At-A-Glance
February 15, 2020
A quick look at what's happening!
Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love. " - Lao Tzu
Child Care Aware of NH Updates
Southern New Hampshire Services Will Be Closed
Child Care Aware of NH, powered by Southern New Hampshire Services, will be closed on Monday, February 17, 2020 in observance of President's Day. We will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, February 18, 2020.
Early Childhood Credential Challenge
The Challenge ends March 1, 2020, don't miss this opportunity!
Click on the each flyer for a printable copy.
2020 CCAoNH Photo Shoot
Looking for Volunteers!
We are looking for volunteer programs to participate in this year’s photo shoots. If you are interested in having your program be a part of the next round of CCAoNH photo shoots, please email  outreach2ccrr@snhs.org . We are looking for every size and type of program to participate. Please note that in the selection process, preference will be given to programs that already have an existing relationship with us e.g. a staff member attends one of Early Childhood Leadership Collaboratives, participates or has participated in a Progressive or Cohort program. 
"Starting the Conversation"...
Toddlers and Biting: Finding the Right Response
"Trying your best to understand the underlying cause of the biting will help you develop an effective response. Children bite in order to cope with a challenge or fulfill a need." Find out more at Zero to Three.
CCAoNH is Hiring
Come be a part of our dynamic team! We are looking to fill two open positions. If you are interested in either position, click on the link below.

Child Care Resource and Referral Outreach Specialist:
  • Provides referrals to families seeking child care.
  • Provides consumer education for families in selecting child care.
  • Conducts outreach, advocacy and networking activities. 
  • Maintains the client and provider portion of our database ensuring timely entries, accuracy of information and quarterly reporting.
  • This is a Statewide position.
T.E.A.C.H. NH Counselor:
  • Promotes, markets and assists in the administration of T.E.A.C.H. NH scholarship program.
  • Provides case management to scholarship recipients.
  • Actively recruits and supports T.E.A.C.H. NH early childhood sponsors.
  • Actively represents T.E.A.C.H. NH’s efforts to build relationships within the early childhood community and engage early childhood stakeholders.
What's New on the Website?
CCAoNH is redesigning the website. We now have a completed homepage and are moving into designing our three main sub pages. Once completed with the three main sub pages, we will be able to create the bulk of the site. Stay tuned for sneak peaks!
Professional Development Opportunities 
2019-2020 Annual Training Calendar
Click  here  or on the cover to view the 2019-2020 Annual Training Calendar.
Spring 2020 NH Early Childhood Leadership Summit:
Leadership Journeys in Early Childhood Education
Thursday, March 12, 2020

8:30 am to 4:00 pm

Southern New Hampshire University
Hospitality Center, Salon A & B
2500 North River Road
Manchester, NH 03106

To register, go to Eventbrite .

Click here or on the flyer for more details.
Child Care Training Institute
Putting a Pep in Your Step: Exercising Our Professional Skills
Saturday, March 21, 2020

8:30 am to 4:00 pm

DoubleTree by Hilton
2 Somerset Parkway
Nashua, NH 03063

To register, go to Eventbrite .

Click here or on the flyer for more details.
Caring for Our Children Conference in Portsmouth
Saturday, April 4, 2020

7:30 am to 3:15 pm

Great Bay Community College
320 Corporate Drive
Portsmouth, NH 03801

To register, go to Eventbrite .

Click here or on the flyer for more details.
Save the date for the Spring 2020 Training and TA Institute on May 14, 2020
CCAoNH Collaboratives
Early Childhood
Leadership Collaboratives
Family Child Care Network Collaborative
Health and Safety
Emergency planning happens year round. Each month, we will highlight safety themes and resources. The National Safety Council has a list of themes and events:  https://www.nsc.org/events/safety-observance-calendar .

February   2020 is American Heart Month! 

During February, participate in "Living a Long and Healthy Life: Keeping hearts beating gets our hearts pumping". According to the American Heart Association, "They have an unhealthy obsession with your health. They fund science that helps figure out new ways to lower your blood pressure and keep your heart healthy so you can live your best life." Click  here  to learn more.
NHAEYC News
New Hampshire Association for the Education of Young Children would like to announce a Save the Date for our New Play Symposium, on May 16, 2020.

