New Hampshire is committed to using data and research to inform our work. Here, we share some of the challenges NH families face, and what our partners are doing to help. Check back quarterly to read more stories.
In its first response to COVID-19, NH set up emergency child care programs, distributed funds to support early childhood, out-of-school, and summer programs, and implemented emergency policies to support families, providers, and children.
In June to December 2020, $25 million of NH’s CARES Act funds were awarded in Child Care Recovery & Stabilization funding. Funds were awarded for decreasing revenues & rising costs related to COVID, and to help programs adapt to the changing needs of families & communities.
Long-term stabilization, sustainability & capacity building: As parents return to work & children return to school, NH aims to reimagine child care by planning for and fostering a stronger, sustainable industry that responds to changing needs of families & businesses.
Students enrolled in Kindergarten in NH public school districts
Third grade students proficient in math
Homeless children and youth in NH
Children in families that receive public assistance
Children living in food insecure households
Third grade students proficient in reading
Dollars invested in child care to date relative to COVID-19
Child care programs currently licensed or registered in NH
Licensed or allowable child care slots currently offered
Play-based learning develops crucial skills for the 21st century and increases intrinsic curiosity & motivation to learn. In 2020, University of New Hampshire play-based learning coaches worked with preschool teachers in 10 early childhood centers & kindergarten teachers in 18 districts to teach play-based learning strategies.
The Choose Love curriculum helps turn classrooms into cultures where students feel safe, nurtured, connected & empowered. Choose Love has been accessed by 547 New Hampshire schools, and in 2020 was implemented in infant/toddler programs, homes, and community organizations.
Deputy Commissioner of Education New Hampshire Department of Education
Almost half of NH residents use private wells for their drinking water, but an estimated 25% of these wells have naturally occurring arsenic levels above the State’s regulatory standard.
For babies and pregnant women, even low-level arsenic exposure has been linked to immediate negative health outcomes, including low birth-weight, gestational diabetes, and an increase in infections requiring medical care.
State and private organizations worked together to create a program where WIC families can learn about water testing and health risks of arsenic, have their well-water tested, and get a filter pitcher & replacement filters if the arsenic is higher than the State standards.
The Preschool Development Grant B-5 project is broader than preschool. To best support young children and families, the PDG B-5 will support early care and education, health, and family support initiatives broadly. The grant seeks to support New Hampshire's vision that all families are afforded comprehensive and responsive supports, so they are healthy, learning, and thriving, now and in the future. The three-year (2020-2022), $26.8 million grant, will help New Hampshire build an effective, inclusive, responsive, efficient, and evidence-informed early childhood system.