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July 2010Vol 1, Issue 10

Afterschool ActionNJ Afterschool Action
News, Policy and Research from NJSACC

Welcome to NJ Afterschool Action!
Photo of ED Diane Genco
This has been an eventful month for New Jersey afterschool programs. The new state budget includes cuts that will dramatically change the landscape for kids statewide. School funding reductions are already creating new demands on afterschool programs. Programs that operate in schools after the school day end are being asked to pay rent for the first time. As municipalities cut their budgets, locally funded afterschool programs are jeopardized. New Jersey After 3, a nonprofit organization which supports a Statewide network of evidence-based afterschool programs, saw their state funding cut from $10 million to $3 million.
At the same time, I've been excited to see more and more afterschool programs offering comprehensive and creative learning opportunities this summer. Children are benefiting from special programs and partnerships that take advantage of longer days and less school-related pressures to engage kids in everything from engineering to the arts.
Across the state dedicated and inventive afterschool staff members are finding new ways to respond to fiscal challenges while doing their best every day for children. They inspire me to keep working to strengthen New Jersey's network of afterschool communities. I hope they inspire you to stay involved as well. Today, we are needed more than ever.

21st CCLC participating kidsI also wanted to share with you an exciting, no-cost resolution called the Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights. Our friends at NJ Audubon have been working with legislators on both sides to raise awareness about how important it is for children to experience the great outdoors. 

An excerpt from the resolution:

Every child has the right and should have opportunities to: 
Explore the woods; climb a tree
Run through a field; build a fort
Splash in the water; catch a fish
Explore a city park; turn over a log
Sleep out in a tent; gaze at stars
Follow a trail; listen to bird song
Play in the mud; hold a frog
Plant a garden; eat locally grown food
Play in the rain; follow animal tracks
Be alone in nature; share it with a friend
Celebrate NJ's habitats; embrace our natural heritage!

Please consider reaching out to your legislators and ask them support the Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights.  Let's also extend our thanks to the sponsoring legislators, Assemblyman Peter J. Barnes III, Assemblywoman Denise M. Coyle and Assemblyman Scott Rudder for shining a spotlight on this issue.  Click here to find your legislator. 

Read. Learn. Get involved. Together we can make a difference.
Diane Genco
2010 Summer Reading Program
Children Urged to "Makes a Splash - READ!" and Teens to "Make Waves at Your Library" and Adults Can "Water Your Mind - READ" at their local public library

Children and adults of all ages from 454 public libraries throughout New Jersey have the opportunity to participate in their public library's summer reading program, which is administered by the New Jersey Library Association, supported by a grant from the New Jersey State Library. 
 21st CCLC participating kids
The 2010 summer reading theme is water, and kids will "Make a Splash - READ!" with artwork by children's book illustrator Henry Cole.  The teen theme is "Make Waves at Your Library" with artwork by illustrator Ursula Vernon.  This year, for the first time, adults have their own summer reading program with the theme  "Water Your Mind - READ!" 

"Economic considerations are forcing many New Jersey families to cancel vacations and cut back on other activities this summer," said Norma Blake, NJ State Librarian. "The Summer Reading Program at their local library is the creative solution to what those budget-wary parents and their energetic children and teens need."
Pirate Day at Roselle Public Library (2009)
Pirate Day Roselle Library

Research shows that children who read during the summer perform better when school resumes in the fall. Kids and teens are participating in summer reading fun at their local libraries in growing numbers.

Click here to learn more
Afterschool Matters Features "Nana for a New Generation"
New Jersey's Denise Sellers, Executive Director of Haddonfield Child Care, contributed an article in the latest edition of Afterschool MattersShe writes about how her afterschool program fulfills a role similar to that of her own Nana, who loved and cared for an entire neighborhood of children. 
Afterschool Matters Journal
Afterschool Matters
is a national, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to promoting professionalism, scholarship and consciousness in the field of afterschool education. Published by the National Institute on Out-of-School Time with support from the Robert Bowne Foundation, the journal serves those involved in developing and managing programs for youth during the out-of-school time hours, in addition to those engaged in research and in shaping youth development policy.

