Archive for July, 2008

Draft Standards For National Accreditation

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

NJSACC is asking you, folks in the field, to take a moment and review the standards for afterschool.

The National AfterSchool Association is no longer handling the Afterschool Accreditation, COA will be the new organization.
The process is being redesigned- we need your input.
Why become Accredited? If your program accepts NJ CARES FOR KIDS and becomes accredited, then your organization ‘s rate will be 5% more than the standard rate. For some afterschool programs in NJ that extra money can make a big difference.
Please read below.

FROM COA************************************************************

Dear Colleague,

COA is pleased to announce that the draft standards for after school programs are now available for your review and comment. We realize the value of your time and thank you in advance for your participation.

Our goal has been to develop accreditation standards that programs of every size and designation can use to support their continuous quality improvement and long-term sustainability. Feedback collected during the field comment period will help us to strengthen the standards and ensure that they are truly reflective of effective and appropriate practice. We encourage you to make your comments, concerns, and suggestions as detailed as possible, and to include the standard number (e.g., ASP-PS 7.01, ASP-HR 2.02) when possible.

COA’s standards are organized according to a three level structure. At the highest level, a purpose standard provides the overall aim of the practices in the section of standards. At a middle level, each section is comprised of several sub-sections that are headed by core concept standards. Core concept standards describe program components that support the purpose standard. Lastly, at a third level, standards that contain detailed practices contribute to the core concept, and to meeting the purpose. These are practice standards.

The standards and accompanying questionnaire will be available through the end of the day on Tuesday, August 5th, at which point we will begin incorporating your feedback into the final drafts of the standards.

To view the standards for comment,see below:

After School Programming and Services Standards (ASP-PS)

After School Human Resources Standards (ASP-HR)

ASP-HR Related File: Personnel Qualifications

After School Administration Standards (ASP-AM)

To complete the survey,


Thank you in advance for your support and participation. We look forward to working with you to strengthen all after school programs.

Council on Accreditation (COA)
120 Wall Street, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10005
212.797.3000 phone
212.797.1428 fax

Last Day To Register is August 1st!!!!

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

Effective Management Training


August 12th, 13th and 14th, 2008

Effective Management for Afterschool

Once again NJSACC is bringing the National Institute on Out-of-School Time from Wellesley, MA to NJ.

With funding provided by Federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended,(Title IV,Part B of No Child Left Behind) 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant funds awarded to the New Jersey Department of Education and NJ Department of Human Services, Division of Family Development as part of a Federal CCDF Block Grant Earmark.

When: Tuesday 8/12th, Wednesday 8/13th, & Thursday 8/15h

Where: First Baptist Church of Westfield,
170 Elm Street, Westfield, NJ 07090

Public Transit:
5 minute walk from Westfield, NJ Transit stop on Raritan Valley line.

$200 which includes continental breakfast, lunch and materials

Hotel Info:
Hotel fees are NOT included in registration fee.

Westfield, NJ Info:

Who should attend?

• New to the field Directors
• Experienced Directors
• Afterschool Coordinators
• 21st CCLC Project Directors
• Evaluators of afterschool programs

This training will focus on the administrative components of a quality afterschool program. Included will be effective systems to manage fiscal resources and administrative policies, evaluation and outcomes, workplace issues, strategies for recruitment and retention, staff development and training, ideas for building a family-responsive program, building a “learning organization,” leadership and management styles, and working collaboratively with schools and communities.

About the presenters

The presenters for this session work with the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST). For more than two decades, NIOST has been the national leader in providing highly interactive, research based training for directors and staff, school administrators, community leaders, and others committed to providing high quality afterschool programs for children and youth.

Ellen Clippinger, MS Ed is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of AYS, Inc., a not-for-profit youth-serving agency operating over 50 programs in a four-county area in the Indianapolis community. Ellen has been instrumental in piloting various types of programs to meet the needs of working parents-early childhood programs housed in school settings, wrap-around kindergarten programs within the school, as well as winter and spring breaks and summer camps. A summer camp devoted to arts education with a culminating final performance by the children and youth from the camp is now in its fourth season.

Susan O’Connor, MSW is an independent consultant, and has been working with the Davis Foundation to enhance afterschool programs in western Massachusetts. She is the coordinator for WestMOST Network, linking afterschool providers and western Massachusetts youth coalitions on advocacy to improve resources, quality, and sustainability of afterschool programs. She is also a partner in the Hasbro Summer Learning Initiative and the Building Assets project for program improvement.
Susan serves on the Executive Committee for the Massachusetts Afterschool Partnership and is working with MAP to build regional connections for the statewide network.

