November 2018 Monthly Minutes
A Message from Child Care Aware of NH
Hello Providers,

October was a great month for CCAoNH. Several staff members flew to Denver, Colorado for the 2018 Child Care Aware of America Leadership Institute: Leading Boldly, Accelerating Change. Shaquanna McEachern presented at this conference on NH's efforts in Emergency Preparedness and did an amazing job! Also in October, we hosted two special events, the Family Child Care Training Institute and the Fall NH Early Childhood Leadership Summit. Both events were fantastic and provided meaningful and powerful professional development opportunities to all involved.
CCAoNH Superhero Staff
at CCAoA Leadership Institute
Family Child Care Training Institute
Fall NH Early Childhood Leadership Summit
Child Care Resource and Referral Outreach Specialists continue to diligently work with the District Offices, the New Hampshire Employment Programs, Workplace Success and the community through outreach opportunities. Through these outlets, Child Care Resource and Referral Outreach Specialists work with individual families looking for child care. We help to provide a tailored list of referrals that families can use to help them find care.

Our Training and TA Specialists are busy supporting providers through technical assistance, trainings, Leadership Collaboratives and EOP Cohort groups. Check out our Special Events coming soon. The Training and TA Institute is today Thursday, November 1, 2018 and just a few days later the Caring for Our Children Conference will be held in Conway on November 3, 3018. Registration for these events are closed but we are also hosting the Active Collaborative Training (A.C.T.) Series: Bomb Threat (SCAN) & Active Shooter (CRASE) Saturday, December 1, 2018 and the Infant & Toddler Institute on Saturday, December 8, 2018. Look below for more details about upcoming events.

Vroom Week is approaching. It is November 26 th -30 th , 2018. Vroom is a free program available for families and teachers through their website,, text and the Vroom App. Vroom helps families take everyday moments and turns them into brain building moments. CCAoNH will be doing some fun activities to promote Vroom during Vroom week. But if you don't want to wait to celebrate, CCAoNH is having a contest. We are looking for people to provide their own Vroom Tip Card Activity. Look below for more details about the contest!

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
November Holidays that CCAoNH will be Closed

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 Election Day
Monday, November 12, 2018 Veterans Day
Thursday, November 22, 2018 Thanksgiving Day
Friday, November 23, 2018 Day after Thanksgiving 
2018 Vroom Week: Create a Tip Card Activity Contest!
Child Care Aware of NH is looking for: Creative Vroom Tip Cards. Simply write down an activity that you feel supports brain development including the age group the activity is for and a title for the activity.

CCAoNH will select two (2) of the activities submitted and share them during Vroom Week. The winners will also receive a $50.00 Gift Card!

Tip Card Activities are due by Wednesday, November 14 th.
Submit your Tip Card Activity to
The 2018-2019 Credentialing Challenge
The Child Care Aware of NH (CCAoNH) and the Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration (BCDHSC) would like to announce this year’s Early Childhood Credential Challenges.

Child Care Aware of New Hampshire is offering to cover the $25 cost of an initial credentialing application fee or the $10 renewal fee for the first 100 credentials to meet the Challenge criteria below and agree to have their credential be awarded during this year’s Annual Celebration of Early Childhood Professionals.

Click here or on the picture below for a printable flyer. Please note that the both the individual flyer and the team flyer are part of the same document.
What's New on the Website!
CCAoNH is gearing up to do a website redesign. We are still in the beginning stages but wanted to let you know about our exciting news!
Some things to look forward to on the new site:
  • 508 compliance, which means that our site will be more user friendly to folks that have disabilities.
  • An event blog, this will make it easier to find information about our upcoming events.
If there is something you would like to see come to CCAoNH's new site, please let us know by emailing
The Family Child Care Training Institute Was a HUGE Success!
On Saturday, October 6, 2018 Family Child Care Providers came together for CCAoNH's first Family Child Care Training Institute. The day offered professional development specifically for family child care providers! This year's speaker was Tom Copeland, the nation's leading expert on the business of family child care. Tom provided two interactive sessions, "Reducing Your Risks: Legal and Insurance Issues" and “Managing Your Money: How to Save Money and Plan for Retirement”. It was a fantastic day of professional development and we would like to thank all who came to the event!
The Fall NH Early Childhood Leadership Summit Was INSPIRED!
On Thursday, October 25, 2018 early childhood leaders from across the state attended the 2018 Fall NH Early Childhood Leadership Summit with Erin Ramsey, a nationally acclaimed inspirational speaker and author. Erin inspired participants to take action and to feel rejuvenated! She led attendees on a journey of self-consideration, joyful living and inspired leadership. Thank you to all that attended the Fall's NH Early Childhood Leadership Summit!
"This was just what I needed! Erin is Inspirational!"
"Best training so far!"
"This was my favorite training so far. Focusing on ourselves is different for educators but I am looking forward to implementing theses changes. My boss and I have agreed to help each other stay accountable."
Putting Training into Action
The day after the Fall NH Early Childhood Leadership Summit, Shelby Mahon, Director of the Learning Path, Inc. in Derry, NH, took what she learned from the training she attended and put it into action! She choose to take inspirational words and write them on rocks, just like in the training. Then each day one word will be read over the announcements in her program. The idea was for teachers to try to help the children feel whatever the motivational word for the day was. She is looking to encourage the teachers and children in her program to lead inspired lives! Way to take an idea from a training and make it come alive!

