May 2023
Hello Providers!

This month is all about YOU! On May 12th we will be celebrating Provider Appreciation Day®. Provider Appreciation Day was started in 1996 by a group of volunteers in New Jersey, who saw the need to recognize the tireless efforts of providers who care for children of working parents. It is celebrated the Friday before Mother’s Day every year to recognize child care providers, teachers and other educators of young children everywhere.

Child Care Aware of NH is excited to be able to say thank you to each and every one of you, so be sure to keep an eye on your mailboxes in the coming weeks!
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
Water Safety Class
Do you or any of your staff need to take an in-person water safety course for this summer? Child Care Aware of NH is looking to see if there is a need or interest in offering one. This class would be offered in Concord and FREE.
Are you in need of an in-person Water Safety class?
Limited CCAoNH Staff
Child Care Aware of NH staff will be attending the Child Care Aware of America Symposium from May 8th through May 12th. Staffing will be limited during this week. We appreciate your patience as you may experience a delay in response times to phone calls and emails. Our LiveChat services will be closed for the week.
CCAoNH Closures
Child Care Aware of NH, a program of Southern NH Services, will be closed Monday, May 29. During this time, phone calls will be forwarded to our messaging service, LiveChat services will be closed, and emails, Facebook, and private Facebook groups will not be monitored. We will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, May 30.
CCAoNH Professional Development Opportunities
Infant and Toddler Institute
Basics of Breastfeeding for Child Care Providers
Breastfeeding has benefits for infants and mothers. This is why it is crucial for child care programs to support families in their breastfeeding journey. Welcoming mothers to breastfeed onsite at anytime and creating a comfortable, private space is one thing you can do to support them.

To learn about other ways you can support families in their breastfeeding journey, join us at the 2023 Spring Infant and Toddler Institute! You can find more details and register by clicking on the flyer or the button below.
Family Child Care Institute **NEW DATE**
We want to take a moment to say thank you to everyone registered for the Family Child Care Training Institute for your flexibility! We appreciate your patience and understanding while we worked to reschedule after an unexpected scheduling conflict.

The good news is that we have a new date! Join us June 3rd from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM, as we talk Choose Love, as well as Moving Beyond Rewards & Punishments to Choice & Appropriate Consequences.

Participants that were previously registered to attend the April date are all set and are already registered for the June date.

If your schedule didn't allow you to participate previously and you now can, there's still time to register!

You can register for this event by clicking the flyer or the button below.
May Trainings At-a-Glance
There are lots of great professional development opportunities coming this May! To learn more about the topics being offered at this month's Collaboratives, be sure to keep reading.

Early Childhood Focused Collaboratives
Progressive Training and Technical Assistance Program (PT&TAP)
Child Care Aware of NH offers seven (7) Progressive Training and TA Program Topics to support program quality improvement. The PT&TAP offers child care programs the opportunity to participate in focused and facilitated training and technical assistance. This means we will support you based on your strengths and needs, and help you reach your goals at your own pace.
Do you know what to do if there is an emergency at your program? The Program Emergency Preparedness and Response Technical Assistance Program supports programs further develop their Emergency Operations Plan and Continuity of Operations Plan. You also have the opportunity to practice the Emergency Response Drills to be more equipped for an emergency.
Want to know more?

Contact us at,
(603) 578-1386, ext. 2526 and ext. 2532
Monthly Health And Safety Resources
Tick Free New Hampshire
Everyone in NH is at risk of being bitten by a tick. With the weather getting warmer and ticks coming out of hiding, it is important to know how to keep children and staff safe from ticks. You can do things such as:

  • Clearing tall grass and brush
  • Putting wood chip or gravel barriers between wooded areas and play equipment
  • Mowing the lawn frequently and keeping leaves raked
  • Keeping play equipment away from yard edges and trees, and/or placing them in direct sunlight

These are just some of the steps you can take to help keep your play spaces tick free. To learn more about how to prevent, protect, and check, visit Tick Free New Hampshire!
Other Early Childhood News And Updates
Check out the NHCIS Guide! You can find helpful instructions and tips to assist you in navigating the NH Connections Information System.

Be sure to bookmark the guide as it will be updated as changes are made in NHCIS!
NH COVID-Related Provider Grant Funds Page Update
Be sure to check out the NH COVID-Related Provider Grant Funds Page on NH Connections. The Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration recently updated some items, including the Grant Reports Table. Please note that some report templates are available by request only now.

Check out the NH COVID-Related Provider Grant Funds Page for more information!
Family Focus Group
NHCT and PIC need your help to get the word out to families! They will be hosting upcoming focus groups to discuss childcare services and opportunities within the State. Please share the flyer attached with families who may be willing to share their input and feelings on several topics.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Robin deAlmedia at

You can click the image above or the button below to view the flyer.
Early Childhood Tuition Assistance Grant
It is the time to start thinking about summer courses. The ECTA/PDG Grant will be open on May 16th. Remember courses are still covered in FULL for this term and you can apply for two courses at a time. This is only for the 2023 year. 

Some of you may know that Granite State College has merged with The University of New Hampshire, and we will be changing our name to the College of Professional Studies. With that, some things may look different, but still offer same great courses and the sign-up process will stay the same. 

To learn more, click the image or the button below.
Telehealth Through SELA
Tele Docs! Tele Therapists! Tele Life Coaches!

Telemedicine can be an affordable supplement to health insurance, especially for plans with a high deductible, because there’s no co-pays for you and your family members when you use it.

Docs by Phone, the Telemedicine program on the SELA Platform offers 24/7/365 access to board certified doctors by phone, video, or mobile app. Over 70% of medical visits can be expertly handled by telehealth.

It only costs $8 a month with NO Copays and discounts on prescriptions are available. This includes your family members at no extra cost.

Sign up for the SELA platform for FREE if you work at a child care program in NH. See below for how to register. 
To learn more, log into or register on the SELA Platform at or use the QR code below.
 Once you’re in just type “doctors” into the search box for Docs by Phone/Telemedicine.

We are here to help! Email us at with any questions!
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.