Archive for November, 2008

Celebrate Afterschool ! Outdoors in the Garden State Video!

Monday, November 17th, 2008

Check out the new video Celebrate Afterschool!  Outdoors in the Garden State

Our special thanks to the:
After School Program
South Orange /Maplewood

The Plainfield YMCA

Kids Corner

for their help in making this video .


Celebrate Afterschool! Outdoors in the Garden State Announced

Monday, November 17th, 2008

Campaign To Improve Afterschool Programs Uses Nature

As A Teaching Tool

PRINCETON, NEW JERSEY November 14, 2008 –New Jersey School -Age Care Coalition (NJSACC) kicks off their newest campaign – Celebrate Afterschool! Outdoors in the Garden State — and it captures the attention of afterschool providers and policy makers across the state. They join for a special event and reception Friday, November 14th at The Marriott Princeton Hotel and Conference Center at Forrestal.

Led by a public-private partnership that includes the Department of Education, the Department of Human Services , Department of Children and Families and the Secretary of State and NJ After 3, the campaign is building public, private and political support for high quality affordable afterschool programs.

By highlighting children and nature, The Celebrate Afterschool campaign will act as a catalyst to forge new alliances with environmental organizations, parks and child advocacy groups and strengthen traditional partnerships with schools, businesses, community organizations and policymakers.

“Too often, afterschool programs are seen as babysitting by parents and policy makers,. That way of thinking misses an enormous opportunity to help students grow intellectually, emotionally and socially,” says Diane Genco, executive director of NJSACC.

NJSACC is part of a growing national movement to rethink afterschool programs. Educators and policymakers fear that implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act has led to more focus on academic test scores and less focus on creativity which ultimately leads to a more expansive way of thinking. In order for students to achieve long-term goals and objectives, they strongly urge everyone to think beyond the traditional school day

Lucille E. Davy, New Jersey Education Commissioner agrees with this approach. “In order to prepare students to be successful, productive citizens in the competitive 21st Century global economy, we need to provide them with rigorous academic programs and opportunities to develop social and problem-solving skills.  For many children, the school experience alone does not fill all those needs, and afterschool programs play a critical role in their lives” said Ms. Davy.

Higher levels of attendance in out-of school-time programs have been correlated to scholastic achievement, improved school attendance, quality homework time and better student behavior. Beyond academics, a ten-year study conducted by the Harvard Family Research Project, reported that participation in afterschool programs is associated with increased self-esteem and lower levels of depression and anxiety.

Celebrate Afterschool will culminate during the week of May 11 with a week of outdoor activities that introduce communities to their local afterschool programs.  Children in  New Brunswick will plant a traditional ethnic vegetable garden. In other communities, children may build fairy houses, create environmental art and make their own kites. Activities will be open to the public.

“People assume that bringing kids outdoors teaches them to be better stewards of the environment, but it does much more. Kids learn about biology by playing with bugs. They use geometry to plant flowers. They learn to work as teams to tackle large scale projects that might not fit inside. We want to demonstrate the enormous potential of afterschool to help children learn in fun and nontraditional ways,” says Genco.

Genco hopes that the campaign will increase interest in a support for high quality afterschool programs. NJSACC is also planning events to involve legislators and business leaders in the campaign.

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About Celebrate Afterschool

Celebrate Afterschool! Outdoors in the Garden State is NJSACC’s campaign to build lasting public support for affordable, high quality afterschool programs across New Jersey. Led by a public-private partnership and funded in part by the Charles Stuart Mott Foundation, the campaign builds public awareness and support; offers guidance for parents, providers and advocates; strengthens relationships with policymakers, funders, practitioners and parents, and shares best practices.

NJSACC, the Network for New Jersey’s Afterschool Communities, is a statewide organization that offers technical assistance, training, and support to help New Jersey’s afterschool community thrive. Founded in 1982, NJSACC works locally and statewide.

Great Science For Girls

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

Explore the new Great Science for Girls (GSG) website at CLICK HERE

What’s new:

*      We changed our design, reorganized the layout, added content, and simplified the site’s navigation.

*      We assembled a wide range of resources, literature, and research to assist in discussions with funders, community members, and other stakeholders regarding girls and science.

*      We’ve added to the list of evidence-based curriculum that deliver positive outcomes and success in stimulating girls’ interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) subjects and instilling self-confidence in their abilities.

Our goal is to make the GSG website a valuable resource for afterschool program directors, practitioners, parents, intermediaries, and researchers.  We invite you to visit the new GSG website at CLICK HERE and they welcome your feedback and comments.

Free Group Program Photos at Conference!

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008


NJSACC is extending PHOTO Opportunity into Saturday!

You and your staff are invited

to have a

Group Program  Photo  taken at the conference!

 On Friday:
Go to Showcase Alley and NJSACC’s photographer will take a photo with the Giant OUTDOORS IN THE GARDEN STATE Postcard-

On Saturday:
A table will be set up for photos  in the Registration Area , look for the giant OUTDOORS IN THE GARDEN STATE Postcard!
NJSACC will:

  • email  the photo to your program
  • and include a  press release for your local  newspaper!


Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

in afterschool and summer programs.

Get in on the ground floor of a national movement to develop leaders in the growing field of afterschool and summer learning by earning a graduate certificate in Out-of-School-Time Leadership from the Johns Hopkins University School of Education.

Online classes and a flexible, part-time schedule make it possible for busy professionals to complete the 15-credit certificate program in as little as a year.

Students can earn the certificate as a stand-alone, post-baccalaureate program or combine it with another JHU graduate certificate program to complete a master’s degree in education.

The application deadline has been extended to Dec. 12, so there is still time to apply for the 2009 class. And please pass this information on to others who would benefit from this unique program.

Get more information or apply. CLICK HERE

Financial aid is available and many school districts offer partial tuition remission for eligible employees. Find out about financial aid.

To learn more, contact Carolyn Strickland at  410-516-0375 or email