Archive for March, 2008


Thursday, March 27th, 2008

The May 16th Health in Child Care Conference brochure is now available on line at


“Making a Difference for All Children”

And the keynote features a panel of experts on autism.

HICC is only $55 for the full day conference including breakfast and lunch. ($65 after May 1st)

Professional development certificates are available to meet child care licensing regulations, Dept. of Education training and nursing contact hours.

Fourteen workshops are offered in the AM and PM on a variety of topics related to health and safety.

Vender tables are available for those who would like to distribute information.

Donations to cover conference expenses are tax deductible and greatly appreciated.

For more information contact

Afterschools ‘Role in a Science,Technology, Engineering and Math Agenda

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

NJ is a part of the National Network of Statewide Afterschool Networks. One tremendous benefit of this network is the opportunity to take advantage of national open discussions. NJ is invited to take part in-Afterschool ‘Role in a Science,Technology, Engineering and Math Agenda.

When: Thursday , MARCH 27
from 1:00 to 2:00pm Eastern Time.

Topic: Afterschool ‘Role in a Science,Technology, Engineering and Math Agenda.

This month’s call will be a discussion around our nation’s
international competitiveness in science and technology. Policymakers
are paying close attention to science, technology, engineering and
math (STEM) education as a way to engage students in disciplines that
can lead to highly skilled jobs with high pay. Tony Streit from the
Education Development Center will talk about how afterschool programs
can play an important role, sparking student interest in STEM and
providing hands-on opportunities that complement learning during the
school day.
The following web sites will be referenced during the call:

Web sites:
** National Science Foundation’s ITEST Program:
** The FunWorks:
** Verizon Foundation’s Thinkfinity Educators’ Portal: http://
** National Partnership for Quality Afterschool Learning Toolkits:
** Coalition for Science Afterschool:
** The YouthLearn Initiative at EDC:



Access: 986-4957


Monday, March 24th, 2008

AMERGROUP Community Care is provider of New Jersey FamilyCare, a
medicaid-based program which provides low or no cost health coverage for
New Jersey families. Many families who do not have health coverage for
their children may now be looking before September, 2008 because of the
Department of Health and Senior Services 2008 updated immunization
requirements. Children will not be able to attend day care, pre-school
and 6th grade unless they receive these additional vaccines. Here are a
few of the updates:

Pneumoccal conjugate vaccine:
– Every child two months through 11 months of age enrolling in or
attending any licensed child-care center or preschool facility on or
after September 1, 2008 shall have received a minimum of two
age-appropriate doses of.

– Every child 12 months through 59 months of age enrolling in or
attending a licensed child-care center on or after September 1, 2008
shall have received at least one dose of PCV on or afer their 1st

Flu Shot:
– Every child six months through 59 months old and attending any
licensed child-care center or preschool on or after September 1, 2008
shall get an annual dose of influenza vaccine BETWEEN September 1st and
December 31 of EACH year.

FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL or after-school programs of MIDDLE SCHOOLERS –
Booster for Diphtheria, tetanus toxoids and pertussis vaccine:
– Every child entering 6th GRADE in September, 2008 is required to get
one dose given NO EARLIER than their 10th birthday.

Meningistis vaccine:
– Every child entering 6th GRADE in September, 2008 is required to one
dose of Meningococcal vaccine.

If you know of any parents who have do not have health coverage and have
questions or need help enrolling in no cost or low-cost NJ FamilyCare
program, please share my contact information.

Nancy H.Voltz
Account Manager – Schools
AMERIGROUP Community Care
New Jersey Health Plan
399 Thornall Street, 9th Floor
Edison, NJ 08837
877-453-4080 x66206
FAX: 732-906-2089

May 13th and 14th, 2008 in DC

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

Afterschool for All Challenge

Afterschool for All Challenge May 13th and 14th in DC

It’s time again for the annual
Afterschool for All Challenge!
Please make plans to join the Afterschool Alliance and advocates from across the country in Washington DC
on Afterschool for All Challengeth to help grow support for afterschool programs. The program will feature two full days of activities, including a Youth Advocacy track, training and networking sessions, and favorite events such as the Breakfast of Champions and
meetings with Members of Congress and staff. At this year’s Breakfast of Champions, we will honor Congressional afterschool champions, as well as state and
local leaders.
If you can not attend the event, there are also ways to participate at home.
More information is available at Or, contact them at 202-347-2030 or with any questions.

Food Grants

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

Funding Opportunity to Increase Participation in After school and Summer Nutrition Programs

From March 10-May 30, 2008, Share Our Strength will be accepting grant applications from current sponsors of summer and after school meal programs for children that utilize USDA-reimbursement and organizations that increase participation through advocacy and
Grants from Share Our Strength’s
Great American Bake Sale will support efforts to increase participation among low-income school-age children in
afterschool and summer meal programs. Nonprofit organizations that work to increase the number of children that receive nutritious afterschool and summer
meals may be eligible to apply for funds raised through Share Our Strength’s Great American Bake Sale. Grant awards will range from $1,000 to $10,000.

Eligibility Criteria Grants will only be awarded to
nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations, schools with a valid NCES code, or local government entities that work to ensure children have access to afterschool and
summer meal programs.
To be eligible to apply for a grant
from this program, organizations must also do at least ONE (1) of the following:
1. Sponsor USDA-reimbursed
afterschool and/or summer meal programs for school-age children.
2. Work to increase participation in
USDA-reimbursed afterschool and summer meal programs through outreach and advocacy.
To apply

For more information about this
grant opportunity and to access the application please visit