Monthly Minutes
July 2016
A Message from Child Care Aware of NH
July is here. Welcome summer!  

This month, we will be wrapping up old projects and getting ready for the new academic year. Shannon Quinn, our Professional Development Support Coordinator is working hard to create our first ever, year long training calendar. It will be available to programs in mid-to-late August. Be sure to keep an eye out for it.

This summer, we are also working on our web site, as well as, having custom development done to the NH Professional Registry.  Read below for details about these new and upcoming changes. 

We hope that everyone is keeping cool in this balmy July weather.  We wish you a safe and healthy summer and hope you enjoy this edition of Monthly Minutes.  

Our Latest News and Updates
Closed for the 4th 
Child Care Aware of NH will be closed July 4th in observance of Independence Day. CCAoNH wishes everyone a safe and healthy holiday! Child Care Aware of NH staff will be back in the offices on Tuesday, July 5.  
Web Redesign 
Our Child Care Aware of NH website is undergoing a website redesign this summer. The website is in the process of being rebuilt to help make it more user friendly added new technology and with more functionality.  This website will continue to house many of the same helpful resources and we look forward to utilizing some new ones as well.  We are very excited about this development and cannot wait to show you. Be on the lookout for more details.  
Custom  Development for the NH Professional Registry
The NH Professional Registry is having some work done, called custom development.  One change is in regards to duplicate email addresses being used. Now only one email address can be used to create an account. You will not be able to use the same email to create other accounts. This reduces duplicate users and accounts. Please note that the NH Professional Registry is for the individual user and is not meant to be maintained by anyone other than that user. 

Other development pieces underway pertain to the color coding of training on the  training calendar that is housed in the NH Professional Registry.  It will now be easier to see which entity is hosting trainings.  At present, CCAoNH trainings are red, ACROSS NH's are blue and the Child Development Bureau's will be green. We hope this will make it easier for you when selecting training from either of these organizations.

Additional development is being done to include a payment feature so that you can pay for any trainings with a cost through the Registry. We are having TA receipts available to participants so that these may be considered for professional development and we are looking forward to having program directors having read-only access to staff trainings.

We are excited about all of these new changes being made to the NH Professional Registry. We hope that these changes make the Registry easier to use and more efficient.  We look forward to sharing all the changes with you when they are completed.  

Professional Development 

Child Care Aware of NH does not offer trainings during July and August.  If you are looking for professional development hours, you can check out Child Care Aware Training Academy.
The Training Courses are designed to help early ch ildhood professionals complete annual training requirements and acquire required training hours for those seeking a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential, CDA credential renewal or in-service training. Our courses provide a variety of engaging topics designed specifically for the early childhood professional.

New Hampshire’s Child Care Licensing Unit accepts these recorded webinars through Child Care Training Academy as Professional Development Self Study. A maximum of 6 hours of Self Study in a 12 month time period can be used towards the required 18 hours of professional development hours.

Resources to Share with Families
Vroom Video Tip:
Hand Telescope
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 Hand Telescope video.
  July is Parks and
Recreation Month
The 2016 Discover the Power of Parks nature programs will begin the last weekend in June and continue into the fall. Programs focus on connecting participants with nature and building appreciation for New Hampshire's unmatched natural heritage Interpretive Rangers from the Student Conservation Association  will present informative and entertaining programs all summer long .

The Interpretive Rangers offer guided hikes, interpretive tours, and imaginative environmental workshops for children and families. Programming is offered at the following State Parks:

Programs are offered free to guests with paid park admission fee.

Other Early Childhood News & Updates
Join Child Care Aware® of America and Hope Street Group
in Taking Action for Child Care

From birth to age 5, children’s brains are developing more quickly than at any other time in life. During this period, children are not  just learning their letters and numbers; they are also building emotional and social skills. Young children with developed social-emotional skills are more likely to live healthier, successful lives as adults.

We know that a safe, nurturing environment that enriches children’s development is critical to working families and is one of the best investments we can make in our economy. Yet, quality child care is highly cost prohibitive; today, a year of child care costs is higher than a year of in-state tuition at most colleges.

