May 2021 Monthly Minutes
What is Happening at CCAoNH?
Hello Providers,
We hope you find yourself getting outside more and more every day! In the month of May, we have been busy supporting Providers with the New Hampshire Connections Information System (NHCIS), sharing information about various financial resources and helping families prepare to find summer care. Child Care Aware of NH, a program of Southern New Hampshire Services wants to thank all of those who have updated their NHCIS: Program Profile. We are excited about the continuing roll out of this new system. We also want to share with Providers and families, that Provider Appreciation Day is May 7th. See below for additional information and ways you and your families can participate.

The Training and TA Specialists continue to support providers in 2021. We are continuing to offer our Early Childhood Focused Collaboratives and the list of May's topics can be found in this email. Our Training and TA Specialists are offering Virtual TA Cohorts on a variety of State Initiatives. We have many Trainings left to offer including those found in the NH Professional Registry, plus two T.E.A.C.H. NH Information Sessions. The Progressive Training and TA Program has open enrollment. Feel free to apply at any time! See below for more details about all of our professional development opportunities.
The Child Care Resource and Referral Outreach Specialists are offering ongoing support to program administrators and providers with updating their Program Profiles in the NH Connections Information System. These updates help offer the most accurate information to families. As families start to think about their summer plans, our Outreach Specialist are helping them find programs that meet their needs.

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
Child care providers were “essential” long before the pandemic, and the past year has highlighted the lengths to which they are willing to go to keep their doors open to serve the children of other essential workers. Join us in celebrating and thanking child care providers across the nation!

How will you celebrate the child care providers in your life and the teachers in your program? Access digital downloads and plan your celebration at #ThankYouChildCare

Feel free to share your ideas with us by emailing
Would You Like to Become an Environment Rating Scales (ERS)
Observation Site?
Southern New Hampshire Services, Child Care Aware of New Hampshire is currently looking for Child Care Programs across the State to help us become reliable with the three (3) different ERS tools:
  • Infant and Toddler Environment Rating Scales (ITERS)
  • Early Childhood Environment Rating Scales (ECERS)
  • Family Child Care Environment Rating Scales (FCCERS)
If you are interested in inviting us into your program, please reach out to us at (603) 578-1386, ext. 2532 or email us at
Changes to the NH Connection's Website
See below for changes and new resources available on the website.
CCAoNH Employment Opportunities

Child Care Aware of NH has open positions:
  • Training and Technical Assistance Specialist
  • Infant and Toddler Specialist
  • Lead Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator
  • Family Child Care Support Specialist
  • CRRSA Grant Support Coordinator
Starting the Conversation
10X: Using Technology to Engage Families
Finding ways to communicate and engage families can sometimes be difficult. Parents use a variety of tech tools to support their young children's early learning and strengthen home-school relationships. Here is an article published by NAEYC with 10 Tips on how you can use technology to engage families.
CCAoNH Professional Development Opportunities
Virtual Annual Training Calendar
CCAoNH Professional Development Definition Sheet
You're Invited to the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® NH
Information Sessions on CDA Scholarships!
Tuesday, May 25th 6:15-7:15 PM
Thursday, June 3rd 1:00-2:00 PM
Registration Information:  
  • Registration is free and online through the New Hampshire Professional Registry.
  • The morning of the information session, registered participants will be emailed a Zoom link to join the session as well as the online evaluation link.
  • Registration is online only and pre-registration is required.
 Training Information:
  • 1 hour of professional development awarded.
  • The Core Knowledge Area is Developing as a Professional.
Information on how to access ZOOM: 
Check out our May Trainings available
 in the NH Professional Registry and Eventbrite!
  • An Introduction to the NH Early Learning Standards 
  • Play: Unifying The Mind, Body and Spirit
  • Creating Positive Connections Through Strengthening Families
  • Introduction to COOP
  • Partnerships with the Families of Infants and Toddlers 
Progressive Training and TA Program
Early Childhood Focused Collaboratives
Registration Policies

Interested in viewing our registration policies?

