CCAoNH Early Childhood
Focused Collaborative Meetings
This year, CCAoNH, a program of Southern New Hampshire Services will be offering virtual Early Childhood Focused Collaborative Meetings once more for Directors, Administrators, Teachers, and other Early Childhood Professionals. These Meetings are group-driven to reflect the participant’s needs and interests and to provide participants with information around the focused topics. In addition, participants will learn about Child Care Aware of NH program updates, essential local and State information, and other professional development opportunities.

Click here or on the flyer for more details about our Early Childhood Focused Collaborative Meetings.

Go to the NHCIS Training Tile to register for an Early Childhood Focused Collaborative Meeting.

Click here for more information on how to register for training in the New Hampshire Connections Information System (NHCIS)

Look below for this month's topics and to see what Focused Collaboratives we are offering in the 2022/2023 training year!
Family Engagement and Communication Collaborative:
Self-Study to Prepare for May 3rd Book Discussion
Date: Wednesday, March 1, 2023
Time: 1:00-2:30 PM
Location: Online Zoom Meeting
Facilitators: Julie Choiniere, ECMPWT & Karen Abbott, ECMPIM
Topic: This month, registered participants will receive the book: Family Engagement in Early Childhood Settings by Mary Muhs. There will be no Family Engagement & Communication Collaborative meeting on March 1st. Instead, you will read the book and be prepared to attend our May 3rd meeting to discuss your current family engagement strategies, share what you learned from reading the book that inspires you and to share your plans for future family engagement activities.  
Please consider joining us to learn more about the Choose Love Movement with the founder herself, Scarlett Lewis. Making Choose Love Accessible for Everyone- Tools You Can Use to Stay on the Choose Love Path and Bring Joy to Your Life Everyday on: Wednesday, March 1st, 12:00 PM-1:00 PM Please register here: 
NAEYC Facilitation Collaborative:
Exploring NAEYC Classroom Portfolios
Date: Thursday, March 2, 2023
Time: 6:00-7:30 PM
Location: Online Zoom Meeting
Facilitator: Liz Scruton, MA, ECMPWT
Topic: Participants will discuss the required classroom portfolios, which demonstrate evidence of the standards. *Note a familiarization or interest in the NAEYC Accreditation standards and process will be critical for this collaborative*
Preschool Collaborative: 
Child Directed Learning
Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2023
Time: 6:00-7:30 PM
Location: Online Zoom Meeting
Facilitator: Kris Tabor-Hall, ECPDST & Donna Lake, ECMPWT
Topic: Join us as we discuss the many benefits of Child Directed Learning with Dee Dee Thurber, Program Director at SNHS: Child Care Aware of New Hampshire. 
From the very first days of school, teachers learn about the child as an individual and can then work to incorporate the interests of the child into daily classroom activities. For example, Circle Time can be set up to have students choose the type of greeting they would like to start the day with. Activity Centers can grow and have objects added to them with the guidance of the students, where the actual center itself can be created by the students. We will discuss these examples and many more to assist teachers with shifting to a Child Directed Learning approach along with other significant benefits for the students and teachers!
Family Child Care Collaborative:
Date: Thursday, March 9, 2023
Time: 6:00-7:30 PM
Location: Online Zoom Meeting
Facilitator: Connie Davis, ECMPWT
Topic: Stephanie Therrien, ECMPWTPC, from Child Care of New Hampshire, a program of Southern New Hampshire Services, will be joining us. Stephanie will be talking about wellness. We are going to explore what it means to be "well" and look at some of the things that get in the way of our happiness.
We'll talk about overcoming negativity, developing resilience, and practicing some mindfulness techniques.
Business Management Collaborative:
Watch Me Grow, Ages and Stages and Learn the Signs-Act Early
Date: Tuesday, March 14, 2023
Time: 1:00-2:30 PM
Location: Online Zoom Meeting
Facilitator: Kris Tabor-Hall, ECPDST & Donna Lake, ECMPWT
Topic: Erika Downie, Carly Ireland, and Jennifer Pineo will be joining us to talk about Watch Me Grow, NH’s developmental screening, referral, and information system for families with a child aged from birth to six years. 
Erika and Jennifer will also be sharing information and resources on ASQs and free kits!
Infant & Toddler Collaborative:
Difficult Conversations
Date: Tuesday, March 14, 2023
Time: 6:00-7:30 PM
Location: Online Zoom Meeting
Facilitators: Lindsey Parisi, ECMPWT
Topic: Participants will partake in a Learn & Share session on how to have difficult conversations. During this meeting, participants are asked to bring a resource to share with other participants to take back to their programs. Examples may include approaches you have been successful with or any resources you have used during your time of teaching!
Montessori Perspective Collaborative:
Partnering with Parents
Date: Wednesday, March 15, 2023
Time: 6:00-7:30 PM
Location: Online Zoom Meeting
Facilitator: Christine Brown, ECMPWT & Donna Lake, ECMPWT
Topic: Guest moderator Laura Mammarelli, retired Montessori director and NHMA president, will lead a discussion on Partnering with Parents. We will discuss how we can work together to provide the best possible consistent support and share some of our challenges and successful strategies.
Social Emotional Topics Collaborative:
Mindfulness with Staff
Date: Monday, March 20, 2023
Time: 6:00-7:30 PM
Location: Online Zoom Meeting
Facilitator: Stephanie Therrien, ECMPWT
Topic: We will be talking about mindfulness with staff. According to Zero to Three'sGetting Started with Mindfulness: A Toolkit for Early Childhood Organizations: "...workplaces thrive when the health and well-being of staff are prioritized. And, that staff well-being is crucial to delivering effective services that support child and family well-being. The integration of mindfulness and compassion into the workplace is a powerful tool for creating and supporting healthy, high-performing teams and an organizational culture infused with awareness, intention, and success."
Join us for a discussion about the ways you can incorporate mindfulness into your program or classroom!
Registration Information:
  • Registration is free and available through the NHCIS Training Tile.
  • Registration closes the day before the collaborative.
  • To register use the “Week View” or Month View” and then choose which session(s) you would like to join. Please note that registration cannot be completed in the “List View”.
  • On the day of the meeting, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting as well as the evaluation link.  
  • Registration is online only and pre-registration is required. 

Questions: Email or call at (603) 578-1386, ext. 2526 and ext. 2532.
Child Care Aware of NH, a program of Southern New Hampshire Services
Child Care Aware of NH is a statewide Child Care Resource and Referral Program of Southern New Hampshire Services. The preparation of this email was financed under a Contract with the State of New Hampshire, Department of Health and Human Services, Division for 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.