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 have inspired your work. Send your story to and we will share your anecdote in our new Monthly Minute 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
November's Monthly Registration Window!
Don't miss out on these great trainings! To register, click here or on the "E".

  • Wednesday, November 28, 2018, Body Language: What Does It Mean?, 6:30-8:30 pm, Tamworth
  • Wednesday, December 5, 2018, Sensory Systems That Work, 6:30-8:30 pm, Littleton
  • Wednesday, December 12, 2018, Body Language: What Does It Mean?, 6:30-8:30 pm, Hookset
  • Thursday, December 13, 2018, Using Yoga to Create Harmony in Your Classroom, 6:30-8:30 pm, Franklin
A ctive C ollaborative T raining (A.C.T.) Series
Bomb Threat (SCAN) & Active Shooter (CRASE)
Saturday, December 1, 2018

8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Great Bay Community College
320 Corporate Drive
Portsmouth, NH 03801

Click here or on the flyer for more details.

To register, click on
Infant & Toddler Institute
How The NH Early Learning Standards Can Help In Promoting Infant/Toddler Learning And Development Through Play, Exploration, and Responsive Interactions
Saturday, December 8, 2018

8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Executive Court Banquet Facility
1199 S Mammoth Road
Manchester, NH 03109

Click here or on the flyer for more details.

To register, click on
Caring for Our Children Conference in Keene, NH
Saturday, January 26, 2019

Be on the lookout for the flyers or brochures closer to the event dates.
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. (There are no current webinars this training window.)
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: .
Highlights from October 2018
National Preparedness /Fire Prevention Month!

Thank you to all who participated in the  Great NorthEast ShakeOut -New Hampshire.  The event granted participants the opportunity to practice their Drop, Cover, Hold response action drill at 10:18 am on Thursday, October 18, 2018 . We had 11,828 people/organizations registered for the event with 2,064 who were Childcare and Pre-School specific! For more information on those who registered to participate visit:
November 2018 is Holiday Safety Month! 

November's topic is about fire and food safety during the holidays. Please be sure to use the resources below for important safety tips.

Resources to Share with Families
November is Family Stories Month

Sharing stories with family members helps to keep memories alive for future generations. Children love to hear stories! Share this idea with the families in your program.

Family Stories Month rolls around in November just in time for the holidays. When families gather, it’s an excellent time to share stories and learn about family history. Throughout Family History Month encourage tour families to record or listen to stories from relatives of all ages.

Use #FamilyStoriesMonth to post on social media. For more information about Family sotries month visit:
November 8 th is National S.T.E.M. and S.T.E.A.M. Day
There’s no way around it: our children are significantly better off with strong science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics skills. That’s why S.T.E.M. and S.T.E.A.M. education programs are so important.
For more information to share with families about S.T.E.M and S.T.E.A.M.:
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).
Winter is right around the corner! Although you may look out your window and still see some green mixed in with our brightly colored foliage, soon those leaves will all be crunching beneath our feet and trees will be bare, and the days shorter and colder. With all this being said, CCLU still urges programs to get outside as much as possible. Follow this link to find out why and learn some tips that may make it easier. The list was prepared by Nicole Burke, Licensing Coordinator at CCLU. 

Other Early Childhood News & Updates
Early Childhood Tuition Assistance Grant
The application period for the Early Childhood Tuition Assistance Grant for winter term at Granite State College is now open! The link to the application along with the courses offered through the grant this term can be found here .
Check Out the 2017 Survey on
Wellness in New Hampshire Child Care Programs  

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health Services (DPHS), developed a survey to better understand what types of wellness practices are in place in New Hampshire’s Early Care and Education (ECE) settings. DPHS chose to focus specifically on nutrition, physical activity, smoking, oral health, and immunization practices. Click here or on the button below to see the finding. Make sure to check out the “NH Spotlights,” which are stories from different NH programs.
A Message from the
NH Immunization Program

2018 Childcare Immunization Report is Due November 15, 2018

The New Hampshire 2018 Childcare Immunization Report was released in mid-October and is due November 15, 2018. If you did not receive an email, check your spam folder. If the NH Immunization Program (NHIP) does not have an email contact for you, the report was mailed to you via the US Postal Service. If you did not receive a report by email or regular mail, go to the NHIP Child Care website: . Here you will find a link to the electronic report as well as a PDF of the report that you can print and complete. The website also has tools and resources to help you complete the report.

This Annual Childcare Immunization Report is required by New Hampshire State Statute 141-C:20-e, Immunization Reports, which states “Schools and child care agencies, whether public or private, shall make an annual report to the Commissioner relative to the status of immunization of all enrolled students.”

If you have any questions, please contact the NH Immunization Program at 603-271-4482. Thank you for helping keep New Hampshire families and communities protected against vaccine preventable diseases!
Employment Opportunities
Join Our Team!
Child Care Aware of New Hampshire is looking for dynamic individuals to join our team. Are you passionate about the early childhood field? Are you looking to make a difference? Do you want to help families find quality child care and work hand in hand with providers to promote high quality learning experiences for all children? If you answered yes, then Child Care Aware of NH is for you! Check out our open positions below.

A Training and Technical Assistance Specialist:
  • Facilitates training opportunities.
  • Provides targeted technical assistance (coaching and mentoring) to early childhood professionals.
  • Provides support services and consumer education for families in selecting child care.
  • Statewide position.

For more information about each position or to apply, please go to  to fill out an online application.
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  before the 25th of each month with the subject line "Monthly Minutes". 

Thank you,
Child Care Aware of NH Team

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