What Is Happening at CCAoNH?
Hello Providers,

Summertime is upon us, which means longer days and more time outdoors! We hope that you have the opportunity this summer to take some time for yourself to relax and get outside to enjoy the warm weather. Here at Child Care Aware of NH, we are wrapping up the 2021-2022 training year and helping families find summer care.

The Child Care Resource and Referral Outreach Specialists are busy taking calls from families looking for summer care. If you have waitlists or are currently not accepting new enrollments, please feel free to share our contact information with families, 855-393-1731 ext. 2531, and we can provide them with a free, tailored list of referrals. We are also continuing to offer our monthly information session, "Searching for the Right Child Care". This is a great opportunity for families to learn more about how to look for child care and make an informed decision.

The Training and TA Specialists have been meeting as a team to discuss and plan professional development opportunities for the upcoming 2022-2023 training year. Keep an eye out in the coming months. TA Specialists have also been celebrating all the individuals and teams who participated in this year's credential challenge. We'd also like to congratulate the programs that are applying for a step in the new Quality Recognition and Improvement System: Granite Steps for Quality. Thank you for your continued dedication to providing quality care to the children and families you serve!

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
Credential Challenge Raffle Announcement
On Wednesday May 25, Child Care Aware of NH drew winners for the Credential Challenge. Congratulations to the following teams and individuals:
Team Challenge Prizes:
  • $500 for self-care and/or PD:
  • $250 for self-care and/or PD:
  • Revive and Thrive Training:
  • $100 Gift Card for Staff Lunch:
  • Goffstown Creative Kids
  • All Aboard Preschool
  • BVS Child & Family Enrichment Center
  • Rivers Edge Early Learning Program
Individual Prizes:
  • $250 for self-care and/or PD:
  • Fitbit:
  • $100 Spa Finder Gift Card:
  • $50 Amazon Gift Card:
  • Samantha Rheaume
  • Brittany Johnson
  • Nina Camuso
  • Jennifer Gagnon
Congratulations to all of the winners and a huge thank you to everyone who participated!
Q-Ready Intro and Overview to Pyramid Model Cohort
Child Care Aware of NH would like to recognize three programs for completing the Q-Ready Intro and Overview to Pyramid Model Cohort, which ran from October 2021 to May 2022. During this overview, programs got to know the Pyramid Model through readiness work in order to build their Pyramid Model practices within their programs.
  • Kids Culture of Barrington
  • Kids Culture of Dover
  • Kids Culture of Somersworth
Annual Planning Break is Coming
We hope to see you at some of our upcoming training sessions, before we take a short break for the summer. Child Care Aware holds trainings from September through June, starting in July we will be preparing for our 2022-2023 training season.

We urge you to plan ahead and sign up for our upcoming sessions if you need them to satisfy the Granite Steps for Quality requirements or your annual professional development hours!
Looking for online or recorded trainings? Check out our Training collections and MORE on the "Trainings and Recorded Webinars" page to view the rest of our FREE training collections.
Quality Support CDA Cohort Opportunity
Are you an individual working in a licensed child care program? Are you looking to become qualified to be left alone with the children in your care?
A Child Development Associate (CDA)® credential will help enable you to become lead teacher qualified while providing you with training hours and an opportunity to create a portfolio of your experience in your program.
The Quality Support CDA® Cohort (QS CDA Cohort) is the perfect way for you to obtain the training and assessment necessary to earn your credential with other peers in the field of early care and education.

Through Southern New Hampshire Services, Child Care Aware of New Hampshire, in partnership with T.E.A.C.H. New Hampshire (T.E.A.C.H. NH) and the Early Childhood Apprenticeship Program (ECAP), has developed this QS CDA Cohort model to assist individuals in obtaining their CDA® at no cost to them. This QS CDA Cohort is looking for up to twelve (12) participants to begin the first phase of the CDA® process in July of 2022. This QS CDA Cohort will run through to December 31, 2022 with the potential for longer pending funding. Applications are due by June 15, 2022.
Starting The Conversation
How do You Help Children Build Resilience?
It’s easy to forget that skills like perseverance and resilience are not skills that come naturally. Much like learning to ride a bike or tie shoes, it takes time, patience, and practice to build up those qualities. PBS has some ideas on how parents and caregivers can help children develop resilience.
CCAoNH Professional Development Opportunities
Professional Development Training Reminders
Trainings are available to register for in the NHCIS Training Tile. Please note that the training times have been updated in NHCIS to reflect the correct times. Please see instructions on page two (2) in the Trainings At-a-Glance Calendar on how to register for these trainings.
Need Training for Granite Steps for Quality?
Intro and Overview of the Pyramid Model

Offered through Child Care Aware of NH, this training is designed to provide an introduction and overview of The Pyramid Model; a conceptual framework of evidence-based practices for promoting young children’s healthy social and emotional development.

Date: Thursday, June 2, 2022
Time: 6:15-8:15 PM
Registration is through NHCIS
Intro and Overview of the
Environment Rating Scales (ERS)
This training is an introduction and overview of the Environment Rating Scales. The training will provide basic information on the Environment Rating Scales, how to use the tools and the benefits of using the tools in your classrooms and program.

Date: Monday, June 6, 2022
Time: 6:15-8:15 PM
Registration is through NHCIS
Early Childhood Focused Collaboratives
Collaborative Highlight of the Month:
Pyramid Model

This month, Melony Williams, Mental Health Counselor with TMC Family Resource Center in Claremont, NH, will be presenting on the topic "Beyond the Call: Exploring the Issues Around Making a DCYF Report". Melony will address how to support at-risk families, warning signs and how to make the decision to call DCYF. She also plans to speak about how to support families, staff, and classrooms after the call has been made.

