Trainings and Recorded Webinars

Child Care Aware® of New Hampshire provides various professional development training opportunities throughout the school year

Training and Webinars

Professional Development Requirements

Child Care Licensing requires that all individuals working in a licensed program complete a minimum of 18 hours of training per year.

Child Care Aware® of New Hampshire provides various professional development (PD) training opportunities throughout the school year. These opportunities consist of:

Professional development training is provided at little to no cost to early childhood providers and is accessible through the NHCIS Training Tile and on our Eventbrite page.

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, how we tied this Guide to the NH Connections’ website 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.

As you read through the Guide, be intentional about your professional development choices. 

Granite Steps for Quality (GSQ) Introduction and Overview Webinar

Date: Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Time: 12:30 – 1:30 PM

Trainers: Andrea Foster, Professional Development Specialist; Emma Salerni, QRIS Support Coordinator; and Denise Martin, Operational Quality Specialist

Please join us for a webinar overview of the new Quality Recognition and Improvement System – Granite Steps for Quality (GSQ). This important webinar will give you an overview of the system and introduce you to the application, award and incentive processes. This presentation will include a Q & A option in the chat and be the basis for the development of the GSQ FAQs.

DHHS State of NH Child Care Series Webinars

Session One: Workforce and Market Rates

Date: Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Time: 5:30-7:00 PM

This session featured guest speaker and researcher Michael Kalinowski, will focus on reviewing the latest Market Rate Survey that served as a foundation for establishing the newly adopted NH Child Care Scholarship rates. In addition, we will be exploring the child care workforce shortage through numerous data points including the recent Early Childhood Workforce Study, CRRSA, ARPA and the NH Connections Information System.

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Session Two – Part One: The Quality of Child Care 

Date: Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Time: 5:30-7:00 PM

This session looks at the importance of investing in quality child care across the State. Discussions covered both early childhood (birth to through preschool) and school-age (K through grade 5) programs.

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Session Two – Part Two: The Quality of Child Care 

Date: Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Time: 5:30-7:00 PM

This session will continue to look at the importance of investing in quality child care across the State. The newly envisioned Quality Recognition and Improvement System, known as “Granite Steps for Quality”, will be explored and its potential impact on children and families. Discussions will cover both early childhood (birth to through preschool) and school-age (K through grade 5) programs.

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Session Three: The Business of Child Care 

Date: Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Time: 5:30-7:00 PM

This session will focus on the operational side of child care along with the key role that families and businesses play in equitable, affordable and sustainable child care across the State. Guest speakers will include employers in partnership with child care programs, as well as child care business operations and small business advisor with key areas that providers need to consider in their daily operations.

Health & Safety Requirements

To work in a license exempt or licensed child care program, all staff must complete training specific to health and safety according to current licensing and license exempt rules. The Health and Safety trainings are required of existing staff and of any new staff hired. New staff must complete the training requirements or show documentation of taking these trainings within 90 days of employment. Additionally, staff working in licensed programs must complete 6 hours of training annually on any of these health and safety topic areas.

The Child Care Licensing Unit (CCLU) will accept previously taken and documented training by staff.

All staff will be required to have training on the below:

  • Appropriate Precautions in Transporting Children (Required of all staff working in a program that transports children or accompanies the children in vehicles provided by companies contracted by the program to provide transportation)
  • Building and Physical Premise Safety
  • Child Abuse & Neglect
  • Emergency Preparedness and Response Planning for Emergencies
  • First Aid and CPR
  • Food and Allergic Reactions
  • Handling and Storage of Hazardous Materials and Disposal of Bio Contaminants
  • Medication Administration
  • Prevention and Immunization
  • Prevention of SIDS and use of Safe Sleep Practices (Required, if staff are working in a program licensed to care for children younger than 18 months of age)
  • Prevention of Shaken Baby Syndrome and Abusive Head Trauma (Required, if staff are working in a program licensed to care for children younger than 18 months of age)
  • Child Growth and Development
  • Water Safety (Not required, unless program is participating in water activities)

New Training Collections

CCAoNH is excited to present four ProSolutions training collections.
NH Business Management and Director Training Collection, NH Cares Training Collection, NH Coaching 101 Training Collection and NH Family Child Care Training Collection. 

  • All trainings are free and online.
  • Each training within a collections may be taken individually.
  • Participants will be awarded 1 hour of professional development for completing each training.
  • Credit for completing each training can be accessed through your NHCIS Professional Registry account in your Training Tile.
  • Trainings may be accessed through your ProSolutions training account or by creating an account with this link: https://www.prosolutionstraining.com/login/.

NH Pyramid Model

Free Online Training Packages:
Through a joint collaboration, the NH Department of Education and the NH Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Economic and Housing Stability, Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration are bringing you three (3) online Pyramid Model packages through ProSolutions. Each Pyramid Model package is comprised of three (3), six (6) hour courses for a total of up to 18 hours of professional development. These packages are free to NH teachers and early childhood providers. The Online Pyramid Model Training Packages will be available beginning September 2020.

You can access the Online Pyramid Model Training Packages at https://www.prosolutionstraining.com/nh/.

Infant Toddler Package

Earn up to 18 hours of professional development for completing the entire package. Each individual course offers up to six (6) hours of professional development.

  • Course 1: Social Emotional Development within the Context of Relationships
  • Course 2: Responsive Routines, Environments, and Targeted Strategies
  • Course 3: Individualized Intervention: Determining the Meaning of Behavior and Developing Appropriate Responses

Preschool Package

Earn up to 18 hours of professional development for completing the entire package. Each individual course offers up to six (6) hours of professional development.

  • Course 1: Building Relationships and Creating Supportive Environments
  • Course 2: Social Emotional Teaching Strategies
  • Course 3: Individualized Intervention; Determining the Meaning of Behavior and Developing Appropriate Responses

Birth-5 Package

Earn up to 18 hours of professional development for completing the entire package. Each individual course offers up to six (6) hours of professional development.

  • Course 1: Building Relationships and Creating Supportive Environments
  • Course 2: Social Emotional Teaching Strategies
  • Course 3: Individualized Intervention; Determining the Meaning of Behavior and Developing Appropriate Responses

Strengthening Families

The Strengthening Families™ online training draws upon the 5 Protective Factors and addresses strategies practitioners, direct service providers, and parents can use to focus on individual strengths and areas of improvement within a positive and uplifting framework in order to improve the well-being of parents and children.

This curriculum consists of seven courses, each approximately two hours in length:

  • Introduction
  • Concrete Support in Times of Need
  • Parental Resilience
  • Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development
  • Social and Emotional Competence
  • Social Connections
  • Knowledge to Action
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Eco-Healthy Child Care® - Protecting Children's Environmental Health

This course provided by Choose Safe Places is fun, educational and captivating. Learn why children are uniquely vulnerable to common environmental health hazards found in the early learning environment (e.g., lead, pesticides, household chemicals, unsafe plastics), and receive practical and no-to-low cost strategies for preventing children’s exposures to toxins.

Objectives for this course are divided into three sections:

  1. Improving Indoor Air and Selecting Art Materials
  2. Protecting Children’s Health By Choosing Safer Furniture, Playground Equipment, Toys, and Pest Control Products
  3. Reducing Exposures to Household Chemicals and Unsafe Plastics
Use Code NHECO at checkout to sign up for this ProSolutions Course for FREE.

Water Safety Trainings

Are you looking to take a water safety training this summer? Check out some of the options below:

Please contact the Child Care Licensing Unit for questions about the licensing requirements specific to water safety: