Monthly Minutes
July 2016
A Message from Child Care Aware of NH
August is here. A new month and a new beginning!

Child Care Aware of New Hampshire is busy behind the scenes getting ready for the next academic year.  We have lots of great things going on and can't wait to roll them out to you. Some of our exciting projects include our CCAoNH's web site redesign, an annual training calendar and updates to the NH Professional Registry.   These are just a few of the wonderful things we have in store for the school year.  Be on the lookout for more information about all of these projects.  

We wish you a wonderful rest of the summer and we hope you enjoy this edition of Monthly Minutes.  

Our Latest News and Updates

       Get your calendar out to SAVE THE DATES for our annual "Caring for our Children" Conferences.

Child Care Aware of NH will be hosting the "Caring for Our Children: Health, Safety, Nutrition and Wellness" Conferences in Nashua, as well as in Conway.  Our former "Keys to Quality" Conference will now be a "Caring for Our Children" Conference to better accommodate the growing need and upcoming professional development requirements for Health and Safety training topics.   

Save the Date
Caring for our Children Conference
in Nashua, NH
September 24, 2016
Save the Date  
Caring for Our Children  Conference
in Conway, NH
November 5, 2016
2016 Provider Update Raffle Winners

Our Annual Provider Information Updates are complete! Congratulations to all of the raffle winners.  Child Care Aware of NH greatly appreciates all of the providers and programs that returned their Provider Updates.  The information collected allows us to give accurate and up-to-date referrals to families across the state. Thank You!

1st drawing-Customized Work Shop:

  • Milton Children’s Center (Milton)

2nd drawing-$50 Dollar gift Cards:

  • Karrie French, New Morning School (Bedford)
  • Northwest Strafford County YMCA Child Development Center (Rochester)
  • Sally Wood, First Start Children’s Center (Concord)

3rd drawing $35 Training Bucks:

  • Newport Montessori School (Newport)
  • Isis Eustace, Franconia Children’s Center ( Franconia)
  • Lisa McChesney, RCCC Up at Nancy Loud (Rochester)
  • Jen Hayward, Hazel MacBrien Nursery School (Sanbornville)
  • Miss Sylvia’s Family Daycare (Londonderry)

4th drawing $25 Gift Card:

  • Tammy Lear, Strafford Company Head Start (Somersworth)
  • Wild Roots Nature School (Keene)
  • Ginny Bridle, Village Preschool (Hampton)
  • Debra Asquity, Little Frogs and Polliwogs (Manchester)
  • Maria Von Doellinger, Maria’s Child Day Care (Nashua)

5th drawing $10 Training bucks:

  • Kerrie DiNardo, Country View Day School (Laconia)
  • Katrina Jenks, Kids Time (Lyme)
  • Debra Harvey, Deb’s Day Care (Charlestown)
  • Sondra Merrill, Sondra’s Child Care (Hooksett)
  • Jeanne Carrigan, Mother Goose Child Care Center (Gorham)
  • Anne Edmonds, Annie’s Daycare (Chichester)
  • Melissa Scott, Learn as We Play (Goffstown)
  • Nancy Gagnon, Sunrise Children’s Center (Amherst)
  • Heather Cassavaugh, The Ark (Tilton)
  • Nancy Norris, Acorn Brown’s Turtle Town Daycare (Laconia)
Resources to Share with Families
Vroom Video Tip:
Picture Dectective
Check out one of Vroom's Tips on video!  Use these as inspiration for creating brain building moments with the children in your program.

Click on the picture above to watch the Vroom Picture Detective video.
  August is Family Fun Month
August is Family Fun Month and with 31 days until September, there is still plenty of summer fun to be had.  H ere is a list of some fun things to do every day in August with your family. 
  • Go on a picnic
  • Visit a water/amusement park
  • Take a trip to the local children’s museum
  • Take a ferry or train ride
  • Play a game of charades
  • Run through sprinklers
  • Make s’mores
  • Put a jigsaw puzzle together
  • Go see a movie
  • Go on a treasure hunt
  • Play hide and seek
  • Play miniature golf
  • Go to the beach and build a sand castle
  • Play Marco Polo at the pool
  • Walk along a boardwalk
  • Build an indoor fort, tent or tepee
  • Have a water balloon fight
  • Sit around a campfire and tell scary stories
  • Go through your childhood pictures and share a special memory with your child
  • Go on a bike ride
  • Be a tourist in your own town and visit a popular attraction
  • Blow bubbles (better yet make your own!)
  • Make your own ice cream
  • Go to an arcade and play video games
  • Go horseback riding
  • Spend a Saturday morning on a hike
  • Go for Sunday brunch
  • Toss a frisbee around
  • Roll down a grassy hill
  • Spend an evening star gazing
  • Go to the zoo or aquarium
  • Take a family photo


Other Early Childhood News & Updates

2016 New Hampshire Early Care and Education

Market Rate Survey

The results of the recently completed New Hampshire Child Care Market Rate Survey are in. These results provide a picture of NH child care and early education over the past 15 years.  They review rates and regional differences, identify trends and discuss the impact of the economy on programs.

