Archive for September, 2007

Community College

Monday, September 17th, 2007

 Do you have sytaff attending a NJ Community College? If so pass on to them !

“State Colleges Must Accept County College Credits”

A new law will make it easier and more affordable for thousands of New Jersey county college students to pursue degrees at the state’s public four-year colleges and universities. Four-year schools will be required to accept credits earned for a two-year associate’s degree from any of the 19 county colleges, eliminating the need for students to retake classes and spend more money on tuition.

Do you have staff attending a NJ Community College? If so pass on to them!

“State Colleges Must Accept County College Credits”

A new law will make it easier and more affordable for thousands of New Jersey county college students to pursue degrees at the state’s public four-year colleges and universities. Four-year schools will be required to accept credits earned for a two-year associate’s degree from any of the 19 county colleges, eliminating the need for students to retake classes and spend more money on tuition.

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2007/09/state_colleges_to_accept_count.html

Grant

Monday, September 17th, 2007

The Gerber Foundation
Application Deadlines: Grant awards are approved in May and November. Initial letters of inquiry are accepted at any time but should be submitted no later than five months prior to these award dates. For the May round, submit letters prior to December 1; for the November round, submit letters prior to June 1.

Description: The foundation’s mission focuses on infants and young children. Accordingly, priority is given to projects that improve infants’ and young children’s nutrition, care, and development from the year before birth to three years of age. Programs should support a specific health or nutrition intervention and have defined outcome parameters. The foundation gives priority to projects of national or regional impact. Projects should be sufficiently focused to make an appreciable difference in the field of interest.

Who May Apply: Organizations recognized as tax-exempt under Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3) are eligible to apply for foundation grants. Organizations must also be determined not to be private foundations under Internal Revenue Code 509. No grants are made to individuals. With few exceptions, only organizations with principal operations in the United States and its territories are eligible for funding. There is no geographic limitation within the United States.

Funding Amount: While there is no policy affecting the dollar amounts of foundation grants, there are some practical considerations. Projects requiring small grants (generally under $50,000) are typically local in scope and impact, and therefore may not be within the scope of national funding initiatives. Large requests (greater than $1 million annually) may exceed available foundation resources. Please describe your need for funds in a way that makes sense for the specific request. Clearly describe the impact foundation dollars will have on the course of the project.

For more information, go to:
http://www.gerberfoundation.org/grantmaking_policies.htm

Special Needs Questions

Wednesday, September 12th, 2007

 NJSACC in partnership with Kean University’s , Dr. Ellen Fennick-is hosting this survey.  NJSACC had posted it earlier in the summer-the link at the University level did not work. 
That problem is now corrected and we are re-posting the survey. 

Please take a moment to respond.

A note from Dr. Fennick: 
I hope that everyone who works in afterschool care programs will participate in this brief survey. Completing the survey will take no more than 10 minutes. As a faculty member of the College of Education at Kean University, I am conducting this survey to compile information to understand inclusion in afterschool care programs.

Your participation is voluntary, there are no risks to you, and you may withdraw at any time. Information from the survey will be used to enrich the availability and quality of training to improve inclusive practices in afterschool  programs.

All information will remain confidential and responses will only be identified by number codes, with no information about any individual. Only the researcher, myself, will have access to the data of the survey via a password.

Click Below to
TakeSurvey

 

Free On Line Training Program To Improve Nutrition/Physical Activity

Wednesday, September 12th, 2007

Check those registration forms now!  Does your afterschool program serve childeren who have parents employed by :

  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Merck
  • Prudential
  • Exxon Mobil Corporation 

FREE:  New training opportunity to improve nutrition and increase physical activity in school-age children

After-school programs in New Jersey are being invited to participate in a free and innovative, on-line nutrition and physical activity training program to help prevent childhood obesity.  Childhood obesity has become the most common nutritional disorder for children in the United States.  This epidemic and its accompanying health consequences (diabetes, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and low self-esteem) are affecting children at an alarming rate.  After school programs have a unique opportunity to help prevent childhood obesity and promote healthy habits in children.

After-school programs in New Jersey are being invited to participate in a free and innovative, on-line nutrition and physical activity training program to help prevent childhood obesity.  Childhood obesity has become the most common nutritional disorder for children in the United States.  This epidemic and its accompanying health consequences (diabetes, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and low self-esteem) are affecting children at an alarming rate.  After school programs have a unique opportunity to help prevent childhood obesity and promote healthy habits in children.Funding for this program is being made available by the New Jersey members of the American Business Collaboration:

  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Merck
  • Prudential
  • Exxon Mobil Corporation 

Their generous sponsorship will allow 70 programs to participate in this on-line training program.

The HEAT Club Curriculum is part of an initiative called Children in Balance, through Tufts University, which aims to improve eating habits and increase physical activity among school age children.  Geared toward children ages 5-10, the HEAT Club curriculum has been scientifically tested and evaluated. Fifteen programs in New Jersey have already successfully piloted this curriculum and the on-line version was piloted in 75 additional programs nationwide. The after school programs that are selected to participate will be provided the opportunity to use this innovative on-line curriculum at no charge.

In addition, each program will receive a $500 stipend to purchase the equipment and materials needed to implement the activities.

If you are interested in participating in this program, or would like more information, please contact
Lori Ioannone (617-636-3552) or e-mail: heatclub@tufts.edu
Please provide your program name, your name and title, address, phone and fax numbers, and an e-mail address. 
Programs serving families of the funding companies will be given priority in the selection process.

NJSACC Welcomes Ethan James Heiberg

Thursday, September 6th, 2007

 NJSACC has an exciting announcement!

 Jessica Heiberg, NJSACC Director of Program Services, gave birth to her first child , Ethan James Heiiberg, yesterday.

Ethan is 21 inches long and weighed 7 lbs. and 11 oz.!

Mother and baby are doing well!