Archive for October, 2010

Last DayTo Register!

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Conference Update!

 

Last day to register is today!

Also it is the last day to cancel your registration. You may substitute another person at time.
Do not delay in registering.

Please note :

Several workshops are already closed.
When you register , all available workshops will be listed on the Registration Form.

If you do not see a workshop-that means that workshop is full to capacity!

Last day to Register  is today, Friday, October 29th, 2010. at Midnight!

Need help registering?
Call Jessica Heiberg at 908.789.0259.
She can help you in the process.

Last day to register is today, October 29th.
Hotel rate will also br available only until today,  October 29th, .

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

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER/ JOIN NJSACC / DOWNLOAD THE  CONFERENCE PROGRAM

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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A Lights On Story!

Friday, October 29th, 2010
WEST WINDSOR: After-school programs important to many families
By Allison Musante, Staff Writer
Posted: Tuesday, October 26, 2010 8:43 AM EDT
   PLAINSBORO — Just as students left for the day on Thursday, the cafeteria at High School North was busy preparing pans of pasta while a DJ blasted “Thriller” in the dining halls. In the spirit of Halloween, more than 450 West Windsor and Plainsboro families turned out for Lights On Afterschool, a nationwide party celebrating after-school programs.

   Joining nearly 8,000 party spots nationwide, the WW-P district celebrated its 29th year of the Community Education Extended Day Program, known as EDP, which provides before- and after-school programs to children between kindergarten and eighth grade. The event is a project of Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring that all children have access to safe and enriching afterschool programs.

   Community Education Director Marci Rubin said the event, now in its 11th year, showed how important EDP programs are to the community’s working families and single parents.

   ”It really shows how much we’re an extension of their families,” she said. “Everyone had a great time, families were happy and smiling and dancing, and we got great feedback.”

   Nearly 800 families are enrolled in the district’s EDP programs, which are held at eight schools, according to Melissa Conklin, the EDP program administrator. According to Afterschool Alliance, nearly 30 percent of children K-12 in New Jersey are responsible for taking care of themselves after school, yet only 14 percent participate in afterschool programs.

   ”We provide a necessary service to families where students can not only focus on their homework, but it’s for their social and emotional development as well,” Ms. Rubin said.”Students get to participate in things like dance, cooking, and drama, so students get to try new things they might otherwise try and make new friends in the process.”

   At this free two-hour event, families lined up at the cafeteria for a hot dinner before making their way into the lower dining hall for dancing, pumpkin painting, jewelry making, basketball, slime making, and other crafts.

   Tiffanye and Terry Cummings, of Plainsboro, have just enrolled their youngest son, Carlton, into EDP along with his older brother, Juston.

   ”It’s completely necessary,” Tiffanye Cummings said. “It’s where Carlton meets all his friends and has a chance to bond.”

   Seema Mazhar, of Plainsboro, said she enrolled her second-grade son, Faiz, into EDP at Town Center in the morning and after school because she works full time.

   ”I really like going outside, and we play games inside so it’s fun even when it’s raining,” Faiz Mazhar said. “And there’s really good teachers.”

   Dozens of volunteers, including EDP site supervisors and high school students, also attended to help the kids with crafts and to keep the food line moving.

   Courtney Agyeman, a High School South student, said she became an EDP volunteer after seeing her siblings enjoy participating in the afterschool programs.

   ”I actually want to be a teacher and I think it’s just fun working with the kids,” she said.

   Joan Tafrow, of Hamilton, who is the EDP site supervisor at Community Middle School, was helping kids paint mini=pumpkins. Ms. Tafrow said she loves waking up for her job, now in its third year.

   ”We paint, we eat, we play,” she said. “I wish I had this when I was little.”

   Supplies for the activities were donated by local vendors, including Mad Science of West New Jersey, Kidz Art and Pump it Up, with additional sponsorship provided by Corna Copia, Trenton Thunder, and 94.5 WPST.

   To enroll your children in an EDP program, call Melissa Conklin at (609) 716-5300, ext. 5032.

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Conference Update!

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

2 Day Countdown!

NJ’s Only Afterschool Conference!

Do not delay in registering.

Please note :

Several workshops are already closed.
When you register , all available workshops will be listed on the Registration Form.

If you do not see a workshop-that means that workshop is full to capacity!

Last day to Register  is tomorrow, Friday,. October 29th, 2010.

Need help registering?
Call Jessica Heiberg at 908.789.0259.
She can help you in the process.

Last day to register is Friday, October 29th.
Hotel rate will also br available only until Friday, October 29th, .

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

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER/ JOIN NJSACC / DOWNLOAD THE  CONFERENCE PROGRAM

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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Today and Tomorrow! REGISTER

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

2 Day Countdown!

NJ’s Only Afterschool Conference!

Do not delay in registering.

Last day is Friday!

Need help registering? Call Jessica Heiberg at 908.789.0259.
She can help you in the process.

Last day to register is Friday, October 29th.
Hotel rate will also br available only until Friday, October 29th, .

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

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER/ JOIN NJSACC / DOWNLOAD THE  CONFERENCE PROGRAM

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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NJSACC Launches Year 2 of Afterschool CARES

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Starting in October,7 afterschool programs are partnering with NJSACC: The Network for New Jersey’s Afterschool Communities and the Department of Human Services, Division of Family Development to participate in Afterschool CARES, a Service Learning Training project for afterschool programs.

 The goal of Afterschool CARES is to train and support afterschool program staff to provide children with resources to engage in Service Learning in their communities. During the Project year (October 2010-June 2011) participants will receive training on Service Learning. The Afterschool CARES project will track and tally the service that children across the state participate in as well as develop a data base of Service Learning activities for all Afterschool programs to utilize in the future.

 Service Learning has many benefits for children such as great personal satisfaction and wonderful learning opportunities in planning and participating in community service.

In Service Learning, regular community service projects are transformed into Service Learning by emphasizing the academic and social skills involved in planning and performing projects and by engaging children in reflection on their work.

For children, the outcomes of Service Learning are rich.  By participating, programs are promoting learning through active participation in service experiences; providing an opportunity for students to use skills and knowledge in real-life situations; extending learning beyond the classroom and into the community; and fostering a sense of caring for others.

Last year, in the Afterschool CARES pilot year, programs that participated had children involved in Service Learning activities that included working with Animal Shelters, Teaching the Community about Recycling, organizing collections for men and woman in Active Service and a Mentor Reading Program.

 In its second year, Afterschool CARES has 7 Afterschool programs participating from across New Jersey:

 Second Street Youth Center Afterschool, Plainfield
Lambertville Academy, Lambertville
Kangaroo Kourt Extended Care, Tuckerton
Better Beginnings Child Development Center, Hightstown
Union County YM/YWHA AfterSchool Program, Union
Glassboro Child Development Centers, Glassboro
Yomeca After School, Raritan Valley YMCA, East Brunswick

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