October 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.
Quick Links to Important News
News from CCAoNH
2022 Keys to Quality E-Conference Giveaway
There's something for everyone at this year's Keys to Quality E-Conference, with topics ranging from Yogarate to nature-based education, and even making storytime more engaging. There's something for everyone, so come spend a day opening up possibilities!
Child Care Aware of NH is pleased to be offering the 2022 Keys to Quality (K2Q) E-Conference on Saturday, October 29th. We want child care professionals to have access to a day of learning, engaging, and connecting, therefore we are giving away FREE tickets to the 2022 K2Q E-Conference!

How do you get those free tickets? Attend any one of CCAoNH's Early Childhood Collaboratives and for every 10 people that attend, 1 ticket will be given away at each collaborative.

If you have already registered and paid for a ticket, you are still welcome to attend a collaborative and enter a drawing! You will be refunded the cost if you win.
2022 Keys to Quality E-Conference
Any way you feel is okay.

For some that can be hard to accept because maybe they were taught that some feelings weren't okay or that maybe emotions were things to be avoided. Take a look at this clip from Ron Shuali, our keynote speaker at the K2Q Conference, on why it's okay to experience emotions and how you can create win-win situations.
Still need convincing to join us Saturday, October 29th? Would some friendly crocodiles, groovy cats, and runaway bunnies persuade you? Join Kerry Belknap-Morris for an exploration of quality board and picture books suitable for infants and toddlers.

Are you looking for something different? Don't worry, there's more! How about nature-based education in the preschool classroom? Or maybe you're looking to support parents of infants who are going through the period of PURPLE crying.

There's plenty to help you grow as a professional and support the families you work with at this year's K2Q E-Conference. Click the button below to learn more about what is being offered!
New Hampshire Child Care Job Board
There are multiple opportunities throughout the state to work in Child Care, Early Childhood, Head Start and Out-of-School Time programs (before and after school as well as during summers or vacations).

These opportunities are in a variety of programs including private and non-profit based centers, school or home-based programs. They may provide care and education to children from six weeks through elementary school. Whether you are looking for an entry-level position, career change, advancement opportunity, or post-retirement gig, you may find it here! Part-time, full-time, regular and non-traditional hours may be available.

To find an open position, click the gold button above, or the blue button below. If you are interested in posting a vacant position, click the blue Job Board Manager button below.
News From The Bureau of Child Development
and Head Start Collaboration
Important Update Regarding Recent Funding Opportunities
Recently the Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration made some announcements regarding recent funding opportunities: CRRSA, ARPA/CCASP, NHEYP, as well as the CCDF Quality Incentive Funds.

The documents contain information about allowable uses, as well as reporting dates. To learn more, please visit the Financial Resources Page, under COVID-19 on NH Connections.
Child Care, Head Start and other Early Childhood and Out-of -School Time Programs: What can I do with all that grant and incentive money we got from NH DHHS?

Did you receive CRRSA, ARPA Stabilization or Quality dollars and are now a bit confused about your allowable uses, set asides, and reporting? You are not alone! Join the Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration for a one-hour webinar on what to do with the funds and how to be accountable. Register now and have an opportunity to send in questions in advance. You are also eligible for an hour of professional development credit when you attend.

Monday, October 24th: 12:30 to 1:30 PM
Tuesday, October 25th: 6:30 to 7:30 PM
Registration Required

*please keep an eye on the COVID-19: Financial Resources Page, as well as our Facebook Page, for the link to register
Child Care, Head Start and other Early Childhood and Out-of-School Time Programs: What can I do with all that grant and incentive money we got from NH DHHS?
Virtual Office Hours

Pop on any time during the half hour sessions to ask questions, listen to colleagues or just catch up. Come by phone or on the computer for this Zoom call.

Tuesday, October 25: 12:30 to 1:00
Wednesday, October 26: 12:30 to 1:00
Thursday October 27: 12:30 to 1:00.
Thursday Evening Session Added: 6:30 to 7:30 PM
No Registration Necessary  
Updated Granite Steps for Quality Guide
The Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration recently put out a revised Granite Steps for Quality Guide, as well as updated FAQ's. Some notable changes include:
  • Three (3) rubrics instead of six (6)
  • Endorsement pages consolidated to one (1) page
  • The removal of the term “bonus” when referring to incentive funds
  • Specific training titles and links where appropriate
  • Explanation of pathway timelines
  • Inclusion of the revised 2022 Credential titles

For more information about the changes made, please see the buttons below. To learn more about NH's new Quality Recognition and Improvement System, Granite Steps for Quality, visit NH Connections.
Looking for a Reason to Join Granite Steps for Quality?
What are the incentives to join the Granite Steps for Quality system? There are so many reasons to join New Hampshire’s revised Quality Recognition and Improvement System! 

