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NH Early Childhood and Afterschool Professional Development System

In 1999, House Bill 726, Credentialing of Personnel in Early Care and Education Programs, was passed and signed by the Governor. This bill enables DHHS to issue a voluntary credential to those in child care professions who meet or exceed the criteria set in the child care licensing regulations.

NH Early Childhood Professional Development System

The NH Early Childhood Professional Development System was revised in 2015. Criteria for this system include Core Knowledge Areas, Education and Specialized Coursework, Work Experience, On-going Training, and a Professional Development Plan based on the self-assessment of NH Early Childhood Workforce Specialized Competencies. The guidebook below identifies the requirements needed to obtain and Early Childhood Credential.

NH Afterschool Professional Development System

In 2018, a Credential Revision Task Force revised the NH Afterschool Professional Development System. Criteria for this system are based upon the NAA (National Afterschool Association) Competencies and include Work Experience, Education, Ongoing Professional Development and Professional Activities. The guidebook below details the Credential Lattices and the requirements for applying.

The guidebook contains fillable forms for your use.

Individuals may apply for more than one Credential through the Early Childhood and/or Afterschool Professional Development Systems as long as they meet the requirements for each credential.

NH Early Childhood Workforce Specialized Competencies

Since 2016, individuals applying for one or more credentials in the New Hampshire Early Childhood Professional Development System are required to submit a professional development plan based on self-assessment using any of the competency self-assessment tools included at the end of each competency document.

If you have any questions about the NH Early Childhood or Afterschool Professional Development Systems, or about applying for a credential, please contact the Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration’s Credentialing Specialist at 603-271-4684.

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