Credentialing Applications can now be submitted online!


Log into your Professional Registry and click on the Credential Tile to renew or apply for your New Hampshire Early Childhood or Afterschool Credential.

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. 

Credential applications are recommended to be submitted on NHCIS through your Professional Registry.  Credential Application are still being accepted via US Mail.
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:

NH Early Childhood Professional Development System Guidebook

NH Afterschool Professional Development System Guidebook