Highlights in this month's edition of "Monthly Minutes"

  • Celebrate Family Engagement Month!
  • November Professional Development Opportunities
  • Child Care Operating Expense Reduction Grant (CCOER)
  • GSQ Congratulations
  • Fall Safety Tips

November 2023

Hello Providers,

November is a time to hit pause and reflect on the good things in life, big or small. At Child Care Aware of NH, a program within Southern NH Services, we want you to know just how grateful we are for each and every one of you. Your dedication to the children and families you serve is truly remarkable.

Our incredible Child Care Resource and Referral Outreach Specialists (CCRROS) are gearing up for Family Engagement Month and can't wait to share the exciting world of Vroom with you. They've also been out there in the community, helping job seekers with their child care needs and encouraging more folks to join the early childhood field. Our phones are ringing with families seeking child care options, so if you haven't done so recently, please take a moment to update your program profile in NHCIS. If you have any questions or concerns, know that our Outreach team is just a call away at 603-578-1386, ext. 2531.

We want to take this opportunity to express our heartfelt gratitude for everything you do for families and children. We hope you find this month's edition of Monthly Minutes both enjoyable and informative.

Wishing you a wonderful November!

~ Child Care Aware of NH

CCAoNH Updates

Stay in the loop with 'The Scoop'!

Are you looking for a wealth of essential tips, resources, and updates tailored to caregivers of infants and toddlers? Stay in the know and nurture the little ones in your life!

Subscribe to The Scoop on Infant and Toddler Care delivered straight to your inbox to enrich your teaching journey. These e-newsletters are taking the place of the E-News You Can Use, and will be distributed on the 15th of each month.

If you're interested in different age groups, you're in luck! Discover The Scoop: For Preschool Care and The Scoop: For Mixed Age Care to find content tailored to your specific area of expertise. Click on the links below to sign up today!

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November CCAoNH Office Closures

Child Care Aware of NH, a program of Southern NH Services, will be closed the following days during the month of November:

  • Friday, November 10th
  • Thursday, November 23rd
  • Friday, November 24th

During these closures phone calls will be going to our messaging system and our LiveChat services will be closed. Please be sure to visit NH Connections for child care referrals, consumer education and training information.

November Celebrates Family Engagement Month!

November is Family Engagement Month! Here at Child Care Aware of NH, a program of Southern NH Services, we are partnering with Vroom all month long to bring you resources to share with your families. This year the theme is: A Celebration of Brain-Building Activities that Honor Cultures and Traditions.

If you are interested in learning more about Family Engagement, its importance, or some ideas to bring back to your program, visit the Family Engagement Page on NH Connections. To learn more about Vroom, click on the button below. Be sure to follow us on Facebook for all the great Family Engagement content we will be sharing!

Family Engagement
CCAoNH Facebook
Family Engagement Activities and Resources for Child Care Providers
Child Care Aware of America Family Engagement Month

CCAoNH Professional Development Opportunities

November Trainings At-A-Glance

Are you passionate about shaping the future of our youngest learners? Looking to enhance your skills in early childhood education? Look no further! Our November trainings offer a fantastic opportunity for child care providers to nurture and support the development of young children. Join us for a month filled with inspiration, knowledge, and networking.

We hope to see you at the in-person Infant and Toddler Institute coming to Manchester!

As this fall season continues to unfold, make sure to mark your calendars to enhance your professional development alongside us this upcoming month.

View the November Training Calendar
Register Through NHCIS

Intro and Overview of ERS and

Beyond the Intro and Overview of ERS

Upcoming Sessions:

Intro & Overview of ERS

  • Thurs. November 9th 12:30PM-2:00PM
  • Tues. November 28th 6:00PM-7:30PM

Beyond the Intro & Overview of ERS

  • Tues. November 14th 6:00PM-7:30PM

Get ready for an exciting opportunity to dive into the world of the Environment Rating Scales! Join us for upcoming sessions where we'll introduce you to these powerful tools and go beyond!

These sessions are not just informative; it's a chance to discover how to wield these tools effectively and uncover the incredible benefits they offer for your classrooms and program.

Environment Rating Scales
Register on NHCIS

The Power of Stories

Join us Wednesday, November 15th for an engaging session where we'll explore how to boost literacy skills in preschoolers through scaffolding.

We'll dive into the intriguing world of language and literacy development in 3 to 5-year-olds, backed by research insights.

Plus, you'll gain expertise in selecting age-appropriate books for various stages of development and get hands-on practice with evidence-based read-aloud techniques to help nurture these important skills.

View the Flyer
Register Through NHCIS

Early Childhood Collaboratives

Child Care Aware of NH is delighted to continue our online Early Childhood Focused Collaborative Meetings.

These dynamic gatherings are shaped by the participants themselves, ensuring that they align with your unique needs and interests. By joining us, you can expect to:

  • Stay informed about the latest developments in Child Care Aware of NH programs.
  • Gain access to crucial local and state information.
  • Get valuable professional development opportunities tailored to you

This month we're highlighting the Family Child Care Collaborative held the second Thursday of the month from 6:00PM-7:30 PM. This collaborative is designed to support family child care providers, enriching homebased early childhood environments.