Here are just a few:

  • Professional Development Opportunities: All modules and workshops required to enter the system are available to providers free of charge! You can “double-dip” as these trainings are counted toward individual PD hours requirements, toward credential requirements, AND toward GSQ eligibility! Work smarter, not harder.
  • Professional Materials: Environment Rating Scale tools, NH Early Learning Standards, and Pyramid Model materials are all available at no cost to providers.
  • Practice-Based Coaching: The opportunity for a Pyramid Model Master Cadre or UNH Early Learning Coach to work with a teacher in your program on improving their daily practices with young children
  • Assessments: FREE classroom or teaching practice assessments provided by reliable assessors or coaches (depending on pathway chosen)
  • Recognition: Providers entering the system will receive a certificate of recognition to display in their program and have their Step visible on your NHCIS Program Profile and NH Child Care Search portal. This will provide an opportunity to explain to current and potential families and employees how your program goes above and beyond the requirements to be licensed!
  • Financial Incentives: Programs awarded a Step 1 or 2 in GSQ are eligible to invoice for 5% of their Child Care Scholarship billing. Programs awarded a 3 or 4 can increase that invoiced amount to 10%! In addition, all GSQ programs are eligible to receive a Quarterly Quality Incentive – more money for your program 4 times a year! This money is for spending on quality improvements – that could mean consumable materials, classroom or playground equipment, bonuses for your staff, sending your staff to conferences and retreats – the list of possibilities is long! There is also a one-time Early Adopter Incentive for all programs who are awarded by the end of 2022!
  • Quality Materials: Kits of high-quality children’s toys have been purchased as an additional bonus for the first programs who enter the system. (while supplies last)
  • Program Quality: The opportunity for the continuous improvement of overall program quality!

To learn more about Granite Steps for Quality, visit the Granite Steps for Quality page on NH Connections.
Changes to the Early Childhood Credential Training Session
Do you have questions about the Revised Credentialing System? Join Annmarie Censullo, Credentialing Specialist, BCDHSC, to learn more about new changes and updates. Participants will also have the opportunity to ask questions. To learn more, click on the flyer to the left or the button below.
Training Information
Core Knowledge Areas: Developing as a Professional and Observing, Documenting & Assessing
Trainers: Annmarie Censullo, Credentialing Specialist, BCDHSC
Training is online and pre-registration is required.
October/November Sessions
Keys to Quality Conference
Date: Saturday, October 29, 2022
Time: 10:15-11:45 AM
*registration for the Keys to Quality Conference is through Eventbrite, NOT NHCIS
Early Childhood Collaborative: Business Management Practices
Date: Tuesday, November 1, 2022
Time: 1:00-2:30 PM
Register through the NHCIS Training Tile.

Background Record Check and Transfer Processes
The Child Care Licensing Unit recently put out updated documents for Background Record Check (BRC) and Eligibility Transfer processes in NHCIS. The Self-Registration and BRC Process can be found here, while the Transfer Request Process can be found here. You can also click on the buttons below.

If these instructions are not clear or if you have questions regarding the instructions, please email licensing at cclunit@dhhs.nh.gov.
News That Keeps You Healthy and Safe
SIDS Awareness Month
In October and beyond, infant caregivers can join Safe to Sleep® and its partners to encourage safe infant sleep and help raise awareness about ways to reduce the risk of SIDS.

Despite decreases in rates of SIDS and other sleep-related infant deaths, more than one-third of sudden unexpected infant deaths that occur in the United States each year are from SIDS. Research also shows that unsafe sleep areas, such as those that include non-fitted sheets, blankets, or stuffed toys, remain a leading cause of infant death.

To learn more about the Safe to Sleep® campaign or find resources to share with expectant families with infants, visit the Safe to Sleep® website.
Additional Resources
Waterford Upstart
Upstart is a supplementary program or a great resource for families without access to pre-k services. Waterford.org received a grant from the New Hampshire Department of Education to provide their award-winning software FREE to children entering kindergarten in 2023! This program will provide families with a Dell laptop and internet, (if needed), adaptive, interactive learning software, a supportive family coach, and other fun family activities. Children will work on reading, math, and science throughout the school year.

To learn more, click on the flyer to the left.
Early Childhood Tuition Assistance Grant
Apply to receive tuition assistance! Funded by the NH Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration, the Early Childhood Tuition Assistance (ECTA) Grant at Granite State College is applicable to one course per term.

This grant is available to teachers working a minimum of 20 hours per week in a NH licensed center, and directors working a minimum of 30 hours per week in a NH
licensed center.

Winter applications open on October 25th. Applications will be reviewed as received; they fill fast so apply early.

To learn more, click on the image of the flyer to the right or click the button below.
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.