September 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
The 2022-2023 Professional Development Connections Guide is Here!
We are excited to present you with the “2022-2023 Child Care Aware of New Hampshire’s Professional Development (PD) Connections Guide” which consists of our training, coaching and technical assistance services. 

The PD Connections Guide is your one-stop resource for finding all of Child Care Aware of New Hampshire's, a program of Southern New Hampshire Services, PD opportunities. You will also find information about our services and ways to connect with other collaborative partners. This Guide will support you as an early childhood educator and/or your program, as you expand your knowledge and hone your skills within the field of early care and education.

You will notice that Child Care Aware of NH has gone quarterly this year. We will be releasing our professional development opportunities every quarter, rather than releasing the full calendar at once. As such, the Professional Development Connections Guide will be updated throughout the 2022-2023 Training Calendar Year. Make sure you're subscribed to our E-Newsletters, check the NH Connections website, and follow us on Facebook to stay up to date on the latest training opportunities.
2022 Fall Leadership Summit:
"Be a Goldfish! Ideas for Staying Afloat"
Have you registered for the 2022 Fall Leadership Summit yet? We hope that you can join Child Care Aware of NH, a program of Southern NH Services, for this engaging and thought-provoking day exploring some of the lessons goldfish can teach us on staying afloat.
Interested in hearing more? Take a listen to what Luis Hernandez, our presenter for the day, has to say about this session.
To register for this event or access the flyer, click the buttons below.
Revive & Thrive is Back!
Are you feeling a little stressed? Maybe feeling burnt out? Or even just feeling kind of, "blah"?

Take a little time for yourself and join Child Care Aware of NH, a program of Southern NH Services, for "Revive & Thrive Wednesdays"! Explore what makes you feel happy and what brings you joy. You will leave this session feeling revived and thriving.

Registration is through NHCIS. You can access the link through the flyer or by clicking the button below.
News From The Bureau of Child Development
and Head Start Collaboration
The Revised NH Early Childhood Professional Development Guidebook is Here!
The Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration previously announced that the Early Childhood Professional Development System Credentials were being revised. That revision is now complete. Please see the attached New Hampshire Early Childhood Professional Development System Guidebook and the accompanying FAQ document.

Trainings will be offered by the Credentialing Specialist along with the staff from Child Care Aware of NH so you can learn about the changes to the system and apply for your credential. Individuals holding a current credential will see in the FAQ document when they should consider applying in the revised system. Contact information is contained in the FAQ document if you have any questions.
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.
October Session
Early Childhood Collaborative: Infant & Toddler Programming and Curriculum
Date: Tuesday, October 4, 2022
Time: 6:00-7:30 PM
Training Information
Core Knowledge Areas: Developing as a Professional and Observing, Documenting & Assessing
Trainers: Annmarie Censullo, Credentialing Specialist, BCDHSC
Register through the NHCIS Training Tile. Training is online and pre-registration is required.
Absent Due to COVID Has Been Extended
Absent Due to COVID was extended through December 2022. To find important policy changes and Invoicing Spreadsheets, visit the Financial Resources page on NH Connections. You can find these documents under Latest Updates or by clicking on, Absent Due to COVID on the left side of the page.
News That Keeps You Healthy and Safe
Stress Management
Stress is a natural and inevitable part of life, even for young children. Some stress is beneficial: it can help boost the immune system, improve brain function, and build resilience. But not all stress is good, and especially in young children, it can have some negative consequences. Stress can manifest in different ways for different children, but what are some of the signs to be on the lookout for?

  • Being moody or irritable
  • Withdrawing from activities they once enjoyed
  • Crying excessively
  • Becoming overly clingy
  • A change in sleep or eating patterns
If you notice a child experiencing any of the above signs or any changes in their typical behavior, it could be a sign that they are experiencing increased stress. Better Kid Care has some stress-busting activities that can help children manage stress. Don't forget to check out some of the other resources on stress management for parents and providers.
Additional Resources
Choose Safe Places Private Well Water Testing Toolkit
Choose Safe Places for Early Care and Education (CSP) is a grant-funded program focused on promoting practices and policies to protect children from harmful chemicals in early childhood settings. As a part of our work, 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. The testing will include a set of standard contaminants plus radon, PFAS, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

For more information, click on the flyer or click the button below.
Childhood Lead Poisoning in NH: How to Keep Children Lead-Safe
“Childhood Lead Poisoning in NH: How to Keep Children Lead-Safe” is now ‘live’ on the NH ProSolutions platform, available at no cost to NH’s early care and education workforce and all interested others! The 1-hour course includes two video clips and all slides are narrated. Upon completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • understand how lead harms a child's body
  • explore common ways children come in contact with lead
  • review the importance of lead testing at age 1 and age 2
  • identify resources available to educate families about childhood lead poisoning
  • know simple steps to avoid lead poisoning
  • recognize resources available for those caring for and teaching young children who have been exposed to lead
To access this course, log into your ProSolutions account.
Play Based Learning for All
The Children's Museum of New Hampshire (CMNH) is excited to be collaborating with child care providers to support them in implementing enriching, engaging, and developmentally appropriate play-based learning activities for children from birth to age 5.

Interested participants can apply to be a project partner and receive a FREE play-based learning activity kit, access to educator workshops, and access to open houses showcasing resources.

To learn more and apply for a FREE kit, click on the flyer to the left or click the button below. Applications are due by October 3rd, 2022.
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.