This month you'll be learning more about Cyber Security in the Early Childhood Setting on Thursday, November 9th from 6:00-7:30 PM. You can register for this collaborative and others through your NHCIS account.

2023-2023 Early Childhood Collaboratives
November Collaborative Topics

CCAoNH Mini Conferences

Kick off the new year with personalized on-site professional development of your choosing. Child Care Aware of NH, a program of Southern NH Services, is excited to extend FREE on-site mini conferences. We're looking to schedule dates for programs beginning in 2024. Don't wait, schedule now!

You can choose up to 4 hours of training (daytime) or 2 hours of training in the evening from the list of trainings and enjoy these interactive, in-person workshops at your program. There's also some fun giveaways!

CONTACT: Dee Dee Thurber, Program Manager DThurber@snhs.org 

Contact CCAoNH Program Manager for Scheduling
CCAoNH Mini Conference Training Descriptions

Monthly Health And Safety Resources

Fall Safety Tips to Keep Children & Parents Safe

10 Fall Safety Tips to Keep Children and Parents Safe - Institute for Childhood Preparedness

Back-to-school is in full swing, and cooler days are setting in.

Although fall is beautiful with its foliage, fruits and vegetables, and fun family activities, it also presents new dangers to children and parents. Fall also brings shorter days, lower temperatures, a fast-approaching holiday season, and pesky new germs.

Stay safe this Autumn by practicing these fall safety tips from the Institute of Childhood Preparedness.

Fall Safety Tips in English
Fall Safety Tips in Spanish 

Other Early Childhood News And Updates

Child Care Operating Expense Reduction Grant (CCOER) is Open for Applications!

Exciting news!!! The Child Care Operating Expense Reduction Grant (CCOER) for $3,596,400 million, providing awards to eligible Child Care Providers with the purpose of enabling those providers to strengthen their workforce by reducing operating costs and investing in workforce retention and recruitment has opened up for applications. 

The program helps reduce specific operating expenses the program has incurred between March 3, 2021 and September 30, 2023 and may include: long-term mortgage, or lease payments; maintenance, repairs or renovations; building or expansion of outdoor space; programs or services necessary for business operations; such as software or training; or other facility enhancements, for the delivery of child care to New Hampshire families.  

Applications and all documentation must be submitted no later than December 1, 2023 @ 4:30 PM, EST.

NH Connections - NH Provider Grant Funds
CCOER Overview and Timeline
CCOER Application Link
Virtual Office Hours Schedule

Granite Steps for Quality

On behalf of the Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration, we would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the following programs on achieving a step in the Granite Steps for Quality System

Little Tree Education, Pyramid Model, Step 1

Kindercare Nashua, NAEYC, Step 3

New Morning After School Program at McKelvie, ERS, Step 2

The Children's Place and Parent Education Center, ERS, Step 2

Kindercare Londonderry, NAEYC, Step 3

Kindercare Bedford, NAEYC, Step 3

Kindercare Merrimack, NAEYC, Step 3

Wolfeboro Area Children's Center, Pyramid Model & ERS, Step 3

Congratulations and thank you for your dedication to continuous quality improvement! To learn more about Granite Steps for Quality and how you can apply for a Step, click the button below to view the Granite Steps for Quality page on NH Connections.

Granite Steps for Quality on NH Connections


Communication is a great start to establishing and maintaining a strong relationship between child care providers and the families they serve.

There are many FREE resources on the State Early Learning Alliance (SELA) Platform for Engaging Families.

Log in or register for the SELA Platform for free at www.selanhmembers.com or use the register QR code.

QUESTIONS? Email sela@earlylearningnh.org or schedule a half hour Zoom with us using this link https://calendly.com/jcowell-2/30min?month=2022-11

Child Development resources from respected experts in the field are helpful for parents and can be used as a discussion starter or to answer a question or concern.


General Health spread the word about how to reduce germs both in the classroom and at home with these resources on topics ranging from immunization and flu to measles and oral health to hand hygiene.


Nutrition and Fitness healthy bodies start with physical activity, limiting TV and screen time, and helping families with practical tip sheets on making nutritious food choices.


Safety use the Safety section to learn more about safe sleep, medication and poison safety.


Social and Emotional resources in this section cover topics about building resilience, caring and empathy, cooperation, discipline, emotions, feelings, separation anxiety and traumatic stress. 

SELA - Engaging Families

High School Students Early Childhood Apprenticeship

Do you want to work with children from birth to age 5? Get a jump start on your career as an Early Childhood Educator before you graduate high school.

With the support of a mentor teacher, learn skills in Child Development, Child Wellness, Supervision and Engagement, Learning Environments, Assessments and Observation, Special Topics, and Working with Families and Co-Workers. 

Contact Amanda for more information!

Email aenos@snhs.org or (603) -578-1386 ext. 2523 

Contact Early Childhood Apprenticeship Program and T.E.A.C.H. NH Support Coordinator
NH Connections - Early Childhood Apprenticeship Program

Child Care Aware of New Hampshire is a Child Care Resource and Referral Program of 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.

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