Earn your Child Development Associate (CDA)! 

This program is a steppingstone for early childcare professionals working toward becoming qualified teachers in the field, perfect for those that have no to minimal education in ECE.

This “work at your own pace” online program is perfect for busy caregivers balancing home and work life. 

The Child Development Associate credential became available to professionals working in licensed centers in the Upper Valley in the Summer of 2020, due to a generous grant from the Couch Foundation and Mascoma Bank.  

This process is FREE!  It includes the fees for the CDA Credential as well as a coach from start to finish.    If you are a provider and are looking to strengthen your teaching staff or a teacher wanting to better your knowledge this is the program for you.  

 Currently 35 Childcare Professionals are working toward acquiring their CDA, and new providers are being added to the waitlist every day.    You too can become apart of this program, start the Pro-Solutions classes and join the waitlist for coaching!

Please contact Katie Jenks –  for more information. 

Financial Consulting Project- 

 In March of 2020, the ECEA launched a project to support licensed centers in navigating the financial impacts of the pandemic.  We have worked to support 18 centers with individualized support in various capacities helping them to understand the financial impacts of funding streams and assistance in financial planning.  If your Upper Valley center is looking for financial consulting support, please contact Amy at for more information.

ECEA CPR/First Aid Project- 

The ECEA has identified that the timely delivery of the required pediatric CPR/FIRST AID/AED training, in addition to financial barriers, has created a hardship for some providers.  The ECEA recently received a grant from the HOPE Foundation (Hypertherm) to train instructors and purchase necessary training equipment that can be used EXCLUSIVELY to deliver cost effective and timely training to ALL licensed providers in the Upper Valley region. We have officially launched this program. Please contact Katie Jenks –  for more information. 

NH Preschool Development Grant-

In July of 2020 the ECEA, as lead organization, was awarded funding to pilot the study of utilizing licensed Family Child Care in the Upper Valley of NH, to deliver high-quality infant and toddler care.  This study, including collecting data about the true cost of delivering quality infant/toddler care, will be used to inform State partners in understanding the funding gap for providing quality care of children under 3 and the need for additional funding to support children and families.  The ECEA is excited to be engaging licensed/regulated Family Child Care and working to understand how the ECEA can support our Family partners in the field.

Be Resilient Upper Valley (BRUV)

Good Beginnings and the Couch Family Foundation have partnered in offering a high-level training that goes beyond trauma 101. 

This 12-hour training pilot was delivered in a 4-part (3 hours each) to eleven experienced early childhood program staff. This intensive training on neuro development, trauma and resilience gave staff high-impact, simple tools to use immediately with children experiencing challenging behaviors in relation to trauma.

The training gave participants a clear understanding of how the brain functions when processing under stress. Training support on the topics of parental mood disorders as well as post-partum depression has also been provided in partnership with DHMC.

As feedback from the pilot continues to be evaluated, stay-tuned for the next phase of Be Resilient Upper Valley.

Be Resilient Upper Valley (BRUV)-Phase 2 Update

Good Beginnings,  and the Couch Family Foundation have partnered with the Early Care and Education Association (ECEA) to design a fifth module to the BRUV project. This module is a Train-the-Trainer program which will allow those who have completed the BRUV training a formal resource in training their own staff. This will help maintain the fidelity to this high-quality training.

In March of 2020, Good Beginnings was awarded a BRUV Phase 2 grant from the Couch Family Foundation to continue building this program in partnership with the ECEA. We will have more on this as BRUV- Phase 2 is implemented.

The ECEA is currently working to bring a Second Cohort of this BRUV model training to the area. Watch for updates in the Spring of 2020. For more information see below, or contact Amy Brooks at if you are interested in being part of our next training cohort.

Recruitment and Retainment

More info coming soon.