Click here to download a copy of Afterschool Matters.
Mark Your Calendars for "Building Connections", NJSACC's Annual Afterschool Conference

This year NJSACC will once again host the NJ Annual Afterschool Conference.  "Building Connections" will focus on the importance of introducing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) into afterschool programs.

Building Connections:  NJ's Annual Afterschool Conference

When: November 12th and 13th, 2010

Conference Fees:
Members: $236 / 2 days $136 / 1 day
Non-Members: $271 / 2 days $171 / 1 day
Fee includes conference materials, continental breakfast and lunch buffet.

Conference Location and Accommodations:
The Marriott Princeton Hotel and Conference Center at Forrestal
100 College Road East, Princeton, NJ  08540
Room Rates: $149 per night

Room Reservations:
Reservations must be made by individual attendees directly with Marriott reservations at
(800) 228-9290 or (609) 452-7800.
Room reservations must be made on or before Friday, October 30, 2010.
When you call make sure to mention the NJSACC Conference and the dates of the conference in order to receive the conference rate.

Please Note:  Full conference program will be posted at in early September in a downloadable format. CONFERENCE PROGRAM WILL NOT BE MAILED THIS YEAR - ONLY AVAILABLE IN DOWNLOADABLE FORMAT.

Registration will be online only.

In This Issue
2010 Summer Reading Program
Afterschool In The News
Mark Your Calendars for "Building Connections"
Registration Opens for Lights On Afterschool
Afterschool Alliance Issue Brief on Summer Learning
Newark Musem Focuses on Afterschool
Afterschool Alliance In The News
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Registration Opens for Lights On Afterschool
Registration is open for the 11th annual Lights On Afterschool on October 21, 2010!

More than one million Americans celebrate Lights On Afterschool at 7,500+ 21st CCLC participating kidsevents nationwide.  Register now and be part of this important effort to call attention to the importance of afterschool programs that keep our kids safe, inspire them to learn and help working families. 

Click here to access the registration form.
Afterschool Alliance Updates Issue Brief on Summer Learning
The Afterschool Alliance released an updated issue brief entitled "Summer: A Season When Learning is Essential" using recently-released data from the America After 3PM Special Report on Summer.  This issue brief contains all you need to know to make the case for summer learning programs.

The "Summer: A Season When Learning is Essential" Issue Brief delves into the various ways in which summer enrichment activities can benefit children and includes new America After 3PM data to support the case for increased resources for summer learning programs.  This timely, enhanced issue brief also provides an updated list of exemplary summer programs, new quotes from parents, statistics on summer nutrition, key outcomes from quality summer learning programs and much more.

Click here for the Summer Learning Issue Brief. 
Newark Museum Offers Hands-On Learning to Afterschool Programs
The Newark Museum provides a range of engaging learning experiences for young people at the MNewark Museum Logouseum during out-of-school time.  In addition to hands-on, enriching activities at the Museum's Newark location, Museum educators are available to travel to afterschool programs.
Children at Newark Museum

All programs offer hands-on teaching to connect with art, history, science, and literacy and are conducted by professional Museum educators.  Programs are available for all age groups from kindergarten through 8th grade. 

More information is available on the Newark's Museum website. 
Children at Newark Museum

Afterschool In the News
A roundup of articles of interest to NJ's afterschool community. 

New Jersey

"Jewish Agencies Cheer as N.J. After 3 Wins Back Partial Funding", New Jersey Jewish Standard


"Barefoot Runner Will Make 760-mile Trip Across N.C. to Raise Awareness on State Budget Cuts," Winston-Salem Journal

"The Case Against Summer Vacation", TIME Magazine
Thank you so much for reading this edition of NJ Afterschool Action.  We always 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.