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October 2009
Vol 1, Issue 1

Afterschool ActionNJ Afterschool Action
News, Policy and Research from NJSACC

Welcome to NJ Afterschool Action!
Photo of ED Diane GencoOur monthly newsletter will keep you up-to-date on all of the issues affecting afterschool in New Jersey, from new state legislation, to federal funding updates to research, trends and promising practices. By bringing you the latest news and the best information about afterschool, I hope I'll encourage you add your voice to the growing community of afterschool supporters in New Jersey. From President Obama to our neighborhood schools, more and more parents, teachers and policymakers are recognizing the fact that to raise our children well, afterschool is an essential part of the equation.
This newsletter is a part of the New Jersey Afterschool Network, the policy arm of NJSACC. The Network builds lasting public support for quality afterschool programs across New Jersey. Led by a public-private partnership, the network enhances public awareness and support; offers guidance for parents, providers, and advocates; strengthens relationships with policymakers, funders, practitioners, and parents, and shares best practices in the field.
Read. Learn. Get involved. Together we can make a difference.
Diane Genco
Executive Director
New Law Requires School Districts to Plan Comprehensive Afterschool Programs
NJSACC, the Network for New Jersey's Afterschool Communities,
Applauds New State Law
New Jersey school districts in certain low income communities must develop comprehensive plans for afterschool activities for the children in their districts, according to a new law passed by the State legislature. More than 20 communities are affected by this new law, including Newark, Jersey City, Paterson, Elizabeth, Trenton, Camden, East Orange, Passaic, and Irvington.   "New Jersey is putting children first," says NJSACC executive director Diane Genco. 

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Roselle Schools Use Afterschool to Improve Student Achievement
Elnardo Webster When Dr. Elnardo Webster became superintendent of school's Roselle was on New Jersey's list of districts in need of improvement.
Dr. Webster, who had been the Director of Newark, NJ's Office of Extended Day Programs, decided that expanding the school day would be a lynchpin in a strategy to improve Roselle's schools. He initiated a comprehensive program that begins at 7:00 am and offers enrichment, academic support and recreation until 9 at night.  This program, combined with in-school instructional reforms, has created outstanding results. Within two years. Roselle has been removed from the list of districts in need of improvement, it is now making adequate yearly progress, and its students are thriving. >Click here to read more
Campaign Focuses on Increasing Graduation Rate

Every 26 seconds a student drops out in the United States; that is a total of 1.2 million per year. In New Jersey, it is estimated by the Alliance for Excellent Education that 19,000 students did not graduate in 2007.
The NJ High School Graduation Campaign builds support for a comprehensive approach, bringing together educators, business leaders, policy makers and community organizations to develop an action plan to increase New Jersey's high school graduation rate in order to build students odds for successful lives.
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In This Issue
New law requires comprehensive afterschool programs in low income communities
Roselle Schools Use Afterschool to Improve Student Acheivement
Campaign Focuses on Increasing Graduation Rate
Governor Corzine Responds to Our Questions
New Poll Shows NJ Children Need More Afterschool Programs
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Governor Corzine Responds to Our Questions
Remember to Vote

We asked the gubernatorial candidates about their thoughts on afterschool. 

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Don't forget to vote on Tuesday, November 3, 2009. 

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Note:  NJSACC is a nonpartisan organization that neither supports nor opposes any political party or candidate for office. 
NJ Ranks in the Top 10 for
Afterschool Programs
More than a third of New Jersey children would participate in afterschool if a program were available, a new survey conducted by the Afterschool Alliance revealed. At the same time, New Jersey fared better than most states in the survey; participation in afterschool has increased to 14% of school-age children, and most parents are satisfied with their children's program.
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Thank you so much for reading our first edition of NJ Afterschool Action.  We want to hear from you, so please send your questions, comments, and ideas to
Diane Genco
New Jersey School Age Care Coalition