July 2022
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.
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News from CCAoNH
NHCIS Program Profile Updates
Have you updated your Program Profile in NHCIS lately? With fall approaching, the Child Care Resource and Referral Outreach Specialists have been busy taking calls from families that are getting ready for the new school year. In order to have the most accurate information available to the Outreach Specialists, as well as families using the NH Child Care Search Portal, we ask that you please take a moment and look over your NHCIS Program Profile, and make any necessary changes. A completed profile has:
  • an updated enrollment status
  • updated vacancies
  • completed hours/schedule
  • completed additional information (meals, transportation, financial assistance, etc.)
If you have any questions, please give us a call at 855-393-1731, ext. 2531, and an Outreach Specialist can assist you. You can also visit the Program Profiles Page on NH Connections for a reference guide and a how-to video.
Child Care Aware of NH is on Facebook
Did you know that Child Care Aware of NH is on Facebook? It's true! We have a page for Providers, where you can get the latest updates from us here at Child Care Aware of NH and our collaborative partners, as well as information on upcoming professional development opportunities and resources to share with staff and families. We also have a page for Families where they can find information on local supports and articles pertaining to family life and parenting. Click the buttons below and don't forget to give us a "Like"!
Need Training for Granite Steps for Quality?
Child Care Aware of NH, a program of Southern NH Services, will be offering additional Intro and Overview of ERS professional development opportunities this summer! Trainings are being offered in July and August, with evening and afternoon options.

Intro and Overview of the
Environment Rating Scales (ERS)
This training is an introduction and overview of the Environment Rating Scales. The training will provide basic
information on the Environment Rating Scales, how to use the tools and the benefits of using the tools in
your classrooms and program.

Registration is through NHCIS.
Date: Thursday, July 28, 2022
Time: 12:30-2:30 PM

Date: Tuesday, August 12, 2022
Time: 6:15-8:15 PM

Date: Thursday, August 25, 2022
Time: 12:30-2:30 PM
News From The Bureau of Child Development
and Head Start Collaboration
COVID Absentee Billing Has Been Extended
On May 2, 2022 The Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration made the announcement that Absent Due to Covid Billing policy would be extended for CCDF and non-CCDF children from May 30 through September 4, 2022. 
Absent Due to COVID Invoicing Spreadsheets
Are you looking for Absent Due to COVID Invoicing Spreadsheets? You can find them on our Financial Resources page! To access them, click on "Absent Due to COVID" from the menu on the left-side of the page. There you will find the latest invoicing spreadsheets, along with any other important updates.
Upcoming NH Child Care Series Session: Register TODAY
State of New Hampshire Child Care Webinar Session Five: Employers and Child Care Creative Solutions and Partnerships

Trainer: Dianne R. Chase, Assistant Bureau Chief
Date: Wednesday, July 20, 2022
Time: 5:30-7:00 PM

*this session is being combined with Session Four: Child Care – Successfully Meeting the Challenges that was scheduled June 29th
QRIS: Granite Steps for Quality (GSQ) News
On May 26th, the Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration issued an announcement about Granite Steps for Quality pertaining to the application process. To more efficiently process applications and award Quality Steps, there is a temporary pause in the use of NHCIS for Credentialing applications and GSQ applications; paper applications will be used until the fall.
The first Tuesday of every month will feature an open call with the Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration as they discuss all topics GSQ!

The next call will be Tuesday, August 2, 2022, 12:30-1:30 pm, all Child Care and Out-of-School Time providers are welcome! Please bring GSQ questions with you to the Zoom meeting. They will be inviting their collaborative partners monthly to discuss GSQ Pathways as they continue to build the GSQ system!  
Attention Awarded GSQ Child Care and OST Providers,

If you are looking for the Granite Steps for Quality (GSQ) Logo for use on your program’s website/ family marketing pages, please email NHGSQ@dhhs.nh.gov. There is a required signed attestation in order to use the Logo. Once the GSQ team receives your email, you will be sent the required attestation and digital GSQ Logo image for your use.


BCHDSC: GSQ Review Team
Andrea Foster & Emma Heath Salerni
News That Keeps You Healthy and Safe
New Hampshire Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)
The New Hampshire Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is a federally assisted meal program that provides free, nutritious meals and snacks to help children in low-income areas get the nutrition they need throughout the summer months when they are out of school. Sponsors provide free meals to a group of children at a central site, such as a school, park, low-income housing complex, community center, or camp.
To be eligible for New Hampshire Summer Food Service Program, you must be a resident of New Hampshire and 18 years of age or under. To determine eligibility and/or find a site, please see the buttons below.
Choose Safe Places Private Well Water Testing Initiative
If your drinking water comes from a well and serves fewer than 25 people, you may be eligible for the Choose Safe Places Private Well Water Testing Initiative!

CSP is conducting a voluntary Private Well
Water Testing Initiative to provide free water testing for Early Care and Education licensed providers who get their drinking
water from a private well. If you're interested in learning more, you can click below to read the announcement and access some frequently asked questions. To register, click the image to the left.
Questions From the Field
Can You Take a Minute to Help a Provider?
Danielle Higuera, Doctoral Candidate, is a graduate student in the School of Education at Liberty University and is conducting a project as part of the requirements for an Educational Leadership degree. The purpose of the project is to determine whether there is a difference in the type of childcare center that at-risk children attend, and Danielle is inviting eligible participants to join the study. Participants must be 18 years of age or older and a current Director. Participants, if willing, will be asked to complete a survey. It should take approximately 10 minutes to complete the procedure listed. Names and other identifying information will be requested as part of this study, but the information will remain confidential. To participate, please click here.
A consent document is provided as the first page of the survey. The consent document contains additional information about the project. After you have read the consent form, please click “Ok” to proceed to the survey. Doing so will indicate that you have read the consent information and would like to take part in the survey.

If you have questions, please contact Danielle Higuera by phone at 603-724-1073 or by email: drhiguera@liberty.edu
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.