database every spring. Keeping our database up-to-date with your program's current information helps us give the most accurate referrals to families seeking child care. We are already receiving many updates. so keep them coming! Thank you for your assistance!

Our Training and TA Specialists are busy supporting providers through technical assistance, trainings, Leadership Collaboratives, the Progressive Training and TA Program and Cohort groups. Last month, we hosted the Spring NH Early Childhood Leadership Summit on Thursday, March 14, 2019. The presenters were amazing and it was an invigorating day of professional development. This month, on April 6, 2019, we are hosting the Caring for Our Children Conference in Portsmouth. See below for more details about these events.

The 2019 Annual Provider Survey will be sent this week! Be on the lookout for a hard copy coming to your program. The survey is not just for directors and owners of programs, we want to hear back from everyone. Please see below to download your own copy of the survey. We take the information you provide to inform our decisions about what we will do moving forward. Please take the time to complete the survey. We want to hear from you.

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. 
Our Latest News and Updates
2019 Annual Provider Update information Form
The 2019 Annual Provider Information Update Form has been mailed. Programs should have already received the 2019 Annual Provider Update Form in the mail and a separate email has already gone out.  It is important that we receive a full and complete update of all aspects in your program on an annual basis. Your assistance with this is essential!

We would greatly appreciate it if you would take a moment to complete the 2019 Annual Provider Update Form. Below are links to the Annual Provider Letter, Raffle, and Update Forms. 

The 2019 Annual Provider Update Form can be completed one of two ways. The first is electronically. Simply download the fillable form below. Fill in the form and email it back to  ccrr@snhs.org. Or if you prefer to print and complete your Annual Provider Update use the printable form below and mail it back to Child Care Aware of NH, Attention Tracy Pond, 88 Temple Street, Nashua, NH 03060. 

CCAoNH thanks you in advance for completing and returning your 2019 Annual Provider Update! 
2019 Annual Provider Information Update Forms on the way to the post office. Over 1,000 updates were mailed to programs across the State!
The 2019 Annual Provider Information Update Forms keep coming in! Thank you to The Learning Tree in Londonderry, NH, your program was the first to return the Update!
2019 Spring Early Childhood Leadership Summit
On Thursday, March 14, 2019, 54 Early Childhood leaders gathered together to hear Stanley Pollack give a presentation about Using Interactive Methods to Increase Productivity. The presenters offered a fun and engaging day full of learning, laughter and reflection. Participants walked away knowing how to use interactive methods to create group experiences that are highly engaging, enable group members to develop deep relationships and increase investment and productive efforts in meeting the group’s goals.
Quotes from the day...

  • "Great ideas on how to make uncomfortable situations easier."
  • "The book will be a helpful resource to use across many aspects of my job."
  • "This was a great training! Good ideas, fun, dynamic and relevant."
  • "Totally inspirational-sparked amazing ideas!"
  • "Excellent topic and presenters. The mix of interactive use as well as good presenters kept the day light and interesting."
The Website Is Being Redesigned!
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 folks 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.
Putting Training into Action
Check out the bulletin board created by Family Child Care Provider, Dawnalee Holt and the children at The Kids Spot. The bulletin board communicates to families how Dawnalee is bringing Early Learning Standards (ELS) to life in her family child care program.  

The Kids Spot is currently receiving technical assistance as part of the Progressive Training and Technical Assistance Program: Family Child Care Infant & Toddler Initiative. Dawnalee also recently attended two (2) 6 hour trainings on Standards of Practice. Way to go The Kids Spot!
After utilizing tabletop discussions pertaining to Response Action Drills, Amie Hinkley of Happy Helpers Child Care Center in Dover created user-friendly visual drill cards for staff. The cards were distributed to all rooms as a tool for staff to utilize in their emergency planning efforts. Congratulations on a job well done Amie!
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.
Eventbrite Trainings for
January's Monthly Registration Window
Don't miss out on these great trainings! To register, click here or on the "E".

  • Tuesday, April 2, 2019, Get Outside! OFTEN!, 6:30-8:30 pm, Penacook
  • Thursday, April 4, 2019, Using Yoga to Create Harmony in Your Classroom, 6:30-8:30 pm, Manchester
  • Tuesday, April 9, 2019, Body Language: What Does It Mean?, 6:30-8:30 pm, Nashua
  • Tuesday, April 23, 2019, A Sensory Rich Classroom: Fun that Engages and Incorporates the NH Early Learning Standards, 6:30-8:30 pm, Tilton
  • Wednesday, April 24, 2019, Sensory Systems That Work, 6:30-8:30 pm, Somersworth
  • Wednesday, May 8, 2019, Sensory Systems That Work, 6:30-8:30 pm, Keene
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 .
  April 2019 is National Distracted Driving Awareness and Youth Sports Safety Month! 

April 2019 is National Distracted Driving month, so we hope you can enhance your awareness of the impacts of distracted driving as it is a "public issue that affects us all". As the warm weather moves in, we hope you highlight the importance of youth sports safety by using the sports injury prevention tips.

