Welcome to NH’s Granite Steps for Quality 

The NH DHHS Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration is pleased to introduce you to our new Quality Recognition and Improvement System, Granite Steps for Quality (GSQ). This program supports NH’s early childhood and out of school time (OST) programs on their path to enhanced quality so that children thrive and succeed in school and beyond. The GSQ replaces the Licensed Plus Program and focuses on helping programs enhance their quality through self-study, professional development, coaching and other technical assistance.   

It is time to get recognized for all you do and become one of New Hampshire’s “recognized” quality programs as a Granite Steps for Quality awardee. To get started download and review the "Granite Steps for Quality Guide," and the GSQ application. Download the latest revised edition of  "Frequently Asked Questions" about GSQ. To learn more about using GSQ Incentive Funds, download the "Guide to Granite Steps for Quality Incentive Funds." If you have a different question, please email it to NHGSQ@dhhs.nh.gov.

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Helpful "How To" GSQ Videos:

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Upcoming "Introduction to ERS & SACERS" Trainings for OST Programs

Are you looking for the "Introduction and Overview of the Environment Rating Scales (ERS) and School Age Care Environmental Rating Scale (SACERS-U)" training? ACROSS NH provides this training for out of school time (OST) programs, or programs with an OST component.

Introduction and Overview of ERS and SACERS-U
Tuesday, November 22, 2022

12:00-1:30pm on Zoom

Register on Eventbrite by November 20th

Click here or on the flyer for details:

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ACROSS NH Series: Using the SACERS-U
Supporting OST Programs and Child Care Programs with an OST Component in Using the SACERS-U Tool

This virtual series of trainings is designed to support programs using the SACERS-U tool to implement program improvement. It is strongly suggested to complete the “ACROSS NH Introduction and Overview to ERS and SACERS-U” training before participating in the series. Register for one or all of the individual trainings. Those who participate in a training are also eligible for Technical Assistance. Technical Assistance is an enhanced form of professional development that will provide additional consultation on how to use the SACERS-U tool. Participants will receive professional development hours credit in their NHCIS account for each training that is completed. Click on a session title to register:

October 27: SACERS-U: Space and Furnishings Subscale #1
November 10: SACERS-U: Health and Safety Subscale #2
December 1: SACERS-U: Activities Subscale #3
December 15: SACERS-U: Interactions Subscale #4

January 12: SACERS-U: Program Structure & Staff Development & Supplementary Items Subscales #5, #6,# 7

Click here or on the flyer image for more details. Questions? Please email Cathy Hazelton at cathy@seresc.net or call (603) 206-6848.

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