Susan was the Director of the Hampshire Educational Collaborative’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers in Northampton, Massachusetts. The Collaborative’s after school programs served 3,000 children and youth in 12 school-based community learning centers in a 3-county area. The resiliency research is the theoretical framework for the sites, and the mission is to build youth assets and provide learning supports. This includes major initiatives in linking to academic outcomes, social-emotional competence, and wellness.

Prior to working with the Collaborative, Susan was a Research Associate with the National Institute on Out-Of-School Time at Wellesley College for nine years, developing standards and continuous improvement tools for after school programs. She is an author of Advancing School-Age Child Care Quality (ASQ). She has also published papers on Resiliency and After School programs, Workforce Issues, Homework Assistance and Literacy Activities for after school programs.

Please call NJSACC at 908-789-0259 with any questions.
Registration form below.


Effective Management for Afterschool
Registration Form

Tue/Wed/Thu 8/12-8/14/08

Name: _________________________________________________________
(Last) (First) (M.I.)
Address: ___________________________________________(#)
Phone (Home): ________________________________ (Work): _______________

E-mail Address: ______________________________

Program Name: ______________________________________________________________

Program Address: ____________________________________________________________

Method of Payment: ( ) Check/Money Order ( ) Visa ( ) MasterCard ( ) P.O. – Please Attach Copy

Charge Card Account # __________/__________/__________/___________
Expiration Date _____/______

Signature/Name on Card __________________________________________

Zip Code attached to Credit Card ___________ Amount Paid ___________

Are you a 21st CCLC Grantee? Yes___ No___

Registration Information:
• Registration is limited
• Registrations must be received by August 1, 2008.
• Cancellations must be made by August 1, 2008.
• No refunds will be given after August 1, 2008, however, substitutions may be made at any time.

Register by:

FAX Complete the registration form and fax it to our secure fax line at
(908) 789-4237.

MAIL Complete the registration form and mail it to:

231 North Avenue West #363
Westfield, NJ 07090

Enclose a check or money order for the appropriate amount, made payable to NJSACC.

We also accept purchase orders.

Film Curriculum

Monday, July 28th, 2008

Summer Movies- prepare your program first!

Engage your youth this summer in the fun of reading and science with our latest curriculum for the new action-adventure movie Journey to the Center of the Earth, based on the classic novel by Jules Verne.

Using this curriculum, youth have the opportunity explore imaginative geologic adventures inside the Earth brought to life on the big screen, the fun of real world science, taking personal journeys, and much more! Download this free curriculum at

Susan Zingraf
Director of F.I.L.M.
Finding Inspiration in Literature & Movies
Heartland Truly Moving Pictures
P: 317.464.9405 | C: 317.201.0601 | F: 317.464.9409

Nominations Requested

Monday, July 28th, 2008

The after-school field is filled with dedicated professionals who give so much of themselves and their time to others.
Take a few minutes to nominate one for the School-Age NOTES Foundation Quest for Excellence Award, sponsored this year by the AfterSchool Professional Network.

This award is exclusively for frontline staff members who work directly with children daily in an after-school program. Nominees must have been employed in an after-school program for at least two years and work a minimum of 10 hours a week for a school-age-care program that meets five days a week. The application must be submitted by a supervisor, parent, board member or fellow teacher.

The recipient of the award gets a one-year membership to the National AfterSchool Association, paid registration and airfare to the annual conference and hotel accommodations for three nights in New Orleans.

To download a nomination form, go to
Nominations are due Nov. 1.
Contact Kathleen Hermes at
with any questions.

Search Institute Survey

Monday, July 28th, 2008

Search Institute’s Center for Spiritual Development
is conducting a world-wide survey on the spiritual development of youth between the ages of 12 and 25. We’re looking for youth in the United States who can participate in this survey, (along with youth from seven other countries). All youth who complete the survey will be entered in a drawing for the chance to win either a $25.00 or $50.00 Target gift card.

This new survey explores how young people think about and experience life. It asks questions pertaining to how they find meaning, purpose, and fulfillment in their life, how they think about their place in their family, community, and the world. We hope to include a wide range of young people in this survey, including those who do not consider themselves to be spiritual or religious.

If you are a parent of one or more young people in this age group, we would be delighted to have them participate in this study. Feel free to invite other parents you know to include their children. And if you are a young adult, ages 18 to 25, we would be pleased to have you participate as well.

To learn more about the survey and to volunteer your child/children (or yourself), please click on the link below:


If you have any questions about the survey or this email, please contact Angela Hackel at

Thank you for your support, and have a great day.

Search Institute
P.S. Please feel free to forward this information to others you think would be interested in this survey.

Search Institute
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