Archive for April, 2010

Health and Child Care Conference! SAVE THE DATE

Friday, April 30th, 2010

19th Annual Health in Child Care Conference

A Collaborative Project of the New Jersey Association of the Education of Young Children (NJAEYC)

“Caring for New Jersey’s Children”

Thursday, May 20, 2010
Somerset Doubletree Hotel and Conference Center


Captain Timothy Shope, MD

Author of
Managing Infectious Diseases in Child Care and Schools

Plus workshops on:

Supporting Families
Hot Topics in Health
Inclusion, and more…

Registration forms and the conference brochure can be found online at:


Newark Museum

Friday, April 30th, 2010

Many of your programs also serve early childhood .  Here is a message from the Newark Museum.  Also consider inquiring about how your afterschool can benefit from a visit to the museum-or the museum coming to your program or camp!

Message from Newark Museum:

April 30, 2010

Hello Early Childhood Educator –

Young children learn best through active exploration and discovery.  The Newark Museum is an excellent resource for early learners — hands-on experiences in art and science are all centered on the Museum’s world-renowned collection of art, artifacts, and scientific specimens.  The Museum also has a ‘mini zoo’ and a planetarium – all accessible to preschoolers and primary elementary-level groups.  Programs are available on-site and we can come to your classroom.  It’s a great way for young children to discover the world.

Visit the website:, click on ‘Schools & Teachers’, to learn about the range of programs.

In Winter/Spring 2010, the Museum hosted visits by over 2,500 preschoolers as part of a special initiative related to an art exhibition of geometric abstraction.  Many of the visitors were here for the first time and special weekend family programs were designed to complement the curriculum-based visits.  It was a terrific experience!

Please contact me ( or 973-596-6558) to schedule a mutually convenient date and time when I might be able to make a FREE brief presentation to you and your colleagues about the Museum and its resources for early childhood education.

I look forward to seeing you and your children here soon.  Thank you.

Kevin Heller
Assistant Director of Education for Instructional Programs

Newark Museum
49 Washington Street
Newark, New Jersey  07102

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May is Here! Celebrate Afterschool ! Outdoors in the Garden State

Friday, April 30th, 2010

Enjoy the Beautiful Weather with Celebrate Afterschool!  Outdoors in the Garden State WeekThe sun is shining, flowers are blooming and kids are eager to play and learn outdoors.  Celebrate Afterschool! Outdoors in the Garden State Week is the perfect time to bring Springtime-themed activities to your afterschool program.  Next week, May 10-14, afterschool programs across New Jersey will participate by hosting special outdoor programs.

Activities range from nature-themed scavenger hunts to decorating pet rocks to recycle art.  We’d love to hear your creative ideas for Celebrate Afterschool!  Outdoors in the Garden State Week.  Please let us know your plans.

If you need help, check out the Activities and Resource Guide and
Event Planning and Publicity Guide:  How To Plan Your Event, Conduct It and Publicize It Like A Pro.

Click here for more information.

For questions, contact Amy Plotch or call NJSACC at (908) 789-0259.

May is My Principal Matters Month

Friday, April 30th, 2010

NJSACC is the state affiliate of the National AfterSchool Association (NAA) .

NAA has desiginated May as  My Principal Matters Month. A perfect tie in for  a press event for Celebrate Afterschool! Outdoors in the Garden State.

Consider doing something special for your principal during May. In these difficult  times for  schools we encourage your program  to present this award to your building principal!

My Principal Matters Award

The National AfterSchool Association “My Principal Matters” Awards Program recognizes excellence in school leadership and celebrates highly effective after-school collaborative relationships between preK-12 principals, assistant principals and after-school program leaders. The program honors principals who have exhibited extraordinary commitment to their students and staff, service to their communities, and contributions to the after-school profession, including their professional associations.

The NAA “My Principal Matters” Award Program is designed to be a local-level event to honor exemplary principals who share effective collaborative relationships with before- and after-school personnel and show strong commitment to the development of high-quality extended learning opportunities for children and youth in their learning community.  Being recognized with a NAA “My Principal Matters” award is a prestigious accomplishment. The celebratory event should be shared with the local media, school boards, parent groups, and the state and national after-school community. The NAA “My Principal Matters” awards ceremonies take place in schools and communities across the national annually during the month of May at the discretion of each nominator. Multimedia press releases, photo opportunities, and other creative celebratory ideas are encouraged as you plan your awards program.

Selection Criteria

Nominees for this award must meet all criteria for selection established by the National AfterSchool Association.
The selected principal:

  • shows a strong commitment to the after-school profession;
  • assumes an active role in his/her community, distinguishing himself/herself as a leader in the development and support of extended learning opportunities;
  • shows strong educational leadership by setting high expectations for school staff and students;
  • is respected by students, colleagues, parents, and the community at large;
  • maintains an orderly, purposeful learning environment;
  • shows evidence of outstanding contributions to the well-being of the educational community.
  • is an active principal of a school in which a commitment to excellence is clearly evident through established extended learning opportunities programs designed to meet the academic and social needs of all students, and through firmly established community ties with parents and local community organizations;
  • is a member of  NJSACC and national professional association;
  • will be an active principal during the year in which he/she will receive the award


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New From The Wallace Foundation

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

April 2010


Two new studies shed light on a crucial challenge for those concerned about tweens and teens: how to get them to participate regularly in after-school programs.

Engaging Older Youth: Program and City-level Strategies to Support Sustained Participation in Out-of-School Time uses statistical techniques to uncover five key factors behind success.

AfterZones: Creating a Citywide System to Support and Sustain High-Quality After-School Programs examines a nationally watched Providence, Rhode Island venture to provide after-school programs for middle-schoolers. Despite challenges, the effort has made “enormous progress” since its launch.


In coming months, we’ll be posting a number of new reports, all free of charge at
In the meantime, let us know what you think of our offerings:

On behalf of The Wallace Foundation,

Lucas Held

Lucas Held
Director of Communications

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