March 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?
  • Spotlight on Professional Development
  • March is National Reading Month
  • Updated NHCIS Licensing Basics Quick Guide
  • CACFP Week is Here!
News from CCAoNH
The Third Quarter of the 2022-2023 Annual Training Calendar is Here!
The third (3rd) quarter of the 2022-2023 Annual Training Calendar is here!

We've got some great topics being covered including moving beyond rewards and punishments, supporting families in their breastfeeding journey, as well as celebrating Screen-Free Week!

You can check out all of these opportunities by clicking on the image or the button to the right.
Choose Love Pop-Up Sessions
We still have one more pop-up Choose Love session! Come learn more about the Choose Love Movement with the founder herself, Scarlett Lewis.

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

To register for this session, please click the button below. This session 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.
Celebrate National Reading Month with CCAoNH
March is National Reading Month and Child Care Aware of NH wants to go on an adventure with you!

Check out this fun activity card with all kinds of awesome literacy activities that you can do with the little ones in your care. Snap a picture of the activity and post it to our Facebook page or send it to [email protected]!

Be sure to keep an eye on that Facebook page for resources and tips!
News From The Bureau of Child Development
and Head Start Collaboration
Updated NHCIS Licensing Guide
The Child Care Licensing Unit (CCLU) recently updated the NHCIS Licensing Basics Quick Guide. This new version includes information on how to complete a licensing application, as well as how to respond to a statement of findings.

Click the button below to check out the updated NHCIS Licensing Basics Quick Guide.
Starting the Conversation
Tips for Building a Child's Imagination
Would it surprise you to learn that encouraging your child’s imagination and creative thinking is likely to have a greater impact on their future learning than knowing letters and shapes before school? It is also great fun.

Young children tend to be curious, have great imagination and enormous creative capacity. These are valuable qualities that support learning in school and throughout life, and should be nurtured from an early age.

Over the past decade, there seems to be increased pressure for children to build formal literacy and mathematical knowledge at an earlier stage, for example, to learn letters and sounds, colors and shapes, facts and figures.

While the intent is to support learning and successful transition to school, evidence suggests that a narrow focus on teaching such skills too early is not the best approach.

Why is imagination important in child development?

Imagination supports learning and the acquisition of knowledge. It does this in two ways. Children draw on their imagination in play to revisit prior knowledge and experience (e.g. a day at the beach, visiting a relative in the hospital). This, in turn, expands their knowledge and understanding of these experiences.

Check out this article on how you and the families you serve can help build a child's imagination.
Additional Resources
CACFP Week is Here!
CACFP Week is a national education and information campaign sponsored annually the third week of March by the National CACFP Sponsors Association. The campaign is designed to raise awareness of how the USDA's Child and Adult Care Food Program works to combat hunger. The CACFP brings healthy foods to tables across the country for children in child care centers, homes, and afterschool programs as well as adults in day care.

To learn more about CACFP, CACFP Week, or to find resources to spread the word about CACFP, click the buttons below.
Free PPE and Over the Counter COVID-19 Test Kits
The New Hampshire Department of Health & Human Services (NH DHHS) is offering free Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and Over-the-Counter (OTC) Covid-19 antigen tests.

They are offering these free resources while supplies last. Eligibility and other details are outlined in the table below.
Please note, they are also offering delivery services for limited time. If you are not able to pick your order from our Concord location, they will work with you to arrange free delivery.
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.