Archive for January, 2009

FUNDING FOR AFTERSCHOOL—SUPPORT THE STIMULUS PACKAGE! TODAY!!!!

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009
FUNDING FOR AFTERSCHOOL—SUPPORT THE STIMULUS PACKAGE
President Obama’s stimulus package includes new opportunities for afterschool funding, including two billion dollars for the child care development block grant. Your senators and representatives need to hear that you support it!
Please use the sample letter below to email your congress members as soon as possible. Don’t forget to add their names in the  appropriate spaces.
To get the names and contact information for your senators and congressional  representatives:    

  • go to www.njsacc.org
  • Click  on Advocate for Afterschool
  • Click on Communicating with Policymakers
  • Follow the simple directions

LETTER TO REPRESENTATIVE
Date
Honorable [Name]
[Title]
[Address]
City, State, Zip
Dear Representative (fill in name):
I’m writing to urge you to help New Jersey’s children and families by supporting the President’s economic stimulus package.  The proposed package helps New Jersey by increasing funding for afterschool programs through a $2 billion increase in the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG). Afterschool programs are essential to keep kids safe, inspire them to learn and support working families.
Especially in today’s tough economy families are relying on afterschool supports as they work to keep their jobs, take on more hours, or struggle to afford basic necessities for their children.  Parents with afterschool care are more productive at work, less stressed and miss fewer days.  Their children do better in school and are more likely to graduate. But now some can no longer afford afterschool programs, or the cost to transport kids to programs.  Meanwhile-just when families need their support most-programs are being forced to reduce services, increase fees or even shut their doors.  Many of these programs provide not only academic enrichment, but also breakfast, snacks and even a hot supper.  It is imperative that these supports, relied on by so many, not only function but also respond to growing demands.
Specifically supporting the President’s economic recovery package provides an increase of $2 billion for the Child Care and Development Block Grant, about a third of which supports participation in afterschool programs for children kindergarten through eighth grade.  This increase will translate into more than $30,000,000 additional dollars for New Jersey.  These funds would represent a critical boost for an industry that provides over $2.5 billion and 65,300 jobs to the New Jersey economy according to a 2006 study by the National Economic Development and Law Center.
There are many other components of the President’s package that also positively impact the Afterschool community such as increases in Title I funding, expansion of the afterschool supper program, increases in TANF funding, increases in school construction funds and the $79 billion for a State Stabilization fund that will help New Jersey maintain its significant investments in afterschool. 
Please help us protect and support the programs that are so vital to the success of our  families and children by supporting President Obama’s economic stimulus package.
Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Title]


 
[Your organization’s letterhead]
LETTER TO SENATORS
Date
Honorable [Name]
[Title]
[Address]
City, State, Zip
Dear Senator [Name]:
I’m writing to urge you to help New Jersey’s children and families by supporting the President’s economic stimulus package.  The proposed package helps New Jersey by increasing funding for afterschool programs through a $2 billion increase in the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG). Afterschool programs are essential to keep kids safe, inspire them to learn and support working families.
Especially in today’s tough economy families are relying on afterschool supports as they work to keep their jobs, take on more hours, or struggle to afford basic necessities for their children.  Parents with afterschool care are more productive at work, less stressed and miss fewer days.  Their children do better in school and are more likely to graduate. But now some can no longer afford afterschool programs, or the cost to transport kids to programs.  Meanwhile-just when families need their support most-programs are being forced to reduce services, increase fees or even shut their doors.  Many of these programs provide not only academic enrichment, but also breakfast, snacks and even a hot supper.  It is imperative that these supports, relied on by so many, not only function but also respond to growing demands.
Specifically supporting the President’s economic recovery package provides an increase of $2 billion for the Child Care and Development Block Grant, about a third of which supports participation in afterschool programs for children kindergarten through eighth grade.  This increase will translate into more than $30,000,000 additional dollars for New Jersey.  These funds would represent a critical boost for an industry that provides over $2.5 billion and 65,300 jobs to the New Jersey economy according to a 2006 study by the National Economic Development and Law Center.
There are many other components of the President’s package that also positively impact the Afterschool community such as increases in Title I funding, expansion of the afterschool supper program, increases in TANF funding, increases in school construction funds and the $79 billion for a State Stabilization fund that will help New Jersey maintain its significant investments in afterschool. 
Please help us protect and support the programs that are so vital to the success of our  families and children by supporting President Obama’s economic stimulus package.
Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Title]
 

Do you serve Peanut Butter snacks? RECALL! PLEASE READ!

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

Please read the information below and go to the website to check  the snacks served and the check those lunchboxes!
NJ has 19 reported cases to date!
Some items are:
CLIF and Luna bars with Peanut Butter, Keebler Cheese & Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers  see link below fro more products.

January 19, 2009:

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is conducting a very active and dynamic investigation into the source of the Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak.

At this time, the FDA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state partners have traced sources of Salmonella Typhimurium contamination to a plant owned by Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), which manufactures peanut butter and peanut paste—a concentrated product consisting of ground, roasted peanuts—that are both distributed
to food manufacturers to be used as an ingredient in many commercially produced products including:

*cakes
*cookies
*crackers
*candies
*cereal
*ice cream

In addition, PCA peanut butter is distributed to and institutionally served in such settings as long-term care facilities and cafeterias.

For Consumers

FDA has created a searchable list of products and brands associated with the expanded PCA recall.
This list is available on the FDA website at:
http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/peanutbutterrecall/index.cfm

and will be updated on a regular basis as additional sub recalls occur and information is received by FDA from the industry.

