Archive for September, 2008

Conference Update

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

 Outdoors in The Garden State

We have 318 folks registered as of today.

The following Workshops are closed:





Do not be closed out-

Reminder for Presenters you need to register also !  Any Presenter questions email

General conference questions or  registration email:

Childhood has changed

Sunday, September 28th, 2008

Kids today build internet sites instead of constructing forts in the woods. Music piped into earphones has replaced listening for the sounds of bird calls and frog croaks. Cell phones and emails are more efficient than two cups on a string or flashlight signals. Childhood has changed.

Unstructured play outside – child-centered, exploratory, imaginative play – is important for wholesome, balanced development of cognitive, emotional, social, and physical aptitude. Research has demonstrated that outdoor play helps children manage stress and become resilient. Natural spaces stimulate children’s limitless imaginations and foster creativity and children who connect with nature may be more inventive and better problem solvers due to the hands-on learning that the outdoors provides.

Young people who grow up spending time in nature are also more likely to be strong advocates for the environment when they reach voting age. This is important to ensure that the land, water and wildlife legacy we as a nation have spent the last 200 years working to conserve continues to benefit future generations.

As kids have settled in to a sedentary lifestyle, their physical, mental and emotional health has suffered:

* The percentage of obese youths has tripled in the last decade.
* A child is 6 times more likely to play a video game on a typical day than to ride a bike, according to surveys by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the CDC.
* Almost 50% of 4- to 6-year olds have TVS in their bedrooms.  And after age 8, “screen time” – TV plus computers and other electronic media – soared to 6.5 hours a day, on average.

Source: The Children & Nature Network

The NJSACC Annual Afterschool Conference “Outdoors in the Garden State“  is addressing the issue of “Nature Deficit Disorder”. When you select your workshops, keep the above focus in mind.
Childhood has changed-what is your role as an afterschool professional ?

At the Friday  afternoon Reception , NJSACC will be launching our campaign – Celebrate Afterschool: Outdoors in The Garden State.

This  campaign is to promote more and better afterschool and to link it with children’s experience outdoors. This celebration will bring afterschool programs outside and connect them with their communities through meaningful and fun programs and activities-from planting gardens to designing playgrounds.There will be opportunities for local afterschool programs, community leaders, parents, schools, environmental groups and others to build new partnerships on behalf of children.

So when you register please stay for the Friday  reception.Check off the Reception box on the registration form.
There will be giveaways, great food and music to help us launch: Celebrate Afterschool: Outdoors in the Garden State

We have over 250 folks registered so far! Register for the conference ASAP!


Any questions regarding the conference contact Jessica Heiberg at NJSACC’s office @ 908.789.0259 .

A Walking School Bus

Saturday, September 27th, 2008

A Walking School Bus
is a group of children walking to and from school with one or more adults. It can be as informal as two families walking together. Or, it can be more formally structured with an established walking route, meeting points (stops), timetable and schedule of trained parent volunteers or walking bus “drivers” who can take turns during the week to share responsibility. If you are interested in hosting a free* walking school bus training workshop in your community, the following information will help you understand what you will be learning and what you need to provide.

About the Walking School Bus Training:

This is training that is specific to developing a walking school bus. We will cover:
•    How to start your own Walking School Bus Program
•    How to plan walking school bus routes, including a field exercise on conducting walkability assessments
•    Volunteer recruitment & training
•    Promoting the program and registering kids
•    Evaluation

By the end of this training, participants will have the tools to be able to plan and organize an effective Walking School Bus program in their own communities.

What you will need:

Those interested in hosting a walking school bus training event must provide:
•    12-30 participants in an event open to the region if not the entire state
•    A location within a school targeted to have a walking school bus (or a nearby facility).
•    The facility should have the ability to host a PowerPoint presentation and be able to sit 12-30 people comfortably
•    Student Addresses (names withheld) in an electronic format (spreadsheet)for the route planning exercise
•    Crossing guard locations and hours
•    An agreement between the municipality and the school that both parties support the program and will be involved

•    Provide refreshments and childcare
•    Addresses and schedules for volunteers
•    Addresses for children who are already interested

For More Information Please Contact:
Leigh Ann Von Hagen at or (732) 932-6812 ext. 613

225 Registered Already-Do Not Be Closed Out!

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008


NJSACC’s Annual Conference will be held November 14 and 15, 2008 at the Marriott Princeton Hotel and Conference Center at Forrestal. This year’s theme is Outdoors in the Garden State.

The conference offers over 60 workshops to choose from that cover a wide variety of topics such as licensing, program management, activities, safety, health, nutrition and behavior.

Who should attend: afterschool directors – new and experienced, frontline staff, 21st Century programs, principals, faith based organizations, evaluators of afterschool programs.
Conference Fees

Members: $236 / 2 days $136 / 1 day
Non-Members: $271 / 2 days $171 / 1 day
Fee includes conference materials, continental breakfast and lunch and Friday Evening Reception

Conference Location at :
The Marriott Princeton Hotel and Conference Center at Forrestal (Formerly the Doral)
100 College Road East, Princeton, NJ 08540


Room Rates: $149 per night. Room reservations must be made by individual attendees directly with Marriott reservations at (800) 228-9290 or (609) 452-7800.

You may fax your registration in without payment -Payment or PO is due on October 31,2008.
Conference Registration last day is Friday, October 31,2008.  Remember if conference is full to capacity, NJSACC will close registration earlier!

Room reservations must be made on or before Friday, October 31, 2008. When you call make sure to mention the NJSACC Conference and the dates of the conference in order to receive the conference rate.

225 Registered Already! Do Not be Closed Out!

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008


Register early-do not be closed out this year!

To dowload program :


Fax in your registrations today!  Payment or PO needs to be received by October 31st,2008.