Archive for December, 2006

NJ 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) Grants Available

Friday, December 15th, 2006


December 15, 2006
TO:  Eligible Grant Applicants
FROM: Barbara Gantwerk, Acting Assistant Commissioner
  Division of Student Services

SUBJECT: 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) Program

The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) is pleased to announce the release of the Notice of Grant Opportunity (NGO) for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) Program.  The purpose of the 21st CCLC Program is to supplement the education of children who attend low performing schools and live in high-poverty areas so that they may attain the skills necessary to meet New Jersey’s Core Curriculum Content Standards.  This purpose will be addressed through the community learning centers, which will offer expanded learning and enrichment opportunities to children and their families outside of the regular school hours (such as before school, after school, on weekends and during holidays and summer recess). 

The 21st CCLC Program is a limited competitive grant program open to all public or private agencies including:

  •  local education agencies (districts, charter schools,educational services commissions, jointure commissions and special services school districts),
  • non-profit organizations, city or county government agencies,
  •  faith-based organizations (including religious private schools),
  • institutions of higher education and for-profit agencies,

But limited to the agencies that will serve students in any grade level between 4th and 12th who primarily attend schools eligible to participate in Title I schoolwide programs or schools that serve a high percentage of students from low income families.

Under Title IV, Part B, of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001, approximately $5.3 million is available to support the 21st CCLC Program.  It is anticipated that the initial grant award period will begin September 1, 2007 and end on August 31, 2008.  Awards will be made to approximately 10 applicants. Awards will be made annually for five years.  Grants will be a minimum of $75,000 and a maximum of $535,000 for the 12 month program year. 

The NGO is available on the NJDOE grant website, or by contacting the Office of Grants Management at (609) 777–1468.

Applications are due to the Application Control Center, New Jersey Department of Education by February 15, 2007

A technical assistance workshop will be held on January 4, 2007 in the auditorium of the NJ Forensic Science Technology Center at Hamilton from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Pre-registration is required by December 28, 2006.  Please register on-line at: .

The department is excited to be able to offer this opportunity to additional applicants and is looking forward to supporting high-quality comprehensive out-of-school time programs.  If you have any questions, please contact the program coordinator, Haydee Y. Perez-Livingston, in the Office of Program Support Services through e-mail at .

21st Century Skills

Friday, December 15th, 2006

Your afterschool program can help develop the skills needed to …


For the past five years, the national conversation on education has focused on reading scores, math tests and closing the “achievement gap” between social classes. This week a new public conversation will burst onto the front page, when the New Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce, a high-powered, bipartisan assembly of education secretaries, business leaders and a former governor releases a blueprint for rethinking American education from pre-K to 12 and beyond to better prepare students to thrive in the global economy.

While that report includes some controversial proposals, there is nonetheless a remarkable consensus among educators and business and policy leaders on one key conclusion: we need to bring what we teach and how we teach into the 21st century. Right now we’re aiming too low. Competency in reading and math — the focus of so much No Child Left Behind testing — is the meager minimum. Scientific and technical skills are, likewise, utterly necessary but insufficient.

Today’s economy demands not only a high-level competence in the traditional academic disciplines but also what might be called 21st century skills.

Here’s what they are:

  • Knowing more about the world
  • Thinking outside the box
  • Becoming smarter about new sources of information
  • Developing good people skills.

Can our public schools, originally designed to educate workers for agrarian life and industrial-age factories, make the necessary shifts?



Grants for NJ Communities $$$$$$

Friday, December 15th, 2006


“Gannett Foundation Grants for Education & Neighborhood Improvement”

The Gannett Foundation gives grants to organizations for projects that take a creative approach to fundamental issues such as education and neighborhood improvement, economic development, youth development, community problem-solving, assistance to disadvantaged people, environmental conservation and cultural enrichment. Maximum Award: varies.

Eligibility: communities in which Gannett owns a daily newspaper or television station (see website for details).

Deadline: January 15, 2007.

New Jersey’s communities:

• Asbury Park
• Bridgewater
• Cherry Hill
• East Brunswick
• Parsippany/
• Toms River
• Vineland


Learning To Give

Friday, December 15th, 2006


At this holiday time  many afterschool programs struggle with how to teach the importance of giving.

Learning to Give offers lesson plans, activities, and resources to educate youth about the power of philanthropy (sharing time, talent and treasure).
Empower young people to make a difference in their school, their community and their world!

Resources for afterschool staff, teachers, parents, faith based organizations , communities and children. 

Many resources are in Spanish.

New Research and Afterschool

Monday, December 11th, 2006


New Research-to-Results series launched today from Child Trends:

A new resource for designing, expanding, refining, improving, and evaluating out-of-school time programs. This is must-read material for program providers, policy makers, funders, and the media. Fact sheets, research briefs, and practitioner insight reports provide critical information on new research, promising evaluation and practice techniques, and basic information to help service providers and others use research and evaluation to improve programs for youth. These materials will be disseminated over the next four years, through Child Trends’ newest initiative, Research-to-Results. 

Here are the first seven products:(click on each title to view pdf)

 Research Brief – The Importance of Professional Development for Youth Workers

 Fact Sheet – Out-of-School Time is Critical for Children: Who Participates in Programs?

 Research Brief – Baby Boomers: An Untapped Resource for Volunteers in Out-of-School Time Programs

 Fact Sheet – Teens as Volunteers

 Research Brief – Defining the Term “At Risk” 

 Fact Sheet – Measuring Outcomes for Children and Youth in Out-of-School Time Programs: Moving Beyond Measuring Academics 

 Research Brief – Cumulative Risks Among American Children