The Parent Information Center (PIC) presents Around the NH Special Education World in 1 Day, a workshop for parents, educators.

Saturday, August 10, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
54 Old Suncook Rd, Concord, NH 03301

The special education process works best when parents and educators are well-informed and able together to meet the needs of children with disabilities. This 1-day seminar will proved participants with tools they need to be better informed and more effective members of a child's Individual Education Program (IEP) Team. This session will provide people who have already been to a Parent Information Center workshop with a nice review and update of the laws and process. Each participant will receive a comprehensive packet of materials and a staff development certificate.

While the focus of this session will be on the NH special education law and process, tools and materials, including effective communication strategies that participants can use to prepare and participate more effectively in IEP Team meetings will also be provided.

Pre-registration is required for this free workshop to ensure that we have sufficient materials for all participants. To pre-register or for more information, please contact the Parent Information Center on Special Education at: 1-800-947-7005 or (603)-224-7005, or e-mail us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We will provide directions to the workshop site when you pre-register. If you require accommodations please specify when registering.

June 28, 2019: Gov. Chris Sununu has vetoed the two-year revised state budget crafted by the Committee of Conference and passed by both the Senate and House on June 27. He says saying the plan threatens New Hampshire's economic growth. As a result the default budget -- the budget for this past fiscal year -- has now come into play as a working budget until things get resolved.

June 15, 2019: The three "budgets", (or three "versions" of the budget) -- the one originally from Governor Sununu, the House Budget and the Senate budget -- have been combined into HB1 and HB2, with amendments and revisions both by the House and Senate Finance Committees.

Now the budget rests in a Committee of Conference, where it will be hammered out by Senate and House members of the committee. They must give a final budget to Governor Sununu by June 27. This is called a reconciliation.

HB1 - Re: making appropriations for the expenses of certain departments of the state for fiscal years ending 6/30/20 and 6/30/2021. The HB1 Committee of Conference members are:
Senate: Lou D'Allesandro, Dan Feltes, Cindy Rosenwald, John Reagan; (ALT) Donna Soucy, (ALT) Jay Kahn
House: Mary Jane Wallner (Chair), Douglas Ley, Patricia Lovejoy, Susan Ford, David Huot; (ALT) William Hatch, (ALT) Susan Almy, (ALT)Sharon Nordgren

HB2 - Re: state fees, funds, revenues and expenditures. The HB2 Committee of Conference members are:
Senate: Lou D'Allesandro, Dan Feltes, Cindy Rosenwald, John Reagan; (ALT) Donna Soucy, (ALT) Jay Kahn
House: Mary Jane Wallner, Douglas Ley, Patricia Lovejoy, Sharon Nordgren, Susan Ford; (ALT) David Juneau, (ALT) Joelle Martin, (ALT) Richard Ames

HB692 - Re: dental benefits for adults on Medicaid. This is at risk because the Senate dropped this bill from its revised version of the House budget.

SB308 - Re: appropriation for the health care workforce. Now is a good time to call or e-mail the Committee of Conference members (see contact info below) to urge them to appropriate funds to keep the highest possible rate for Medicaid Reimbursement. There is some disagreement about how much and when to increase the rate, but there is no doubt that the increase must happen. Governor Sununu included a 2.5% increase in his original budget. The Senate increased the rate to 12% over 2 years. Now it is set at 6% and will be discussed at the Committee of Conference, along with the entire budget.

For latest information on where bills stand, click links below:
    Concord Monitor article
    NH Business Review article
    NH General Court schedule of Committees of Conference

Contacts for the Committee of Conference members (HB1 & HB2)
Senate:
Lou D'Allesandro: 603-271-2600; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Dan Feltes: 603-271-3042; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Cindy Rosenwald: 603-271-4980; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
John Reagan: 603-271-4063;
House:
Mary Jane Wallner: 603-224-1632; no email
Douglas Ley: 603-899-4027; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Patricia Lovejoy: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Sharon Nordgren: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Susan Ford: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The more calls made and emails sent, the more likely the Senate and House will push for more money for education, mental health and the Medicaid rate increase.

We hope you will make your voice heard. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you need more information.

Marylouise Alther
Legislative Liaison
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
603-313-8693

The NH Department of Education and the Institute on Disability are conducting a survey to better understand NH’s early childhood system and where improvements can be made.

In December 2018, the University of New Hampshire, in collaboration with the State of New Hampshire Departments of Health and Human Services and Education, was awarded a federal grant Preschool Development Grant (PDG) from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The grant provides an opportunity for New Hampshire to better understand the state’s early childhood system and to create a strategic plan to build a system that will better address the needs and improve outcomes for children, families, schools, and communities throughout New Hampshire.

The coalition is interested in learning from parents or guardians with children under age 7 about their participation in such early childhood programs as: early care and education, home visiting, early intervention, health care, and other types of programs that focus on young children from birth until they enter kindergarten, and their families. We are particularly interested in access to programs, experience with program quality, and any barriers to program participation.

Your input is important. Please take 20 minutes to complete this survey before July 28. Please share this opportunity broadly within your friends and networks. The survey can be accessed directly at: https://www.education.nh.gov/pdg/family.htm

Survey participants must be:
* 18 or older,
* A resident of New Hampshire, and
* The parent or legal guardian of a child under the age of 7 living in New Hampshire.

The partners are offering a $20 Amazon gift card for participation in the 20-minute survey; however, a valid New Hampshire mailing address must be provided to receive compensation. Gift cards are limited to the first 1000 respondents and only one gift card will be issued per mailing address. The survey will be open through July 28, 2019 and must be completed in one sitting.

Click here to access the survey.

Web SwampBats Game July 11Swamp Bats Game - Keene Chamber Night at the Ball Park

Now rescheduled for Tuesday, July 23!
RAINOUT: Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.


A limited number of free tickets are available at MDS.
*Special Olympians who wish to participate on field at the game must contact Priscilla Brisson (352-1304) before June 27th.