Click here to see the full report.

Join the CDB For A Summer “Stroll” Through

The NH Early Childhood Credentialing 

SESSION 1: “It's Virtually Possible! Applying for your Credential Online”

SESSION 2: “NH ECE Workforce Specialized Competencies: Tools for Professional Development”

For Professional Development Hours: 

Register now and receive an email with your personal link to use for the webinar you select.
  • Please plan to log in in at least five minutes prior to the start of the webinar.
  • Credit for attending a session will appear on your training transcript, in the NH Professional Registry, within 5 business days after the training.

Click here or on the picture below for a printable flyer.   

TIECS-Highly Qualified Consultant Program: 

An Introduction to The Pilot Project

In response to the incredible interest shown in this webinar,

A posted recording of the webinar presentation can be accessed by clicking here or on the link in the flyer.

For more information click here or on the flyer.  

Early Learning NH Professional Development Conference 

Registration for the 2016 Early Learning NH Professional Development Conference taking place on Saturday, October 22nd is now open! 

  • To register for this event please go to
  • You can register online or print the registration form and mail it in to us.
  • Sign up by July 31 and receive the early bird discount.
  • Many of our workshops fill up quickly so please register TODAY!

Please call ELNH with any questions at (603) 226-7900.

Conway Region

To Early Childhood Program Providers serving children in SAU9:

SAU #9 received the services of NH Listens to help engage the SAU9 community in conversation about the importance of early childhood and to determine the quality educational programming to best serve the needs of preschool age children and their families in our districts. Needs include the ability to access early childhood programming (related to transportation, schedule or cost), curriculum and overall program design. This is part of a statewide effort, supported by the NH Endowment for Health and the NH Charitable Foundation. The Mt. Washington Valley is one of eight communities in NH to receive the services of NH Listens, a civic engagement program of the Carsey School of Public Policy at UNH, which engages residents in local, regional, and statewide conversations on a broad range of topics to bring about informed, innovative solutions to complex issues. A group of community members has been meeting as a Communications Team to design and to facilitate a transparent public engagement process that brings SAU9 school districts closer to a goal of ensuring that all children entering kindergarten are emotionally and socially ready to learn and thrive. Additional teams are looking at curriculum, budget and program design and implementation.

In preparation for community-wide events to take place in September and October 2016, the Communications Team is reaching out over the summer through small group conversations to help ensure that everyone has a voice in the discussion about quality educational programming for the preschool-age children in SAU9 districts.  The voices of early childhood program providers in the SAU9 community are an essential part of this process! We will:

  • Share information on the importance of early childhood education and support services
  • Listen to your thoughts about quality early childhood experiences for MWV children
  • Ask you what information needs to be highlighted/discussed in the community gatherings
  • Ask for your participation in one of 2 or 3 “Raising NH” discussions in September as follows:
  • North Conway Community Center: Wednesday, September 21st
  • Bartlett Elementary School: Tuesday, September 27th
  • an additional event in Jackson is yet to be determined

We hope all providers will join us at a valley-wide  “Raising Mt. Washington Valley”  community event at Kennett High School on Wednesday, October 12th. If you would like to receive an invitation to a gathering of providers being scheduled for the the third week of August to learn more, please contact Emily Benson at
Employment Opportunities
Job opportunities are included as a courtesy to programs requesting that information be shared and disseminated. Please note that Child Care Aware of NH will disseminate this information once through the next available e-newsletter depending upon the date sent. Submissions must be email ready and should be sent to Submissions received by the 7th of the month will be placed in the "At-A-Glance" e-newsletter and submissions received by the 25th of the month will be placed in the "Monthly Minutes" e-newsletter.
Child Care Aware of NH will soon have an open position. Be on the look out for more information or go to

The Ark is now hiring for an Associate Teacher and Child Care Assistant.  

Email Resume to or call 286-9966 and ask for Heather.

Keene State College Child Development Center has a  Floating Substitute Teacher
part-time, temporary, non-benefit position available.

Click here for more information about this position. 

Primrose School at Bedford Hills is hiring for Infant, Early Preschool and Preschool rooms.   Join a new, growing team of professionals, committed to making a difference in young children's lives. 
  • Competitive compensation package including medical, dental, vision, 401K, and paid holidays provided in addition to curriculum and teaching supplies.
If you are passionate about nurturing young children and committed to excellence, please forward resume and employment application, found on our website at  under "Careers".
Moultonborough Learning Center is hiring!  MLC is seeking qualified ECE staff to fill a lead teacher position beginning in the fall of 2016 (part time substitute; position may lead to full time).

Click here for more information about this position. 

Apply by contacting Bridget Lyle at (603) 253-4200 or by emailing a resume to
Child Care Aware of New Hampshire 
Contact Information
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Thank you,
Child Care Aware of NH Team

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