Because identification of products subject to recall is continuing, the FDA urges consumers to first visit FDA’s website to determine if commercially-prepared or manufactured peanut butter/peanut paste-containing products (such as cookies, crackers, cereal, candy and ice cream) are subject to recall.
If consumers do not find the product of interest on FDA’s website they may wish to call the toll-free number listed on most food packaging or visit the company’s website.

If consumers cannot determine if their peanut butter, peanut butter/peanut paste-containing products or institutionally-served peanut butter may contain PCA peanut butter/peanut paste, we recommend that they do not consume those products. Efforts to specifically identify products subject to the PCA recall and to continuously update consumers are ongoing.

Do not eat products that have been recalled and throw them away in a manner that prevents others from eating them.

Persons who think they may have become ill from eating peanut butter are advised to consult their health care providers.


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A letter from Barack Obama

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

A letter from Barack Obama appeared in Sunday’s PARADE MAGAZINE .
This is an amazing time in history.
Please take a moment to read this letter and think about the incredible job you all are doing.
You and your peers , (each day after school, before school, on those long full days of school vacations and summer) are helping to grow our future nation. You can not do it alone!

‘What I Want for You — and Every Child
in America’

By President-elect Barack Obama
Publication Date: 01/14/2009 PARADE MAGAZINE

On Tuesday, Barack Obama will be sworn in as our 44th President. On this historic occasion, PARADE asked the President-elect, who is also a devoted family man, to get personal and tell us what he wants for his children. Here, he shares his letter to them.

Dear Malia and Sasha,

I know that you’ve both had a lot of fun these last two years on the campaign trail, going to picnics and parades and state fairs, eating all sorts of junk food your mother and I probably shouldn’t have let you have. But I also know that it hasn’t always been easy for you and Mom, and that as excited as you both are about that new puppy, it doesn’t make up for all the time we’ve been apart. I know how much I’ve missed these past two years, and today I want to tell you a little more about why I decided to take our family on this journey.

When I was a young man, I thought life was all about me-about how I’d make my way in the world, become successful, and get the things I want. But then the two of you came into my world with all your curiosity and mischief and those smiles that never fail to fill my heart and light up my day. And suddenly, all my big plans for myself didn’t seem so important anymore. I soon found that the greatest joy in my life was the joy I saw in yours. And I realized that my own life wouldn’t count for much unless I was able to ensure that you had every opportunity for happiness and fulfillment in yours. In the end, girls, that’s why I ran for President: because of what I want for you and for every child in this nation.

I want all our children to go to schools worthy of their potential-schools that challenge them, inspire them, and instill in them a sense of wonder about the world around them. I want them to have the chance to go to college-even if their parents aren’t rich. And I want them to get good jobs: jobs that pay well and give them benefits like health care, jobs that let them spend time with their own kids and retire with dignity.

I want us to push the boundaries of discovery so that you’ll live to see new technologies and inventions that improve our lives and make our planet cleaner and safer. And I want us to push our own human boundaries to reach beyond the divides of race and region, gender and religion that keep us from seeing the best in each other.

Sometimes we have to send our young men and women into war and other dangerous situations to protect our country-but when we do, I want to make sure that it is only for a very good reason, that we try our best to settle our differences with others peacefully, and that we do everything possible to keep our servicemen and women safe. And I want every child to understand that the blessings these brave Americans fight for are not free-that with the great privilege of being a citizen of this nation comes great responsibility.

Sasha (l) and Malia Obama at play in New Hampshire in 2007.

That was the lesson your grandmother tried to teach me when I was your age, reading me the opening lines of the Declaration of Independence and telling me about the men and women who marched for equality because they believed those words put to paper two centuries ago should mean something.

She helped me understand that America is great not because it is perfect but because it can always be made better-and that the unfinished work of perfecting our union falls to each of us. It’s a charge we pass on to our children, coming closer with each new generation to what we know America should be.

I hope both of you will take up that work, righting the wrongs that you see and working to give others the chances you’ve had. Not just because you have an obligation to give something back to this country that has given our family so much-although you do have that obligation. But because you have an obligation to yourself. Because it is only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you will realize your true potential.

These are the things I want for you-to grow up in a world with no limits on your dreams and no achievements beyond your reach, and to grow into compassionate, committed women who will help build that world. And I want every child to have the same chances to learn and dream and grow and thrive that you girls have. That’s why I’ve taken our family on this great adventure.

I am so proud of both of you. I love you more than you can ever know. And I am grateful every day for your patience, poise, grace, and humor as we prepare to start our new life together in the White House.

Love, Dad

NJSACC Conference photos ON-LINE

Saturday, January 17th, 2009


NJSACC’s Annual Conference was held November 14 and 15, 2008
at the
Marriott Princeton Hotel and Conference Center at Forrestal.

This year’s theme was

Outdoors in the Garden State

It was a amazing event-the staff and Board  work 10 months to prepare for those 2 days!

Click on the links below to see if  you can find yourself in any of the photos from the conference:

ALBUM #1

ALBUM #2

REPOST -PLEASE HELP US OUT!

Friday, January 16th, 2009

Please help us out!

 NJSACC needs your help. 

The Program in Science Learning in the School of Biological and Environmental Sciences at Rutgers University currently offers a minor and certificate program in Professional Youth Work and Development. They are seeking your help in guiding future directions for this program.

We ask that you please respond to the following survey.  It will help us to move the field forward.
Any information you can provide is greatly appreciated. We ask you to complete as soon as possible.

CLICK HERE FOR SURVEY