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The following are announcements and links of interest from Spark NH.

Spark NH Mentioned in 2016 State of the State Address  

Click here to watch the full video. Governor Maggie Hassan discusses Spark NH's Framework for Action at the 27 minute mark.

Press Conference to Highlight Granite Staters who Have Taken the Pledge

To showcase the Pledge to NH's Children and those who have signed on, Spark NH held a press conference on Monday, December 14, 2015 at the Concord Family YMCA Childhood Education Program. We were joined by our Governor and our Congressional delegation. Both WMUR and NH1 provided press coverage of the event. Click on the following links to hear more about this monumental event! NH1 News     WMUR

DHHS Announces Public Hearings and Releases Draft of FFY 2016-2018 Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Federal Plan for Public Comment

Public Hearings on the FFY 2016-2018 Child Care and Development Fund Plan will be held on January 4, 2016 and January 5, 2016, with a snow date of January 6, 2016. Each Public Hearing will be preceded by a one hour informational session on the content of the Plan.

Notice of Public Hearings

January 4, 2016

11:00 AM (info session begins at 10:00 AM) 2nd Floor
2 Delta Dr
Concord, NH

Or via GoToWebinar:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/9070252219774028033

January 5, 2016

7:00 PM (info session begins at 6:00 PM) Department of Health and Human Services Brown Building Auditorium on Gov. Hugh Gallen State Office Park
129 Pleasant St.
Concord, NH
Directions to Brown Building: http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/directions/brown.htm

Or via GoToWebinar:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/930178412232116481

January 6, 2016 - Snow date if either the January 4th or 5th date is cancelled.
Same time and location as the January 5th date.

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Division for Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF), Child Development Bureau (CDB) is preparing to submit the required Federal Plan regarding the use of the Child Care and Development Funds (CCDF). These Federal funds support working families with low-income to access child care through the NH Child Care Scholarship, and to improve the quality of child care in NH. On November 19, 2014, these funds were reauthorized by Congress in the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG). This reauthorization made sweeping changes, including a paradigm shift from primarily a work-support program to a program that supports family self-sufficiency and child development by improving the safety and quality of child care, establishing policies that provide more stabilized funding to child care providers, and ensuring continuity of care for children in high quality programs.

A draft of DHHS’ response to the FFY 2016-2018 CCDF Federal Plan are underlined on the “Draft CCDF for Public Comment 9-14-15 Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Plan”, provided by the Office of Child Care and can be found at:: http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dcyf/cdb/publications.htm along with a PowerPoint highlighting portions of the Plan.

Comments regarding DHHS’s responses can be provided during either of the Public Hearings verbally, in writing or via the webinar. Comments can also be emailed to Kristin Booth, CCDF Administrator, at kristin.booth@dhhs.state.nh.us or faxed to (603) 271-8712 or left on a voice mail message at (603) 271-4242. Public comment period ends Friday, January 8, 2016 at midnight.

2015 Report to the Governor 

2014 Needs Assessment 

New Hampshire Comprehensive Strategic Plan for Early Childhood

On November 18, the New Hampshire Comprehensive Strategic Plan for Early Childhood was released. Click on the following documents below to read the full plan or the executive summary.

NH Comprehensive Strategic Plan for Early Childhood          Executive Summary

         

Quality of Early Childhood Programs and Services Committee Quality Cards 

Cover Letter for Quality Cards  

 
Quality Cards for Families 

 
Quality Cards for Providers


Click HERE to request copies of these cards.

 

Race to the Top- Early Learning Challenge Grant

On October 16, 2013 New Hampshire submitted its Race to the Top- Early Learning Challenge grant application. This is a four year (2014-2017) $37.5 million grant from the U.S. Departments of Education and Health & Human Services. Grant awards will be announced by the end of December 2013. 

Click on the following documents below to see the full packet that was submitted to the U.S. Department of Education. Click here to see a table of contents to help you navigate through the application. 

RTT-ELC Application          RTT-ELC Appendix          RTT-ELC Budget Spreadsheet       

To quickly view a summary of the application and appendix, click on the documents below.   

 Excerpt of Application          Appendix Table of Contents

 

The grant awards for the 2013 Race to the Top- Early Learning Challenge program were announced in mid-December and unfortunately, New Hampshire was not one of the six states selected. Although New Hampshire will not be receiving these funds, the application that was submitted, along with the New Hampshire Comprehensive Strategic Plan for Early Childhood, provides our state with a roadmap that will only further the progress in achieving our vision that all New Hampshire children and their families are healthy, learning and thriving now and in the future. Click here to view the highlights and a brief summary of the reviewer comments.