Below are videos and resources for important safety information:
Resources to Share with Families
Get Ready for the Week of the Young Child

"J oin the National Organization for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) on April 8–12, 2019 for five fun-filled, themed days to celebrate NH's youngest learners! Spread the word about the importance of high-quality early learning and the critical role early childhood educators play in a child’s development and learning." Click here to view NAEYC's theme days and activities.
"Life skills that promote strong executive functions—skills that might sound complicated to learn and promote—can actually develop naturally through positive childhood experiences. Life skills are critical during children’s earliest years as well as in the future.

Download the Vroom app or sign up for Vroom By Text today and give a child a great start in life. Vroom Tips add learning to mealtime, bathtime, bedtime, or anytime:  https://www.vroom.org/."
"When your child is on their back, use this  Vroom Tip  to gently pat their tummy. Sing a favorite song and tap along to the beat on your baby’s tummy. Try patting fast and slow. Do they smile or kick? Keep going as long as they seem to be having fun.

Brainy Background : When you share different sounds and sensations with your child, you’re introducing them to concepts of math, rhythm, and music. Connecting with them by touching and talking helps them feel safe and taken care of, laying a strong foundation for learning and growth.

Learn more on the power of touch from  Parents ."
"Do you and your child have a daily challenge, like getting ready for school? Use this  Vroom Tip  to have them practice that challenge during playtime. You can say: “Let’s pretend we’re getting ready to go to school. What should we do first?” Talk about the steps if they need help remembering. “We eat our breakfast, pack our lunch, brush our teeth, and then get on the bus.”

Brainy Background : When children have the chance to practice something, they begin to feel a sense of control in challenging situations. They're practicing critical thinking and problem-solving skills as they break the task down into steps and apply what they already know to solve it."
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).
This month, CCLU will share information on:
  • Clarification on submissions of Household and Personnel Form
  • Reporting Serious Injuries/Deaths to CCLU 
Territory List
Other Early Childhood News & Updates
Child Development Resources
As an Early Childhood Professional, families trust you and rely on you to provide them with information regarding their child’s development. The Center for Disease Control has a number of free, printable “Learn the Signs. Act Early” materials available, including books to promote early literacy and to prepare children for the transition to school. These materials can be valuable resources for both you and the families you serve and can facilitate important conversations around early developmental milestones. You can utilize this information in your newsletters, classroom websites or on social media outlets that you are using.
The following link provides access to a number of free CDC materials that you can customize and print: https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/hcp/index.html .  
Look below for the full letter from Jen Doris, Family Support System Specialist.
Training Opportunity
Click here or on the flyer for more details.
Child Engagement: Promoting Success and Preventing Challenging Behaviors

Click here or on the flyer for a printable copy.
Measles in the News

From January 1 to March 14, 2019, 268 individual cases of measles have been confirmed in 15 states, including 1 case in NH (a traveler).

Measles in child care centers can be serious and disruptive. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that adults, including childcare center staff, as well as children be protected against measles and get vaccinated, if needed, according to their age and health status.

Because children under age 12 months are too young to be vaccinated, it is important that those around them are protected and do not spread the disease.
More About Measles

Below are more suggestions of things that providers can do to get the word out about Measles.

Post measles buttons, banners, and links to CDC communication resources for healthcare professionals.
By posting measles buttons and banners on your website or blog, you will remind clinicians to consider measles diagnoses. They link to CDC’s measles webpage for healthcare professionals. Get these web tools here:  http://www.cdc.gov/measles/resources/web-buttons.html
You can also post a link to CDC’s  Provider Resources for Vaccine Conversations with Parents , which aim to strengthen communication between healthcare professionals and parents. Specific resources to highlight include:
Share information about measles with parents and the public in your office.

Learn more about measles and encourage your families to do the same.
Below is information about measles that you can promote to other healthcare professionals:

*Preliminary data reported to CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.
From the desk of Steve Shuman, Senior Training and Technical Assistance Associate 
National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness Education Development Center
Hot Topic Webinars and New Communities of Practice
The Office of Child Care and Child Care State Capacity Building Center (SCBC) and the Infant/Toddler Specialist Network (ITSN) are pleased to announce the next series of Infant/Toddler Hot Topic Webinars and three new Infant/Toddler Communities of Practice (CoP) for I/T professionals.
For more information on the Infant/Toddler Hot Topic Webinars or Infant/Toddler Communities of Practice contact   Chandra Curtis at chandra.curtis@icf.com .
Hot Topic Webinars
These webinars are designed to raise awareness about important topics; provide relevant resources; and inspire continued conversation, topic exploration, and further action toward increasing the supply and quality of I/T care.

Measuring a Standard of Care: Using Standards Like  Caring for Our Children Basics  To Inform TA for I/T Programs
Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 1:00 – 2:30 pm (Eastern Time)
Click here or on the flyer for a printable copy.
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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