The Public Policy Forum is coming up at the end of February, with two NHAEYC members attending. Please follow us on Facebook, so you can follow along on the advocacy work that is happening in Washington DC, and what you can do to support the Early Childhood Field in NH.

Resources to Share With Families
Tax Time

As the IRS tax filing season begins, our agency, Southern New Hampshire Services, has announced its support in helping residents in Hillsborough and Rockingham Counties file their taxes. Free tax preparation services are available at a number of sites located in the two counties.
A complete list of free tax preparation sites located throughout the state of NH is available on-line at 211nh.org or by calling 2-1-1. The 2-1-1 Information & Referral specialist can assist in setting up appointments for those who call.
February 26, 2020 is
"National Tell a Fairy Tale Day"

Share this day with families and have them share their favorite fairy tale with your program.
Other Early Childhood News & Updates
The Lead-Safe Toolkit for Home-Based Child Care

The project that Healthy Homes and Lead Poisoning Prevention Program is working on with the Children's Environmental Health Network (CEHN) and the National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC), it is being done with Child Care Aware to present this bimonthly four-part series discussing lead in paint (February 19), water (April 15), soil (June 17), and consumer products (August 19). Each webinar will run approximately 30 minutes.
 
Registration is now open for the first webinar, "Lead in Paint" on Wednesday, February 19 (8-8:30 p.m. ET/5-5:30 p.m. PT), so please sign up and join us:
 
Please feel free to share this webinar link: Even if you don't have children in a home-based child care facility, you probably know someone who does. We can solve these problems by educating not only the service providers but also the parents of the children in their care.
 
You can also peruse the lead-safe policies and worksheets the group has created so far, as well as other great resources, to assist family child care businesses in creating healthier environments for children.
Congratulations BVS Family & Child Enrichment Center LLC
BVS Family & Child Enrichment Center LLC began the Quality Investment Initiative (QII) NAEYC Accreditation Cohort in November 2016. Through their hard work, dedication and perseverance, they were awarded NAEYC Accreditation on January 24th, 2020. CCAoNH would like to congratulate BVS on this awesome achievement!

The BVS team was able to attain this accreditation by attending various trainings and professional development opportunities offered through the QII program with the generous support of the NH Charitable Foundation. They created and maintained classroom portfolios in accordance with current Early Childhood Standards, and ensured they’re were providing the families and children at their center with the best learning environments and caregivers. Through this process, the BVS team became more familiar with State standards, how to create safe environments that promote optimal learning opportunities for every child, and were able to strengthen their overall knowledge about providing the highest quality early childhood care.
Way to go BVS!
News about the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)
Currently there are no confirmed cases in NH but please check out the link below for more information about what this virus is, how it spreads, what are the symptoms, how you can protect yourself and others, along with additional resources and recommendations.

This information was provided to us from the Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration courtesy of the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health Services, Bureau of Infectious Disease Control. 
Child Care Aware of NH Contact Information
Need Help? Support? Call our Training and TA Lines!
Main Toll Free Line: 1-855-393-1731 
Bilingual Support Line: 1-855-393-1731 x 28 

Regional Outreach Offices: Training & TA/Help Lines:
Southern/Main Regional Office: 
Concord Regional Office: 
Eastern Regional Office:  
Western Regional Office:
Northern Regional Office:      
(603) 578-1386, x 32 
(603) 227-6383
(603) 578-1386, x 32 
(603) 903-0830
(603) 323-7091 or (603) 752-1327
We hope you've enjoyed this edition of At-A-Glance. Look for future editions on the 15th of the month! Items for submission for At-A-Glance must be sent to  outreach2ccrr@snhs.org  before the 7th of each month with the subject line "At-A-Glance". 

Child Care Aware of New Hampshire also offers FREE & CONFIDENTIAL Child Care Resource and Referral Services (CCR&R) to families and early childhood professionals. Please feel free to refer families seeking care to 1-855-393-1731. 

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The preparation of this email was financed under a Contract with the State of NH, 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 NH and the US Department of Health and Human Services.