January 2023
We hope you find the resources in this month's "E-News You Can Use" issue helpful to access the most important information from CCAoNH, the Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration, the NH Child Care Licensing Unit and other collaborative partners.
What's In This Issue?
  • 2023 Winter Keys to Quality E-Conference
  • Choose Love Movement Pop-Up Sessions
  • New NH Connections page
  • Vroom Tips for Stressful Times
  • Free Environmental Health Training
News from CCAoNH
2023 Winter Keys to Quality E-Conference
The 2023 Winter Keys to Quality E-Conference is almost here! We are so excited to spend the day with all of you learning and developing as professionals. There are so many amazing sessions being offered, here are just a few of the highlights:

  • Childhood Lead Poisoning in NH: How to Keep Children Lead-Safe 
  • Sign Language to Enhance Social-Emotional Learning
  • Creating Positive Mealtime Attitudes
  • NHCIS Background Record Checks Training and Q&A

This year there are twelve (12) sessions being offered, so there is plenty to choose from!
For more information and to register, click the picture of the brochure or the button.
Choose Love Pop-Up Sessions
Child Care Aware of NH is offering three (3) pop-up sessions! Come learn more about the Choose Love Movement with the founder herself, Scarlett Lewis.

January 25th: Choose Love- Scarlett's Story and the Choices that Helped to Create the Choose Love Movement

March 1st: Making Choose Love Accessible for Everyone- Tools You Can Use to Stay on the Choose Love Path and Bring Joy to Your Life Everyday

March 29th: Choose Love-Checking In-Tools that Have Been Impactful for You, How to Keep Moving Forward (Growth Mindset)

To register for these sessions, please click the button below. All three (3) sessions will be recorded and emailed to individuals registered. If you are unable to attend any or all of the sessions, please feel free to register so that you may receive the recordings.
2022-2023 Credential Challenge
There is still time to sign-up for the 2022-2023 Credential Challenge! Child Care Aware of NH is accepting commitment forms now until February 28, 2023. Take the challenge as a team, or work towards your credential as an individual. Child Care Aware of NH is covering the $15 cost of the Application, as well as the $5 cost for an Infant/Toddler Endorsement.

Those participating will receive technical assistance from Child Care Aware of NH by phone, virtually, or on-site as requested. They will also receive training resources to support credentialing.

Of course, we can't talk Credential Challenge without talking prizes! There are gift cards for classroom supplies, self-care, staff lunches, and some other really great prizes.

Click on the flyer for more information.
Credential Support
Navigating the NH Early Childhood Professional Development System can feel overwhelming. The good news is that there is help available! Check out some of the sessions being offered between now and February. Learn more about the NH Early Childhood Credential Process or how to Create a Professional Development Plan. To learn more about these sessions, click on the flyer.
January/February Dates At-a-Glance
Office Hours with the Credentialing Specialist
January Date: Tuesday, January 24, 2023
February Date: Thursday, February 2, 2023
Time: 1-2:00 PM
Trainer: Annmarie Censullo, Credentialing Specialist
Creating a Professional Development Plan Using the NH Workforce Competencies
Date: Tuesday, February 16, 2023
Time: 6:30-8:30 PM
Trainer: Jenn Ganim-Smith, ECMPWT
NH Early Childhood Credential Process: Applying for Your Credential
January Date: Tuesday, January 24, 2023
February Date: Thursday, February 2, 2023
Time: 6:00-7:30 PM
Trainer: Annmarie Censullo, Credentialing Specialist
*please note that for Office Hours with the Credentialing Specialist, there is no registration and Professional Development hours are NOT awarded. Individuals are welcome to join the office hours anytime during the time allotted and are not required to stay on for the full hour.
News From The Bureau of Child Development
and Head Start Collaboration
New Hampshire COVID-Related Provider Grant Funds
There's a brand new page on NH Connections! Have you had the chance to check out the New Hampshire COVID-Related Provider Grant Funds page, yet?

In an effort to streamline information and make it easier for providers to find, all of the information pertaining to recent grant opportunities can now be found on that Grants page. This includes reporting templates, instructions, FAQ's, and webinars. Be sure to bookmark it and check back often as more information is added!
Do you have questions about any of the grant reporting? The Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration has created a temporary HelpDesk link to support providers with completing their final reports. You can use this link whenever you need, as often as you like. To submit a question, click the button below.
*please use this link INSTEAD of emailing
Absent Due to COVID Policy Update-12/14/2022
The Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration (BCDHSC) is pleased to announce important updates to the Absent Due to COVID temporary policy change. The policy end date was extended for CCDF and non-CCDF children from January 2 through April 2, 2023. The Department reserves the right to end this extension earlier than April 2, 2023 in the event that costs exceed the budgeted allocation. In the event that the policy will end earlier than April 2, 2023, the Department will notify providers at least two weeks in advance of the revised end date.

To read the full update, and access updated invoicing spreadsheets, click the buttons below.
Background Record Check Page
Check out the brand new page on NH Connections, "New Hampshire Background Record Checks for Licensed Child Care". This page contains resources helpful for the background record check process, including step-by-step instructions for navigating the background check process, how to schedule a fingerprint appointment, and contact information for when assistance is needed.

To find more information, click the button below.
Starting the Conversation
Vroom Tips for Stressful Times
Parents are a child's first educators. But sometimes when parents hear that it might make them feel overwhelmed or that they're not "qualified" to educate their child. That is simply not true!

The incredible thing is that some of the most wonderful learning experiences often come from shared, everyday moments. Vroom put together some helpful tips and resources to support parents to turn everyday moments into brain-building moments. The tips also include a "Brainy Background" explaining how the activity supports the child's brain development.

Check out this, "Calm and Connect" Tip Set that can help a caregiver to connect with their child and return to moments of calm. This set can be used in the classroom and to share with parents to help them support their child's brain development.
Additional Resources
Make 2023 the Year to Take Free Environmental Health Training
Take advantage of this FREE Children’s Environmental Health e-course! It is a free online training on the ProSolutions website: Eco-Healthy Child Care. Use Code NHECO at checkout. The training was produced and created by the Eco-Healthy Childcare Program of the Children’s Environmental Health Network.

Learn about low-cost, effective tips for reducing potential environmental hazards like unsafe plastics, pesticides and lead, and improving environmental quality
in water, air, soil and dust to support healthy children as they learn and grow. This training counts as part of your
required annual Health and Safety training hours.
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 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.