25 child-care agencies certified by state

Gov. John Lynch and the Executive Council have approved 25 child-care agencies for “License Plus” certification.

The Licensed Plus quality rating system recognizes and rewards those providers whose efforts to improve the quality of care they deliver goes beyond basic licensing requirements. The new program also helps parents identify programs that meet higher standards of quality, including credentialing of child-care workers; verification of continuing education of employees; and regular documented communication with families.

Licensed Plus, proposed by the state Department of Health and Human Services and approved by the Legislature as part of the last budget as an incentive program for child-care providers, was awarded $197,832 in funding to provide the agencies with an annual rate increase of 5 percent for children who receive child care subsidized by the state.

The following agencies have been certified Licensed Plus:

• Above and Beyond Child Care Inc., Hooksett
• Cinnamon Street Early Education and Childcare Center, Newport
• Community Child Care Center, Portsmouth
• Dover Day Care Learning Center, Dover
• Early Childhood Adventures Program, Lake Street, Nashua
• Early Childhood Adventures Program, Arlington Street, Nashua
• Easter Seals Child Development Center, Manchester
• Elliot Child Care Center, Manchester
• Great Bay Kids’ Company, Exeter
• Great Bay Kids’ Company, Newmarket
• Keene Day Care Center, Wood Street, Keene
• Keene Day Care Center, School Age Program, Washington Street, Keene
• Lakes Region Child Care Center, Gilford
• Lakes Region Child Care Center, Laconia
• Little Frogs and Polliwogs, Manchester
• Merrimack Valley Day Care Service, Fruit Street, Concord
• Merrimack Valley Day Care Service at Eagles Bluff, Concord
• Merrimack Valley Day Care Service, Jennings Drive, Concord
• Merrimack Valley Day Care Service at N.H. Hospital, Concord
• Merrimack Valley Day Care Service at the Merrimack County Nursing Home, Concord
• New Hampton Child Care Center, New Hampton
• Rochester Child Care Center, Rochester
• Somersworth Early Learning Center, Somersworth
• VNA Child Care and Family Resource Center, Manchester
• Wolfeboro Area Children’s Center, Wolfeboro — CINDY KIBBE

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