Archive for February, 2010

21st CCLC Grant Application Now Available! $$$$$$$

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Dear Colleagues,

Please forward this information to your programs or committees as appropriate.
This NGO  (Notice of Grant Opportunity) is for  the development of a comprehensive afterschool program open to :

*Charter Schools
* CBOs (Community Based Organizations)
* FBOs ( Faith Based Organizations)
* for-profit
* non-profit entities.

Applicants are required to select and design their program around one of the following four themes to promote cross-content integration and application of skills. :

* Technology
* Engineering
* Math (STEM)
* Career Awareness and Exploration
* Civic Engagement
* Visual and Performing Arts


The New Jersey Department of Education is pleased to announce the release of the
21st Century Community Learning Center-Competitive-Cohort 7-Year 1/5 Notice of Grant Opportunity.
A copy of the application can be downloaded at the DOE Website:

Haydee Y. Perez-Livingston, MSW

Coordinator, Extended Educational Services Unit

Office of Educational Support Services

New Jersey Department of Education

100 River View Plaza

P.O Box 500

Trenton, NJ 08625

609-341-3394 (w)

609-633-9655 (f)


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Natural Teachers Network Launched! Join Today!

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

Every teacher can be a natural teacher

NJSACC  is a partner of the Children and Nature Network.

The Children and Nature Network has just launched  a network that is a perfect fit  for us
afterschool folk who brave the elements and take kids outdoors!

See below and  see if you want to be part of a national movement .
It does not cost a penny-but the return is great!

Did you know?

Children’s classroom behavior is better if they have recess

School gardens positively impact children’s learning and behavior

Natural views from high school positively impact students’ academic achievement and behavior

When educators connect children and nature—learning happens! From schoolyard gardens to community-based outdoor projects, classroom and home school teachers and non-formal educators are using the natural world as a powerful learning environment—whether the subject is biology, writing, art, or any other.

We at the Children & Nature Network are taking notice and want to do our part to encourage, support and honor these “Natural Teachers.”
That’s why we are starting the Natural Teachers Network (NTN), initially a web-based place for educators to gather and share stories, lesson ideas, and experiences in connecting children with nature. The NTN will provide a home for Natural Teachers as they network with their peers and share both successes and challenges of taking students outside for natural learning

Please join us.

Whether you are a Natural Teacher in schools, parks, nonprofit organizations, or government agencies, or someone who wants to learn more about the process, we invite you to join the Natural Teachers Network today. By joining, you will find support for your efforts, through teacher-to-teacher connections and sharing. Additionally, we plan to provide a Natural Teachers toolkit, with resources that will help you continue to act on your conviction that “nature is often the best teacher.”

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About C&NN

If you are not familiar with the Children & Nature Network or would like to get an update on the movement, please go to and be sure to click through to the Natural Teachers Network registration page and the social networking Ning site, with hundreds of members with diverse backgrounds around the globe. Be sure to browse all the unique Groups that have been established on the social networking site, and all of the places where discussions and sharing of ideas are taking place.

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Mini Grant Deadline Extended!

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

NJSACC has extended the deadline for the Mini Grants to Tuesday March 2, 2010!  You still have time to get them in!  We’ve had numerous calls about what is allowable under this grant.  Below is a list of items that we have put together to give you some guidance in what you might apply for:

  • Secure shelving or storage cabinets for storage activity materials
  • Age appropriate furniture (chairs, tables)
  • Age appropriate materials for activities
  • Family information centers to display license, sign in/out sheets, pertinent information for families
  • Refrigerators for snack and/or small locked refrigerator for storage of medication
  • Locked boxes for storage of medication
  • Water fountains for clean drinking water
  • Locking file cabinets for storing records of the children
  • Facility improvement (chipping paint, fixing ceiling or floor tiles, fixing electrical issues, lighting issues, fixing bathroom facilities)

Unfortunately, you cannot apply for projects that have already been completed, training or any environmental testing.

Grants -BACK TO BASICS $$$$$$$$

NJSACC is going back to the basics this year.
There will be 10 grants of $2,500 available to school-age programs that are licensed through the Department of Children and Families Office of Licensing to help programs focus on licensing standards.
Grant funding must be used to either correct licensing issues or help to maintain licensing standards and should improve health, safety, environment and/or physical facilities.

Programs that submit a Mini-Grant Application will qualify to participate in the grant’s competitive process.
Please download all the forms below to apply.
Make sure that you carefully read all the information and fill out all the forms completely before submitting your application!

Here are the forms:

Funding provided by the NJ Department of Human Services, Division of Family Development as part of a Federal CCDF Block Grant Earmark


Need Training Hours? Training $$$ tight?

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

In trainings and meetings, are you seeing staff rolling their eyes, snapping their gum, cutting out coupons, texting, filing nails, putting on makeup, listening to their ipod, sleeping, sidebar conversation or saying “WE TRIED THAT, IT DOESN’T WORK”?

Do you need some fresh ideas?  Is training in a rut?

