Archive for September, 2009

Governor Corzine Announces New Crime Prevention and Community Building Initiatives

Monday, September 28th, 2009
Governor Corzine Announces New Crime Prevention and Community Building Initiatives to Keep at-risk Children in School

New Jersey First State to a Launch ‘Promise Communities’ Initiative in Pilot Cities of Newark

and Camden; Newark National Pilot Site for ‘Bold Approach’ Initiative Using Private Funds

NEWARK

For Immediate Release:
Date: September 28, 2009

Governor Jon S. Corzine today unveiled two new initiatives aimed at strengthening school and community programming for children at-risk of being recruited and victimized by violent street gangs. The programs – ‘Promise Communities’ and ‘Bold Approach’ – are designed to keep children in school and on a path to college and a career.

The Governor made the announcement during a visit to the Quitman Street School in Newark. He was joined by Geoff Canada CEO of Harlem Children’s Zone, Dr. Pedro Noguera, co-founder of Bold Approach, Attorney General Anne Milgram, Education Commissioner Lucille Davy, Secretary of State Nina Mitchell Wells, Newark Mayor Cory Booker and Dr. Clifford Janey, Newark schools superintendent.

“Today we are reaffirming our efforts to clear a path where every child, regardless of economic status, can realize their full potential and lead healthy, happy, productive lives because being born in poverty should not be a life sentence,” Governor Corzine said. “We need to fortify the promises we make to our children about bright futures that lie ahead by ensuring that they have the opportunities to succeed in school and the ability to build a better life for themselves, their families and their communities. ‘Promise Communities’ and ‘Bold Approach’ are innovative and evidence-based initiatives that will help to build better futures by raising standards, lifting expectations, and by ensuring that supports are there to meet those goals.”

‘Promise Communities’ is a pilot project that is being launched in Newark and Camden. The approach is modeled after the Harlem Children’s Zone, which started with a single city block in Harlem and now encompasses 97, addresses the full range of challenges poor families face, from crumbling apartments and failing schools to crime and health problems. From birth to college, the program weaves interlocking services into a cohesive safety net for an entire neighborhood.

“We are pleased to be working with Governor Corzine and our neighbors in New Jersey as we do our best to share the lessons and examples from our experience in Harlem,” said Geoff Canada, CEO of Harlem Children’s Zone. “Combating urban poverty and changing the odds for children living in cities such as Newark and Camden is not easy work, but it is work that we must be doing.  Governor Corzine’s commitment to this issue makes us proud to be part of this ‘Promise Communities’ effort.”

As part of the pilot process, two non-profit neighborhood organizations, one in Camden and one from Newark, will be selected competitively to engage in an intensive planning process, with technical assistance from the Harlem Children’s Zone, to develop a strategic plan to help children in school and on through college. It will be supported by a $24,000 grant from the Attorney General’s Office and the Juvenile Justice Commission.

“Geoffrey Canada is a leading advocate and expert on programs for community-building and educating youth with an incredible track record of success,” said Secretary of State Nina Mitchell Wells.  “Mr. Canada’s programs are some of the best examples of the power of public private collaboration in the promotion of academic excellence.   He is unwavering in his pledge to ensure the opportunity for a college education for all students, particularly those in urban areas. I am so pleased that he will be offering his experience and expertise to us and our partners in Newark and Camden.”

The second initiative, ‘Bold Approach,’ is a research-based school reform model developed by Dr. Pedro Noguera of New York University. It is based on the premise that schools do not succeed without strong community connections. The City of Newark will serve as the nation’s first pilot site for the ‘Bold Approach,’ which will be focused on Central High School and its five feeder schools.

“Newark is poised to embark upon a major initiative to reform its public schools that could serve as a model for urban schools across New Jersey and the nation,” Dr. Noguera remarked.  “This Bolder Approach to School Reform will provide students with basic social services, create academic systems to train teachers in the most effective instructional practices and build a pipeline for students to college and jobs.  This initiative is designed to lay the foundation for transformation to make Newark’s public schools great.”

“Under the leadership and support of Governor Corzine, Newark Public Schools will be the first to participate in what is a broader and bolder approach to school reform,” said Newark Mayor Cory Booker. “This project will provide more resources for Newark’s at-risk youth so they can achieve academic excellence. I’m very proud that Central High School and 5 other schools, including the Quitman Street School were selected for this project.  I thank the Ford Foundation, NYU and all the partners involved in this initiative working to make Newark a model for education reform.”

The program, supported by a $220,000 grant from the Ford Foundation, is geared toward strengthening the connection between school curriculum and available employment opportunities, increasing coordination with health and social service programs, and after-school activities.

“These initiatives are designed to support every student and his or her family so the student will be college and work ready,” stated Newark Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Clifford B. Janey.

“Supporting the student, means that there must be adequate education and social services combined with economic and community engagement.”

‘Bold Approach’ also recognizes the importance of high quality early childhood and pre-school programs, after-school and summer programs, and programs that engage parents in their children’s learning.

“Education can be one of the best antidotes to crime,” said Education Commissioner Lucille E. Davy. “When children are focused on succeeding in school and on their long-term goals, they are more likely to graduate from high school and to have career and postsecondary education options in the future. Helping students to see the importance of staying in school is one of the most important things we can do as educators and adults.”

The two initiatives announced today are part of the prevention component of  Governor Corzine’s Strategy for Safe Streets and Neighborhoods, a comprehensive anti-crime plan unveiled two years ago to battle violent crime through more aggressive law enforcement, prevention programs aimed at at-risk youth, and re-entry programs for convicted offenders leaving prison.

