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January 2010
Vol 1, Issue 4

Afterschool ActionNJ Afterschool Action
News, Policy and Research from NJSACC

Welcome to NJ Afterschool Action!
Photo of ED Diane GencoHappy 2010.  As we start a new legislative session and inaugurate a new governor, it's an important time to make sure our elected officials understand the value of afterschool.
Afterschool programs expand learning time, promote student achievement, keep children safe, and help working families.  When children are in high quality afterschool programs, test scores increase, school attendance improves, social skills mature, and parents gain the support they need to focus on their jobs.
Please take a few minutes to look through NJSACC's Advocacy Resources to learn how you can keep your elected officials and local media informed about afterschool.
Taking the Temperature of Afterschool
As part of our initiative to develop a vision for afterschool in New Jersey and  plan for achieving that vision, we are conducting a survey.  We'd like to hear your opinions about what's working, what needs to be improved and what are the top priority issues. Please share your opinions with us.  Take a few minutes to complete the online survey.  Then share it with your colleagues.  The survey will remain open until January 28 at 5 PM. We look forward to reporting the results in a future issue of NJ Afterschool Action.

Read. Learn. Get involved. Together we can make a difference.
Diane Genco
Extended Learning in Action:  New Jersey After 3

Guest Author: Jim McGlynn, New Jersey After 3

NJA3 LogoNew Jersey After 3 is a statewide network of evidence-based afterschool programs serving more than 12,500 children and their families across 114 urban, suburban and rural school communities.  The New Jersey After 3 network consists of local community organizations who partner with public schools to expand learning time by more than 40% each school day, keeping kids safe, improving student achievement and supporting working families.

New Jersey After 3 provides critical support to 45 nonprofit program partners that include Boys & Girls Clubs, YMCAs, museums, hospitals and other community agencies. Support comes in the form of year-round training and technical assistance, rich content, and operating support grants.

>>Click here to learn more
Help Us Spread the Word:  "Taking the Temperature of Afterschool" Survey
We need your help to spread the word about our "Taking the Temperature of Afterschool" survey, which will help set the vision for the New Jersey Afterschool Network.  We want to hear from a wide variety of stakeholders in the field -- program providers, trainers, intermediaries, funders, and others.  This survey will be available until January 28, 2010 at 5pm and can be accessed by clicking below:

"Taking the Temperature of Afterschool" Survey

To share this survey with others, simply forward this newsletter to your colleagues and friends. 

Thank you and we look forward to sharing the results with you in March. 
In the News
Several media outlets have covered Governor Christie's recent announcements for various state departments and agencies.

Christie Nominates Bret Schundler as Education Chief  Philadelphia Inquirer

To Lead Schools, Christie Picks Voucher Advocate New York Times

Christie Wants Jennifer Velez to Stay as Human Services Chief  The Star Ledger
In This Issue
Extended Learning in Action: New Jersey After 3
"Taking the Temperature of Afterschool"
In the News
Rutgers Offers Dedicated Youth Work Program
Afterschool Facts
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Rutgers Offers Dedicated Youth Work Program

Guest Author: Terrance Reagan, Rutgers University

In the last five years, Rutgers University has recognized the need for educated professionals in the ever growing field of positive youth development. The minor/certificate in Professional Youth Work expands career options for students, whatever their majors may be, and for professionals already in the field.  Graduates find employment opportunities in human services, community development, youth programs in public, private, nonprofit and for-profit organizations, teaching opportunities in a variety of environmental education/science centers and non-school settings, and after-school programs. The minor/certificate is administered through the Education Program in the Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences.

>>Click here to learn more
Afterschool Facts

Afterschool Programs Keep Kids Safe Between 3pm and 6pm.

Did you know that between 3pm and 6pm:

Juvenile crime triples.

It is the time period when children are
most likely to be victims of crime and participate in risky behavior such as drug or alcohol abuse or sexual activity. 

Source: Afterschool Alliance
Thank you so much for reading this 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

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.