Archive for October, 2007


Wednesday, October 31st, 2007


The Conference is full to capacity. 
No walk in registrations please!

The office is closed and will reopen on  Wednesday, November 7th.


Best Practices in Building Sustainable Extended Day Programs

Monday, October 29th, 2007

Complimentary Webinar: Best Practices in Building Sustainable Extended Day Programs

 Whether you are working on your first or fifteenth extended day program, creating these learning environments can pose unique challenges.

    * Hear first hand from an educational policy expert about extended day programs that can be successful over the long-term.
    * Get tactical tips from a veteran program coordinator who has implemented many effective before and after school programs. 
    * Understand the special considerations that educators should take into account when building grant-funded programs.

Date: Wednesday, November 7, 2007 
Time: 9:00 a.m. PDT/noon EDT
 Fee: Complimentary 

Enroll at now! 

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to ask questions of an expert from a research organization and a professional program coordinator! 

Amanda Szekely,

Sr. Research Associate and Education Policy Expert,

The Finance Project, a Washington, DC-based research non-profit

and Kathy McWatters ,Program Coordinator, Delaware-Union Education Service Center, Delaware, OH 

Enroll at now! 

Questions? Contact us at or 1-800-883-7430. 


The LeapFrog School House Team


p.s. – As a bonus, when you register to attend, you enter to win a Read-It-All Summer Program with a value of $1,050.



Friday, October 26th, 2007

Questions and Answers about Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in Schools

Answers to commonly asked questions about preventing the spread of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus skin infections.

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Friday, October 26th, 2007

 The NJSACC Confeence
 The Creative Spirit of Afterschool
 Nov 2nd and 3rd, 2007

Is closed and full to capacity!

Please note that registration closed last Friday .

Please no more registrations will be accepted!
There are no WALK-INS at the conference!                                   

21st CCLC New Grantees

Friday, October 19th, 2007


For More Information Contact the Public Information Office:
    Jon Zlock
    Kathryn Forsyth, Director
For Release: October 18, 2007

DOE Announces 10 New 21st Century Community Learning Centers
Lights on Afterschool Day Highlights Importance of Afterschool Programs

Ten new 21st Century Community Learning Centers opened this month after receiving $5.1 million in federal funding, Department of Education officials announced today as part of “Lights on Afterschool!” Day, a national initiative that promotes the importance of quality after-school programs that keep children safe, help working families and inspire learning.

The new after-school programs, which give students in grades four through 12 tutoring and other academic services, as well as arts and physical activities, join 45 other active centers that serve more than 15,000 children in the state.  

“We are committed to supporting after-school programs that provide enriching opportunities in a secure environment for children who may otherwise not receive them,” said Commissioner of Education Lucille E. Davy.  “‘Lights on Afterschool!’ shines a light on the importance of these programs.  The department looks forward to working with these and other fine initiatives that are focused on addressing student needs and preparing them for success in the 21st Century.”

The 10 new 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant recipients and their servicing school districts are:

Arts & Education Center (Carteret School District, Middlesex County);
Camden County Vocational School District (Camden County);
Greater Paterson OIC (Paterson School District, Passaic County);
Jewish Renaissance Foundation (Perth Amboy School District, Middlesex County);
LEAP Academy University Charter School (Camden County);
Middle Earth (Bound Brook School District and South Bound Brook School District, Somerset County);
Mullica Township School District (Atlantic County);
Pemberton Township School District (Burlington County);
Plainfield Community Outreach, Inc. (Plainfield School District, Union County); and
Tri-County Community Action Agency (Bridgeton School District, Cumberland County).
The following programs are participating in Lights on Afterschool! celebrations today:  Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, Hudson County; Gloucester City School District, Gloucester City, Camden County; Egg Harbor Regional School District, Egg Harbor, Atlantic County; Perth Amboy School Distict, Perth Amboy, Middlesex County; Ventnor City School District, Ventnor, Atlantic County; Passaic Workforce Investment Board, Paterson, Passaic County; and the LEAP Academy University Charter School in Camden, Camden County.

The primary goal of a 21st Century Community Learning Center is to help children who attend low-performing schools and live in high-poverty areas with academic, physical, artistic and cultural enrichment during out-of-school time hours, so that they may attain the skills necessary to meet state core curriculum content standards.

In order to qualify for the grant, schools must either receive Title I funding for schoolwide programs have a minimum of 30 percent of its student population from low-income families.  Low-income families are defined as those families whose children receive free lunch and/or free milk.

All centers must have activities that cover all of the five components: academic enrichment, cultural and artistic, positive youth development, physical activity, and parental involvement.  In addition, the centers must offer literacy and other educational services to the families of the participating students.

In addition to the 21st Century Community Learning Center grants, the state has invested $15 million in funding for after-school programs run by the New Jersey After 3 organization.  Those programs are projected to serve 15,000 children in the coming year.  All told, after-school programs in New Jersey serve more than 30,000 children in the state.

Further information about 21st Century Community Learning Centers can be found online here:  For more information, please contact the Department of Education Public Information Office at (609) 292-1126.