Attorney General Anne Milgram said, “The core principle of the Governor’s Strategy for Safe Streets and Neighborhoods is that we support programs that work – whether that means targeting our law enforcement resources against the most violent criminals, drug traffickers, gun runners and street gangs, or supporting crime prevention programs that provide at-risk youth the support they need to reject a life of crime. Geoff Canada and Pedro Noguera have created programs that work, programs that will make a significant difference in our fight against crime.”

Governor Corzine added, “Make no mistake – this effort will take a lot of hard work, planning, and leadership. More importantly, it will require a vision for a brighter future for every child and every family. Our children deserve nothing less.”

“Precaution, Preparedness & Peace of Mind”

Friday, September 25th, 2009

No this is not a new way to relax  but ithis is a wonderful resource.
I have supported this organization for over 25 years…in fact any questions on Head Lice control email me and I can walk you thru your screening and prevention plan!

Diane Genco
Executive Director
NJSACC: the Network fro New Jersey’s afterschool Communities

HEAD LICE again!

The National Pediculosis Association [NPA] announces its 2009-2010 Back to School Campaign “Precaution, Preparedness & Peace of Mind” to further equip parents, teachers, and children with educational resources available through their Web site, www.headlice.org. The NPA continues to provide clear and safe information to protect against the misinformation that is proliferated online, and respond to the tragic reality that our children’s health and safety is being put at risk by unnecessary exposures to pesticides.

“We must empower everyone with clear and up-to-date information so they make informed decisions,” says Deborah Altschuler, president and co-founder of the NPA. “There is no need to panic and subject children to harmful chemicals with life-threatening side effects.”

Now in its 26th year, the NPA is the leading voice of head lice prevention. The NPA promotes:

  • routine screening
  • early detection
  • thorough removal of head lice and nits without the use of harmful chemicals or pesticides.

As parents and children prepare for the 2009-2010 academic school year, the NPA strongly advocates for the early screening of head lice and nits with safe and healthy tools demonstrated to keep children nit and anxiety free. Through their Web site, www.headlice.org, parents, teachers, children, and other concerned adults have access to the news, the science, tools, and downloads designed to embody and support the message for “Precaution, Preparedness & Peace of Mind”.

“For most of us the thought of pesticides on our fruits and vegetables is unacceptable. Yet, putting pesticides on our children has become acceptable. This makes no sense,” says Altschuler. “We want parents to know they have options, feel confident about their decisions, and be careful about the information they take off of the internet. NPA is here to help.”

“The NPA presents data in a methodical and thoughtful manner,” adds David R. Brown, Sc.D., a public health toxicologist and 25-year supporter of the NPA. “They were the first to take on head lice issues, and you can trust what they’re saying to be accurate.”

About The National Pediculosis Association
Founded in 1983, The National Pediculosis Association®, Inc. (NPA) is the only non-profit health and education agency dedicated to protecting children from the misuse and abuse of potentially harmful lice and scabies pesticide treatments. The NPA works to encourage the nation’s health and child care professionals to adopt standardized head lice management programs in an effort to keep children in school lice and nit free. For additional information, please visit www.headlice.org.

Thanks for the memories!

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

NJSACC Conference photos ON-LINE from last year!

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

Can you find you or your staff in any of these albums?

Click on the links below to see if  you can find yourself in any of the photos from the conference-oh and don’t forget to come to the conference this year!


ALBUM #1

ALBUM #2

Celebrate Afterschool! CLICK HERE TO LEARN ABOUT THIS YEAR”S CONFERENCE

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Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009
NJSACC: The Network for New Jersey’s Afterschool Communities is on Facebook

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Dover Student Discount Day at Children’s Museum

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Great idea! Is there a museum in your community?
What a great   deal to take the all day vacation care   program to a museum that day.

Contact your local museum to see  if this program is possible in the future?
Perhaps your program and the local museum could partner and co-write a grant!

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Dover Student Discount Day at Children?s Museum

On Friday, September 25th from 10am to 5pm the Community Children’s Museum is inviting Dover Students to the museum for a $1 off of admission price for Dover Students Discount Day.
School is out for the day so come on over and play.
At 10:30am there will be a special guest from the Dover Area Historical Society who will share amazing pictures, stories and facts about the town of Dover, NJ.

Students and their families can also explore Nancy’s Lake House exhibit which is an unique toddler area where children can play in a delightful small house as well as a make-believe lake and live fish tank. Van Gogh?s Bedroom is a larger-than-life replica of the painting that visitors can actually walk into and go back to the 1880’s to learn about his life! John Glenn’s Space Capsule let?s young space explorers climb in to travel the universe. Budding scientists can see how electricity is generated, conducted and used to run everyday machines at the Electricity Without the Shock Exhibit. The Art Studio has clay for children to sculpt a portrait, a plexi-glass to draw on and an oversized felt face to make a “funny-head”. The Theatre is full of whimsical dress-up clothes and a curtained stage with a TV where children can see their own performances.

The Community Children’s Museum is a non-profit organization where children can explore and learn through hands-on fun in art, science and world cultures.
The Museum’s hours are Thursday thru Saturday 10am to 5pm and good for children 6 months and older.
Regular admission price is $5 for all 6 months or older and $4 for seniors. Field trips and groups can be scheduled anytime.

Funding has been made possible in part by the Arts Council of the Morris Area through the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.
For more information call (973) 366-9060 or visit www.communitychildrensmuseum.org