For more information, please email to request a copy of them.
Monthly Health and Safety Topics
NHAEYC Updates
NHAEYC has a Member-Exclusive Facebook Group. The group is a place to be all together, to share resources and support. There will also be scheduled LIVES where different topics are shared to support our members. If you are interested in joining, please visit here. NHAEYC also has a Facebook Page where you can find additional resources, articles and information.
NHAEYC and Providers across the State celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Week of the Young Child.
Resource to Share with Families
Families are Eligible for up to $650 in Camp Fees* Covered
The New Hampshire Department of Education is partnering with New Hampshire camps and school-age summer programs across the State to offer students the unique opportunity to move beyond COVID-19 and be a kid again. Students of all ages, backgrounds and abilities benefit from exposure to short-term summer enrichment programs, including in the areas of challenge, friend-making, positivity and emotional safety. These are all things that New Hampshire camps and school-age programs do best.

It also includes:
  • Attendance at the program, including necessary supplies and materials
  • Transportation to and from the program­­­­
  • Provision of meals and snacks while attending the program

*participating camps only
Other Early Childhood News and Updates
Important Information from the Bureau of Child
Development and Head Start Collaboration
Absent Due to Covid
The DHHS Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration has extended Absent due to COVID to August 29, 2021. New spreadsheets, updated policy information and further details will be available on Monday, May 3, 2021.

  • Date: Friday, April 16, 2021
  • Time: 12:30-1:30 PM
CRRSA Funding Timeline and Webinar
Please note the CRRSA Funds do not have to be allocated (spent or allocated to income losses) until September 30, 2022, not 2021 as previously listed.

In addition, they can be used for income losses and COVID-related expenses only between March 2020 and Sept 2022.
Question & Answer Session: Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA) Awards and Allowable Expenses

Early Childhood Tuition Assistance Grant
Are you looking to take an ECE course this summer term?

Applications for the Early Childhood Tuition Assistance Grant open on May 4, 2021. Applications will be reviewed as received. Applications fill fast so apply early. Money is awarded at 100% tuition for your first Early Childhood Education course (PSY 508 Child Development), EDU 602, EDU 544 or PSY 510 or 50% tuition for subsequent Early Childhood Education courses. For more information and to start the approval process fill out the inquiry form at
New Hampshire Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care Award
The NH Breastfeeding Task Force is accepting applications from NH licensed child care programs who have a breastfeeding policy and engage in practices that support breastfeeding families!
For information and the application, please click here or on the button below.
Applications will be accepted and considered if submitted by May 15th at 5:00 PM.
All awardees are recognized at the annual NH Breastfeeding Task Force virtual conference and receive a plaque of recognition!

For more information, please contact:
Lissa Sirois, MPH, RD, IBCLC
Vice-chair, NH Breastfeeding Task Force
Phone: 603-271-0571
Update from the Department of Health and Human Services
NH Immunization Program
National Infant Immunization Week took place April 24th through May 1st. National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is a yearly observance highlighting the importance of protecting children two years and younger from vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs). Read the full update for additional reports related to immunizations and to view the tool-kits used to celebrate NIIW.
"Play in the Era of COVID-19" Webinar
Join Redleaf Press and Thomas Rendon, co-author of SAVING PLAY: Addressing Standards through Play-Based Learning in Preschool and Kindergarten, in conversation on "Play in the Era of COVID-19."

Date: Friday, May 14, 2021
Time: 3:00 PM EST
NH Department of Health and Human Services Survey
If you live in New Hampshire, are over the age of 18, and have ever been diagnosed with cancer, the NH Department of Health and Human Services needs your help! They are trying to better understand your experiences as a cancer patient, so that they can develop new programming or improve existing programming that will address unmet needs. They encourage you to take the survey or to share this survey link with those who you think fit this criteria. The survey will stay open until May 31, 2021. To take the survey, click the button below.
Child Care Aware of NH is a statewide Child Care Resource and Referral Program a 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 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.