Please join us

Dear Colleague:

Please join NJSACC at a roundtable discussion on improving quality in afterschool and summer programs through expanded learning opportunities.

As the state-wide network for New Jersey’s Afterschool Communities, NJSACC offers technical assistance, training, and support to help New Jersey’s afterschool communities thrive. NJSACC builds public awareness and support; offers guidance for families, providers and advocates; strengthens relationships with policymakers, funders, practitioners and parents; and shares best practices.

Families, educators, funders and policymakers are increasingly looking to afterschool programs to contribute to student success academically, as well as socially and emotionally. Afterschool providers have risen to the challenge by offering fun programs that engage and enhance learning. In many instances, afterschool staff work closely with classroom teachers to exchange information and create a continuum of care and support and learning for the children in their programs.

NJSACC is launching a new initiative to collect best practices in high quality afterschool programs. We will assess this information to develop New Jersey’s first afterschool Quality Standards. The Standards will be a tool for providers to strengthen programs, families to select programs, and funders to make well-informed decisions.

Your input and advice at a roundtable discussion will help us make the Standards a useful and user-friendly tool. We have scheduled three roundtables to accommodate scheduling conflicts.

Please join us so that you can impact this important work.

The roundtables will be on the following dates/locations:

Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at 10am-12:30pm at the Haddon Fortnightly Women’s Club in Haddonfield, NJ
(301 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield, NJ 08033)
Wednesday, September 22, 2010 from 10am-12:30pm at the Boys and Girls Club of Clifton in Clifton, NJ
(822 Clifton Avenue, Clifton, NJ 07013)
Friday, September 24, 2010 from 10am-12:30pm at the First Baptist Church in Westfield, NJ
(170 Elm Street, Westfield, NJ 07090)


Funded in part by the:
• NJ Department of Human Services, Division of Family Development as part of a Federal CCDF Block Grant Earmark
• Federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended (Title IV, Part B of No Child Left Behind), 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant funds awarded to the NJ Department of Education


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