Archive for June, 2007

Corrected Post with working link

Friday, June 29th, 2007

If you have not responded to the school age care survey, we hope that you

will do so.  We are trying to get 1,000 responses before August 31.  The

survey takes less than 10 minutes to complete, and participation from

everyone who works in afterschool care is very important

The survey takes less than 10 minutes to complete, and participation from
everyone who works in afterschool care is very important.

Inclusion, special needs -whatever you may call it .  Afterschool programs everywhere are seeking support – on the “how to ” provide a quality program that is an inclusive program for all youth.
We would like to invite everyone who works in afterschool care
programs to participate in a brief survey about inclusion and after school
care programs.
This survey is a partnership effort between Professor Ellen Fennick of the College of Education
at Kean University and the New Jersey School Age Care Coalition (NJSACC).

Please help us by clicking the link to the survey; completing it will take no more than 10 minutes, and the results are anonymous.
Thank you for your help,
Dr. Ellen Fennick
Kean University          
Union, NJ

http://tpc.kean.edu:8080/ultimatesurvey/Surveys/AvailableSurveys.aspx

CLICK ON FIRST SURVEY-afterschool

Lessons

Friday, June 29th, 2007

New Report on California’s After-School Expansion Reveals Lessons Learned

This report from the William T. Grant Foundation, “California’s Afterschool Expansion: The planning for implementation of Proposition 49 and considerations for planners in other states,” tells how California mobilized to implement the largest state-funded expansion of after-school services in the nation’s history.  Read the report at CLICK HERE

 

Inclusion In Afterschool

Friday, June 29th, 2007

Inclusion in Afterschool
 
If you have not responded to the school age care survey, we hope that you
will do so.  We are trying to get 1,000 responses before August 31.  The
survey takes less than 10 minutes to complete, and participation from
everyone who works in afterschool care is very important.

Inclusion, special needs -whatever you may call it .  Afterschool programs everywhere are seeking support – on the “how to ” provide a quality program that is an inclusive program for all youth.
We would like to invite everyone who works in afterschool care
programs to participate in a brief survey about inclusion and after school
care programs.
This survey is a partnership effort between Professor Ellen Fennick of the College of Education
at Kean University and the New Jersey School Age Care Coalition (NJSACC).

Please help us by clicking the link to the survey; completing it will take no more than 10 minutes, and the results are anonymous.
Thank you for your help,
Dr. Ellen Fennick
Kean University           
Union, NJ                   

CLICK HERE FOR SURVEY

And then click on the first survey, titled: afterschool

ReCharge!

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

Action for Healthy Kids, in partnership with the National Football
League ( http://www.nflyouthfootball.com )   , developed

ReCharge! Energizing After-school(tm),
the first nationally distributed after-school program that fully integrates nutrition and physical
activity through teamwork-based strategies for youth in grades 3-6.
See link for information on Recharge Energize.
http://www.actionforhealthykids.org/special_after.php

A letter from Commisioner Ryan of NJ DCF

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

NJSACC is committed to providing care and support for programs that serve children in the afterschool hours.  As an afterschool professional you have a wonderful opportunity to have daily  contact with families.  Many times you and  your staff are providing resources  and  emotional support to the families you serve .  Please read the letter from Commissioner Ryan from the NJ  Department of Children and Families. 
Share this letter with your staff and  please also share with your families . 
The afterschool program and summer camp is the new neighborhood-providing care and  support for families!  

Dear Colleagues:

As you know, public debate about immigration issues has been at a
fever pitch for some time now. While I understand and appreciate
that many lawmakers around the country are currently working hard
to push for fair and humane immigration reform legislation, I am
gravely concerned that some officials in the national debate seem
to have little regard for human rights or the importance of
keeping families together.

I am particularly concerned about how immigrant children and
families have been and continue to be affected here in New
Jersey. I am disturbed by stories presented to me about families
being torn apart and children who are being left behind,
sometimes on their own, due to surprise raids where parents are
being detained and perhaps deported. Needless to say, when this
occurs children and families go through an extremely traumatic
experience and, some, if not all, will undoubtedly be in need of
counseling and other social services.

Governor Corzine and I want to reiterate our commitment to serve
every child and family in need of our assistance, regardless of
citizenship, immigration status or how long they have lived in
this state. We stand by this commitment and hope that you stand
with us.

As our partners in the child welfare system, I am asking each you
and your organizations to please help us identify when and where
any children are being separated from their parents and left
alone as a result of immigration enforcement. If you know of
children and families who might be in this situation, please call
DCF’s Constituent Relations line at 609-292-1840.

I would also like to remind our contracted partners and providers
that no child or family can be denied any services that your
organization offers using state funding because of their
immigration status.

I know that all of you work tirelessly everyday because you are
committed to serving all children and families in need and I want
to personally thank you. As I have said many times, none of us
can alone do the vital work of serving our most vulnerable kids
and families.

Sincerely,

Kevin M. Ryan
Commissioner
Department of Children and Families

SPANISH VERSION**********
Estimados Colegas,

Todos sabemos que el debate público del tema de inmigración ha
estado candente últimamente y por algún tiempo ya. Mientras
entiendo y aprecio que algunos legisladores en varias partes de
la nación están trabajando fuertemente para proponer reformas
justas y humanas, siento preocupación por aquellas otras
personalidades públicas, que forman parte del debate nacional,
porque parecen tener muy poca consideración por los derechos
humanos o la importancia de mantener a las familias juntas.

Me preocupa la manera en que están siendo afectados los niños y
las familias inmigrantes y como éstas continúan siendo afectadas
aquí en Nueva Jersey. Me molestan las noticias que me llegan de
las familias que están siendo destrozadas por la separación, y
los niños que se están quedando atrás, a veces solos, debido a
las redadas inesperadas de inmigración donde los padres son
detenidos y hasta quizás deportados. No falta decir, que cuando
esto ocurre los niños y las familias pasan por una experiencia
sumamente traumática y, algunos, sí no todos, quedan,
indudablemente, en necesidad de conserjería y otros servicios de
ayuda social.

El Gobernador Corzine y yo queremos reiterarles nuestro
compromiso, de servir a cada niño y a cada familia en necesidad
de nuestra ayuda, sin importancia de su ciudadanía, estado de
inmigración o cuánto tiempo llevan viviendo en este estado.
Estamos comprometidos y esperamos que ustedes también estén con
nosotros.

Como nuestro compañero en el sistema de bienestar público del
niño, le pido a usted y a cada una de sus organizaciones, por
favor, nos ayuden a identificar a cada niño, el momento y el
lugar donde el niño ha sido separado de su familia y se ha
quedado solo como resultado de un operativo de inmigración. Si
usted sabe de niños y familias que están sufriendo esta
situación, por favor llamar al teléfono de ayuda al Constituyente
de DCF 609-292-1840.

Me gustaría también recordarle a nuestros compañeros contratistas
y a proveedores que a ningún niño o familia, cualquiera que sea
su estatus migratorio, se le puede negar los servicios que presta
su organización, cuando ésta utiliza fondos estatales para
ofrecer servicios
.

Sé que ustedes trabajan todos los días sin descansar, porque
ustedes son dedicados y están comprometidos a ayudar a todos los
niños y a las familias en necesidad y quiero agradecerles
personalmente. Según lo he dicho muchas veces, ninguno de
nosotros solos podemos cumplir con el trabajo que se necesita
para servir a nuestros más indefensos niños y familias.

Sinceramente,

Kevin M. Ryan
Comisionado
Departamento de Niños y Familias