CCAoNH is also offering nine (9) other virtual Early Childhood Focused Collaborative Meetings for Directors, Administrators, Teachers and other Early Childhood Professionals. Check out the other topics by clicking on the button below.
Progressive Training and TA Program
Monthly Health And Safety Resources
The resources found in this section can help support providers and families in planning for emergencies. You can find additional resources on the NH Connections Emergency Planning Page.
Sun Safety Resources
With summer fast approaching, it often means more time in the sun. Getting some sun exposure is important for everyone: it helps our bodies make vitamin D, it can improve moods, boost our immune systems, and even help with the sleep/wake cycle. But it only takes take a little time in the sun for most people to get those benefits. Too much sun can lead to sunburn, skin damage, eye damage, and skin cancer. Take a look at some of these resources to help keep the children and staff safe this summer.
Other Early Childhood News And Updates
Important Information From the Bureau of Child
Development and Head Start Collaboration
New Hampshire’s voluntary quality recognition system for licensed child care providers, known as Granite Steps for Quality focuses on improving the overall quality of Early Care and Education and Out-of-School Time (OST) programs in the state. Programs participating in GSQ will promote a culture of continuous quality improvement thereby improving outcomes for children and families to thrive and succeed in school and beyond.
Not sure how to get started? We invite you to contact Child Care Aware of New Hampshire and a TA Specialist will help answer questions, provide detail surrounding the rubrics and help you to become Q-Ready!
Applying for Granite Steps for Quality?
Important Message from the BCDHSC

The Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration is committed to welcoming programs into the revised quality recognition system. We are thrilled to have created a robust system with the goal of continuous quality improvement for Child Care in New Hampshire and we are excited to connect you with our package of incentives, including the award of quality funds.
With these goals in mind, and in order to more efficiently process applications and award Quality Steps, we announce a temporary pause of the use of NHCIS for Credentialing applications and GSQ applications. This does not mean we are pausing Credentialing or GSQ – we are just going to use paper applications until the fall. Programs that have already submitted their completed application online will continue to be processed. All other programs, including programs that have started, but not yet submitted an application, should plan to submit paper applications with paper documentation moving forward.

To assist those of you with partially completed applications already in NHCIS, we have arranged for the online applications for Credentialing and GSQ pause to begin on Friday, June 3 at 8:00 AM. Up until that time you may either complete your online application or download copies of the work you have done to date. After that time, you will need to reach out to us for help in getting any application documents in the GSQ or Credentialing application since it will no longer be visible to the public. In addition, we have included the necessary paper application links below and posted them on the NH Connections website, on the "Granite Steps for Quality" page.

We anticipate that this change will make applying in the system more manageable for providers at this time and we look forward to the relaunch of NHCIS later this year. Our team is working diligently behind the scenes to implement the fixes needed to make NHCIS the incredible, user-friendly platform it is intended to be.
Are you a program that is licensed for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years applying for Granite Steps for Quality?

Read this important update from May 24th, 2022 about how to enter the Granite Steps for Quality System.
The Pay By Enrollment Data Pilot officially started on Monday, February 28, 2022, and a new tab has been created under "Financial Resources". Look for the "Pay by Enrollment Data Pilot" tab to find all the information you'll need to navigate and learn about this program. You'll also find some information in the buttons below.

Please note the sample letter linked below will prompt you to download a word document.

On May 2, 2022 The Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration made the announcement that Absent Due to Covid Billing policy would be extended for CCDF and non-CCDF children from May 30 through September 4, 2022. 
Upcoming Opportunities with The Bureau of
Child Development and Head Start Collaboration
Child Care Licensing Updates
On Tuesday, April 26th, 2022, Melissa Clement sent out two (2) separate e-mails to programs with important updates. The first noted the implementation of the Revised Child Care Licensing Rules. The second mentioned critical information about performing tasks within NHCIS. You can find out more on the Child Care Licensing Website or view the documents on our "Child Care Licensing for Providers" page.
Do You Have Open Positions?
Check Out Our Job Board
Located on the front page of our website, is the link to the Child Care Job Board. Feel free to post your open positions and let perspective educators know about what makes your program unique. Posting is FREE and your position will stay up for six (6) months or until you take it down!
SELA Membership Update
Early Learning NH, with the State Early Learning Alliance (SELA) and The New Hampshire Community Loan Fund, are delighted to share that we have jointly raised funding designed to HELP YOU. By combining our strengths and resources, our Child Care Business Support project will HELP YOU ALL to obtain cost savings, time savings, quality and business supports that are really hard to do alone. We will do these key things to support child care here in New Hampshire:
Provide FREE access to the SELA website for all NH child care employees* to:
  • SAVE MONEY - put $5,000 + back into your program's budget EVERY YEAR
  • Offer employees over $1,500 worth of valuable benefits, savings and resources
  • SAVE TIME with free, quick access to top-notch resources - templates, policies, flyers, posters, ready-made toolkits like an orientation package, etc.
  • SUPPORT QUALITY with curricula, activities, and over 2,000 valuable resources for child care administrators and teachers
Access the website TODAY at https://www.selanhmembers.com/ and begin with the Start Here tab.  
*ALL NH child care programs with an active license and licensed-exempt programs enrolled (or willing to become enrolled) in the state child care scholarship program will have the FREE access through March 31, 2023. You have plenty of time to reap ALL the benefits for your program and staff!
Child Care Aware of New Hampshire is a Child Care Resource and Referral Program powered by Southern New Hampshire Services. The preparation of this document was financed under a Contract with the State of New Hampshire, Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Economic and Housing Stability, Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration with funds provided in part by the State of New Hampshire and the US Department of Health and Human Services.