Learn to create trainings, design effective staff meetings and professional development for staff that will engage and excite.

In this workshop, we will:

  • Develop trainings in topics relevant to your program needs. (PRESCRIPTIVE TRAINING)
  • Tried and true techniques that promote conversation, creative thinking and motivate staff to take action.
  • Learn to develop trainings that will count towards licensing hours required by the Office of Licensing

Benefit from lessonsgirl-rolling-eyes learned from Diane Genco, NJSACC Executive Director and trainer who has trained in 48 states and 2 foreign countries and Sarah Cruz, NJSACC Enrichment Support Specialist and trainer who has trained in 15 states.

Training the Trainer

Click HERE to register

A Day of Tools, Tips and Tricks to build Quality Staff Development Workshops, Trainings and Meetings

With Diane Genco, NJSACC Executive Director & Sarah Cruz, NJSACC Enrichment Support Specialist

This full day workshop will focus on Tools, Tips and Tricks of Successful Trainers as well as focusing on developing staff development workshops in any topic, which will engage and energize staff.

Lunch will be provided

Fee: $125

Date:  Wednesday March 3, 2010

Time: 10 AM to 2:30 PM

Location:  NJSACC


Registration is due by: March 1, 2010

Celebrate What’s Right with the World: A Mid Winter Retreat for Directors

Click HERE to Register

Need to refresh yourself for the final months of the school year?  Need to get ready for the summer?  Or do you just need to re-energize your enthusiasm for Afterschool?

This retreat will do that for you!

In Celebrate What’s Right With The World, Dewitt Jones asks: Do we choose to see possibilities? Do we really believe they’re there? He assures us that there is always more than one right answer. Celebrating what’s right with the world helps us recognize the possibilities and find solutions for the challenges before us.

This inspirational, best-selling training program utilizes stunning photography and powerful dialogue to help viewers approach their lives with celebration, confidence, and grace.

Key Concepts Covered:

  • Believe it and you’ll see it.
  • Recognize abundance
  • Look for Possibilities.
  • Unleash your energy to fix what’s wrong
  • Ride the changes.
  • Take yourself to the edge.
  • Best your best for the world.

Lunch will be provided

Fee:  $50

Date:  Friday, March 5, 2010

Time: 10 AM to 2:00 PM

Location:  NJSACC


Registration is due by: February 28, 2010

Adventures in Peacemaking


An adventure based Conflict Resolution Curriculum.

Click HERE to Register

This workshop is to help staff in school-age child care settings teach children effective, nonviolent ways to resolve conflict.

This workshop is developed to meet the unique needs of school-age child care providers and provide assistance in the following areas:

  1. Implementing instruction in key conflict resolution concepts
  2. Further developing children skills using experiential education strategies
  3. Developing approaches for resolving conflict in child care settings

The Program Focuses on “The Peaceable Program” model and uses an Adventure based approach to teaching Conflict Resolution.

Lunch will be provided.

Participants will also receive an Adventures in Peacemaking Basic Activity Kit and an

Adventures in Peacemaking Book

Fee: $ 150

Date:  Friday, March 19, 2010

Time: 10 AM to 2:30 PM

Location:  NJSACC


Registration is due by: March 5, 2010

Possible Assistance for Families $$$$$$$

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Did you know that each county has a Child Care Resource and Referral Agency (CCR& R)?

These agencies are the critical point in linking your families up with  financial assistance for afterschool /schoolage care.

Many of the families served by the New Jersey After 3 program might be eligible for financial assistance with the cost of before- and afterschool care through the
New Jersey Cares for Kids (NJCK) program or through their participation in the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) WorkFirst New Jersey (WFNJ) program.
Eligibility for WFNJ child care subsidy is determined through the county Board of Social Services and payment is administered by the local child care resource and referral (CCR&R) agency.

Eligibility for NJCK is determined by the CCR&R agency based on family size, employment and/or education hours, and household income.
Parents or guardians can call, visit, or write their local CCR&R to receive an application.
Many of the CCR&Rs have the downloadable application forms available on their Web sites.

The State’s current afterschool/school-age child care reimbursement rate for 2 to 3 hours per day is $66.20 per week.
The rate for4 to 5 hours per day is $99.30 per week.
Most of the families who receive support through the child care reimbursement programs are obligated to pay a portion of the rate, through a co-payment assessment.

The afterschool program must charge a  fee to be eligible to be reimbursed!

The local CCR&Rs also provide referrals to parents, training opportunities, and other valuable resources in your community.
To learn more about how the subsidy, afterschool/school-age referral, or other CCR&R services work, call to set up an appointment.
The CCR&Rs agencies are in business to provide support to enhance the quality, affordability, and accessibility of child care services.

TO FIND THE CCR&R that serves your county CLICK HERE

Also remember NJSACC: The Network for New Jersey’s Afterschool Communities is able to provide free technical help in:

*how to develop a fee structure
* payment collection
*sliding fee scales…and much more.

Never hesitate to call us- 908.789.0259 .