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February 2010
Vol 1, Issue 5

Afterschool ActionNJ Afterschool Action
News, Policy and Research from NJSACC

Welcome to NJ Afterschool Action!
Photo of ED Diane GencoBudget cuts at every level of government.  High levels of unemployment.  Uncertainty.  These are challenging times indeed and the afterschool field is not immune.  Despite the great difficulties we face, I am hopeful that together we can move forward and continue to provide high quality programs that support children and families.  What is required of us is hard work, creative thinking and that we all work together.  Last month, we asked you to take our "Taking the Temperature" survey -- we were pleased at the high number of responses we received and especially the thoughtful comments many of you wrote, sharing your ideas on what is most needed to improve afterschool in NJ.  Our field is full of many talented and dedicated leaders -- we need you now more than ever. 

One quick, simple action you can take right now to support one of the partners in our statewide Afterschool Network is to sign a petition supporting New Jersey After 3.  As many of you know, New Jersey After 3's funding was among many of the cuts announced by Governor Christie last week.  Without the expected $5.2 million for this year's programming, many of their programs will be forced to close in the coming weeks, leaving thousands of children without a place to go afterschool.  If you would like to ask Governor Christie to reconsider the cut to New Jersey After 3, please click here to sign the petition.

Read. Learn. Get involved. Together we can make a difference.
Diane Genco
NJSACC Welcomes Second Class of Afterschool Ambassadors
Thirteen afterschool leaders from throughout the state of New Jersey attended an Orientation training on January 22 led by NJSACC's Enrichment Support Specialist Sarah Cruz.  The program now has 33 Afterschool Ambassadors total, representing 20 of our state's 21 counties.  Our Afterschool Ambassadors are helping us bring NJSACC trainings to each of these counties, greatly expanding the the geographic area we serve.  Trainings are scheduled for the following counties and dates:

Somerset, March 10, 2010
Gloucester, March 16, 2010
Essex, March 27, 2010
Morris, March 9, 2010
Bergen, May 8, 2010
Ocean, April 12, 2010
Burlington, April 14, 2010
Camden, April 27, 2010
Cumberland, April 27, 2010
Atlantic, April 30, 2010

Please contact Sarah Cruz at 973-768-3351 or for more information. 

>>Click here to learn more.
Mini-Grants Available to Licensed Programs
NJSACC's Mini-Grants program is going back to the basics this year. There will be 10 grants of $2,500 available to school-age programs that are licensed through the Department of Children and Families Office of Licensing to help programs focus on licensing standards. Grant funding must be used to either correct licensing issues or help to maintain licensing standards and should improve health, safety, environment and/or physical facilities. Programs that submit a Mini-Grant Application will qualify to participate in the grant's competitive process.

Funding for these mini-grants was provided by the NJ Department of Human Services, Division of Family Development as part of a Federal CCDF Block Grant Earmark.

>>Click here to learn more and to download the application forms. 
NJSACC to Offer Principals Institute
Workshop on Collaboration Strategies for Principals and Afterschool Program Directors

Hear from Paul G. Young, Ph. D., President & CEO of the National AfterSchool Association (NAA) and former Executive Director of West Afterschool Program in Lancaster, Ohio.
He has extensive experience as a school administrator and previously held positions as an elementary school principal and President of the NAESP  (National Elementary and Principals Association  Board of Directors.
Come and join principals across the state to develop a plan of action utilizing  NAESP's Leading After-School Learning Communities: Standards for What Principals Should Know and Be Able To Do.  This training is open to all  schools and afterschool programs statewide and will focus on quality and effective strategies for implementation of afterschool programs.
Participants are requested to attend as a team of 2 or more.
Team should consist of :
  • a school building principal
  • and one other agency representative, such as an afterschool director/coordinator, Board Member, Parent Liason, or Community Leader

When: Monday March 29, 2010
Time:   9:30 am-2pm
Where: New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Assoication @12 Centre Drive, Monroe Township, NJ 08831
Cost: $25 per person includes lunch and all material
Last day to Register is March 21st, 2010.

Click here to register

Afterschool In the News
A collection of local and national news articles of interest to the afterschool community.

New Jersey

N.J. Affordable After-school Centers are Threatened by Gov. Christie's Budget Cuts, The Star Ledger

Chris Christie Declares Fiscal 'State of Emergency,' Paving Way for N.J. Spending Cuts, The Star Ledger

Glassboro Teen Rallies Others for Volunteer Efforts, Gloucester County Times (via


Teaming Up For Students: Programs Keep Kids Busy After School, Reno Gazette-Journal, Nevada

Groups See Disappointment, and Hope, in President's 2011 Budget, Afterschool Snacks (blog), The Afterschool Alliance

(Video)  Chef Art Smith's Common Threads Afterschool Program, Fox News Power Player of the Week
In This Issue
NJSACC Welcomes Second Class of Afterschool Ambassadors
Mini-Grants Available to Licensed Programs
NJSACC to Offer Principals Institute
Afterschool In the News
"Taking the Temperature" Survey Update
Afterschool Leaders Release Joint Statement Supporting "New Day for Learning"
Take Action on Important Federal Funding for Afterschool
Join NJSACC on Facebook
Join our Mailing List!
"Taking the Temperature" Survey Update
Throughout January 2010, NJSACC collected more than 900 responses to our "Taking the Temperature" survey -- far exceeding our original goal of 500 responses.  We thank you all for helping us spread the word about our survey and we look forward to sharing the results with you in the coming weeks. 
Afterschool Leaders Release Joint Statement Supporting "New Day for Learning"
The National Afterschool Association (NAA) and the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) recently released a statement in support "A New Day for Learning", a C.S. Mott Foundation funded initiative that advocates innovative learning experiences for young people during and after the school day.  According to the statement, the organizations seek to offer support and assistance to principals and afterschool leaders as they "work collaboratively, side-by-side, to help all children by increasing their opportunities and access to enriching learning experiences". 

Click here to read the full statement on the NAA website.  To learn more about "A New Day for Learning", please click here
Take Action on Important Federal Funding for Afterschool

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On February 1, 2010, the President's proposed FY2011 budget was released, including proposed changes to the 21st Century Community Learning Center program that would result in a cut of about $13 million to before-school, afterschool and summer learning programs. Send an email to the Administration and Department of Education today expressing concern over the proposed changes and calling for an increase in afterschool program funding.

>>Click here to learn more and make your voice heard
Join NJSACC on Facebook
If you are on Facebook, please join NJSACC's our Facebook group.  We will be using Facebook to introduce our Afterschool Ambassadors, share information about trainings and events, and highlight important actions you can take to support afterschool.  Simply click the Facebook icon below to visit and join!

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.