Check out Faces of Child Care campaign, which highlights people across the country who believe and advocate for the importance of high-quality, affordable, and accessible child care for all families. 

Join Child Care Aware® of America and Hope Street Group by reaching out to your representative and letting them know that all families deserve access to quality, affordable child care.

Tell your representative why supporting child care is important to you and your community; share your experience and tell your story! Make your voice heard by letting your Congress member know that you support the prioritization of access to quality, affordable child care for all families.

Use our easy, online action center to send a pre-crafted, customizable letter to your representative.

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.
Preschool Technical Assistance Network (PTAN)  position available.

The PTAN Project Assistant is a part-time, grant-funded position. 
  • Successful applicant will work closely with the Project Director and staff to sustain and support current and future project activities that are specifically responsive to the priorities of the Project’s funders.  
  • The Project Assistant is the ‘point person’ for the Project, serving as the primary contact for NH child care teachers and directors, preschool special education coordinators and special education administrators and others seeking professional development support. 

If interested, please click here (and scroll down) for position and application details.

New Futures is seeking a dynamic, highly motivated, detail oriented Early Childhood Policy Coordinator to coordinate and lead early childhood policy and advocacy efforts in New Hampshire.
  • New Futures is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit advocacy organization that serves as the home for the Nonprofit Advocacy Hub (Hub) in New Hampshire.
  • The Hub is a centralized repository of campaign and ongoing advocacy capacities used to achieve defined policy goals, including goals related to early childhood development.
  • The Early Childhood Policy Coordinator is part of the Hub staff team and is a full-time, exempt, salaried position based in Concord, NH.  

For information please click here to see a flyer about the position

Growing Places' in Durham, NH s seeking an Early Childhood Preschool Teacher.

Growing Places provides programming to children 6 weeks-12 years at our locations in Durham, Lee and Madbury NH. We are currently seeking a full time Early Childhood Preschool Teacher to join our supportive team environment at our Durham location.

Our mission is to foster the development of the whole child through low adult:child ratios and group sizes. 

18 ECE credits and teaching experience preferred (minimum of 9 credits required).

Our generous benefits package includes paid health and dental insurance, 10 vacation days the first year, as well as paid holidays; paid planning and lunch, a competitive starting salary and employee perks related to a shared service alliance membership. 

Please send cover letter and resume to Cellissa Hoyt at

The YMCA of Downtown Manchester is currently seeking an Associate Teacher and a Lead Float Teacher who will serve as a responsible individuals for programming aspects for the safety and care of participants within the designated classroom. Candidate will work in conjunction with the Lead Classroom Teacher for the enhancement of the YMCA Early Learning Center.


  • Must meet minimum licensing standards for Associate Teacher or Lead Teacher as defined by the State of NH Bureau of Child Care Licensing.
  • Must have knowledge of developmental needs and behavior management techniques effective with young children.
  • Experience with curriculum implementation.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills.
  • The ability to project a positive, energetic and professional image are necessary for this position.
  • Candidate must also have the ability to communicate effectively in both written and verbal form.
  • First Aid and CPR certification are preferred and must be obtained within 60 days of employment.
  • All staff must take Child Abuse Prevention Training within 90 days of employment.

These positions will mainly support our preschool programs and is Monday through Friday with various shifts. This is a full time position with a full range of benefits.

If interested please contact:  Beth Smarse, M.Ed., Early Learning Center Director
YMCA of Downtown Manchester at 603.232.8651 or email

Blocks to Books Children’s Center in Raymond is seeking qualified ECE staff to fill a lead teacher position.

Applicants must have a minimum of 12 ECE credits with 3 credits in Child and Growth Development. Please apply for full or part-time employment.

For more information click here for a flyer about the position.  

Apply by calling our Director, Katie Ingalls, at 603-895-5323 or by sending a resume by email to

Child Care Aware of New Hampshire 
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Thank you,
Child Care Aware of NH Team

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