2023-2024 Credential Challenge

Child Care Aware of NH (CCAoNH), a program of Southern New Hampshire Services and the Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration (BCDHSC) are teaming up to present the Credential Challenge. It’s that time of year where Early Child Care Professionals are recognized for their accomplishments in education, skills, and longevity in our field by becoming credentialed under the NH Early Childhood Professional Development System!This year’s challenge is scheduled from December 1, 2023, to February 29, 2024 and we recommend submitting your application as early as possible.We culminate this challenge with our wonderful Celebration of Early Childhood Professionals. More information to follow on this!View the Credential Challenge Flyer

To join the credentialing challenge simply complete the form below. Participants can commit as a team or as individuals.Team Credential Commitment FormIndividual Credential Commitment FormPhoto Release FormPlease keep a copy of this release form for your records and mail a copy to:

Child Care Aware of New Hampshire,
Attn: Credential Challenge,
88 Temple Street,
Nashua, NH 03060

Or email [email protected].
Please use subject line “Credential Challenge”.

Child Care Aware of NH will provide Technical Assistance for the credential applications. Contact our Training & Technical Assistance team about how you can access credentialing support by calling the TTAS Line at (603) 578-1386, ext. 2526 and 2532.Credential Challenge Professional Development & Support Flyer

General Credentialing Information

The NH Early Childhood Professional Development System is a way to recognize individuals for their professional development while providing a process for attaining a professional Credential.
Please see this important announcement regarding Credentials Fees from the Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration. Click HERE to read the notice.

The following documents can help support you in obtaining a professional Credential:

Requesting Transcripts for Closed High Schools, Colleges and Universities:
*For closed schools only, credential applicants are able to provide an unofficial copy of their transcript.
To view the NH Specialized Competencies books click on the link below:

NH Specialized Competencies

Please contact the Credentialing Specialist of the Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration, Alexandra Amaral, with any questions at: [email protected].

Child Care Aware of NH can also offer Technical Assistance in obtaining a Credential. For assistance, contact us by using the Contact tab at the top of this page. 

“Credentialing Matters!” was offered on February 8, 2023. In this training, we delved into why credentialing matters. We explored each component of the credentialing system and the significance that each part brings. We then examined the multiple benefits of getting a credential and learned how a NH Early Childhood Professional Credential can bring value to you and quality to the profession. 

At this time, Child Care Aware of New Hampshire is suggesting that individuals submit their Credential Application along with supporting documents via US Mail, rather than submitting through NHCIS. 

Applications may be mailed to:
DHHS/DCYF/Child Development Bureau
ATTN: Credentialing Specialist
129 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301

Electronic Transcripts may be sent to:
[email protected]

Any student that attended a college within the NH Community College System after 1991 must order their transcript through the National Student Clearinghouse at this link: