Archive for September, 2010

We Can Change the World Challenge

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

We Can Change the World Challenge

The Siemens Foundation, Discovery Education, and the National Science Teachers Association, request proposals for the We Can Change the World Challenge, a program designed to educate, empower, and engage students and teachers across the U.S. to become “Agents of Change” in identifying and solving environmental problems.
Awards vary by grade levels and include savings bonds and school grants.
Responses due 3/15/11.
For more info, go to:


Thursday, September 30th, 2010

A tremendous resource for  afterschool programs in the area of fitness and nutrition.

When it comes to improving the health of today’s youth, CANFIT is a leader in building community leadership and stimulating change at multiple levels, from individual behavior to public policy.

Their Mission:

To work with communities and policymakers to develop culturally resonant policies and practices that improve food and fitness environments for adolescents in low income communities and communities of color.

Check out these FREE Resource:

Healthy After School Snack Guide – Spanish Version

Healthy After School Snack Guide English

Physical Activity Guidelines Matrix

99 Ways Toolkit

Expanding Opportunities for After School Physical Activity

and many more  resources in English and Spanish click here



Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Times are difficult. Often  in your work with families in the out-of-school hours you have a sense that families are in need. Healthy coverage is vital for our children and youth.
NJ has options  for families.

Print this info and post on your Family Information Board!


NJ FamilyCare is not a welfare program, but rather the State of New Jersey’s way of providing affordable health coverage for kids and certain low-income parents/guardians.

Due to New Jersey’s current budget situation, cuts to the NJ FamilyCare program are being made as of March 1, 2010 which affects parents/guardians coverage only. For details, please see Question and Answer – Changes March 1, 2010.

  • Immigrant parents/guardians otherwise eligible for NJ FamilyCare who did not have legal permanent residence status for at least five years can no longer be enrolled in NJ FamilyCare.
  • Parents/caretakers requesting NJ FamilyCare coverage for themselves face a much lower income eligibility level than previously. For details, please see the Who is Covered page and Income Eligibility and Cost.
  • Currently enrolled parents/guardians who are disenrolled for failure to pay the premiums due or do not renew their coverage may not be able to re-enroll. It is important to pay premiums in full and on time and to submit renewal applications when expected.

If you or your children are New Jersey residents and you need more information on this program, please read through the pages of this website and see just how to become a part of NJ FamilyCare.


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Conference Registration Open-workshops are filling up!

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010


NJSACC: The Network for New Jersey’s Afterschool Communities, will once again be hosting NJ’s Annual Afterschool Conference.

This year, NJSACC’s Conference, BUILDING CONNECTIONS will focus on the importance of introducing STEM (SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING and MATH) into your afterschool programs!

Building Connections

New Jersey’s Annual Afterschool Conference

When: November 12 and 13, 2010
Conference Fees
Members: $236 / 2 days   $136 / 1 day
Non-Members: $271 / 2 days   $171 / 1 day


The conference is funded in part by the following:

  • 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

NJSACC would like to thank Hasbro Games for special permission to use the SCRABBLE image for the sole purpose of this conference.

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Monday, September 27th, 2010
Arts Education Scholarship Grants
For Schools in New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania
Application Deadline: Midnight, October 15, 2010

Target and Young Audiences are offering scholarship grants of up to $10,000 for arts education programming in schools. Your school could be part of this exciting opportunity!

The grant brings top-notch arts programming to your school:  inspiring arts performances, hands-on workshops to spark your students’ creativity, and professional development to give your teachers new ways to use the arts in their classrooms.  In addition, each grant will help you create a family or community celebration of your students’ work.

Your school gets the support of a Young Audiences’ staff member to plan  programs based on your specific needs.   Schools in New Jersey and the following Pennsylvania counties are eligible: Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lehigh, Montgomery and Philadelphia.

For the application and more information, click here

To download the application in PDF format click here (requires Acrobat Reader)

To download the application in .doc format click here

For information call: Michele Russo at 866-500-9265
or visit our website