Archive for February, 2011

Free Child Abuse and Neglect Training For Staff

Monday, February 28th, 2011

As an afterschool provider, it is your job to provide a safe environment for the children and families you and your staff serve. 
Part of keeping children safe is being able to recognize possible signs of abuse and neglect. 
Providers  are mandated to report possible  abuse and neglect. 
The following training modules are designed to tell providers the policy requirements,  help providers to recognize what to look for, understand the procedure for reporting a potential incident and to cover what happens after an incident is reported.


Reporting Child Abuse And Neglect 

These training materials have been developed to provide local school districts and child care programs with comprehensive reference materials to assist in training personnel, volunteers and interns about the requirement to report potential abuse and neglect child situations as required in N.J.A.C. 6A:16-11 

The Departments of Education (DOE) and Children and Families (DCF) convened a DOE/DCF workgroup to address issues surrounding the interface between education and child welfare systems. One of the key efforts of this group was the development of standardized training materials for personnel on the identification and reporting of child abuse and neglect to meet the requirements at N.J.A.C. 6A:16-11 Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect.

The New Jersey   Office of Licensing has determined that these Child Abuse and Neglect training modules referenced may be used for meeting the Licensing requirements for staff development, 10:122-4.7(b)2iv.

Each module has been developed using Microsoft PowerPoint and includes a voice narration.  The PowerPoint slides are not “timed” and must be advanced manually. 
This will enable the audience to complete their discussion, as needed, for each individual slide before moving to the next.  Programs are also permitted to download the modules and burn them to a CD ROM for portability and ease of use, if so desired. The modules are categorized as follows:

Module I: Policy requirements
Module II: What to look for…
Module III: How to report…
Module IV:  What happens after reporting?

To larn more about this FREE Training available to your programs


Fundraising at the Prudential Center

Monday, February 28th, 2011

NJSACC was recently contacted by Centerplate, the food services company that services the  of the new Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.

With the total lack of unrestricted dollars for not-for profits-the Prudential Center offers a unique opportunity for your organization.
See below:

Every year Centerplate offers thousands of groups nationwide an opportunity to raise money for their organizations.
We are excited to introduce you to a different way of fundraising.  Gone are the days of door to door, and candy sales for little to no profit!

Instead come to work at the Prudential Arena with your group members and raise funds.

Fundraising with Centerplate is primarily structured around our concessions department.
In a nutshell, we contract with non-profit groups to staff and run concessions stands during Devils games as well as other selected stadium and arena events.
We will provide all of the training materials for you and your group.
No upfront costs required.
It just takes a few committed and enthusiastic group members and you are on your way!


Your group’s donation is guaranteed.  The commission rate for the concessions stands and beer portables are nine percent (9%).  For example if the commission rate was 9% of your net sales and your stand makes $9000.00, your commission would be:

.09($9000) = $810.00

Please note that If a group has cash or inventory shortages, the amount will be deducted from their commission.


If your group is attempting to raise money for a short-term project or the amount needed to be raised is relatively small, this program may not be for you.
While there are no hard and fast rules used when making this determination, we require that your group work at least ten events (10) per year.
This gives members a reasonable return for the time investment and gives Centerplate some return on the training that we provide for your group.

Generally, the most successful groups are ones that have long-term goals or continuous projects for which they raise funds.
There are no limits on the number of events that a group may work per year, and the more that you work, the more you can earn.
For example, large groups that will staff a specific stand for 100 events can raise $35,000-$45,000 a year!

Of, course this requires an extraordinary commitment, but it serves to illustrate the potential of this program. There are also no restrictions on how you use your fundraising dollars. Here are a few ways that groups have benefited from their fundraising dollars: uniforms, facility improvements, youth group activities, equipment, outreach programs, tournament travel, recognition/banquet events, speakers, mission trips, and scholarships.

Earning potential also depends on the number of members that your group can provide.
In general, you will need between 8 to 15 groups members to staff a typical stand.
Typically groups should plan on recruiting twice the amount of required staff in order to meet the stand minimums.
In other words, if your group is working at a stand that requires a minimum of 11 workers, you should have at least 20 group members available to fill the 11 positions.
Since members may not be available to work every show, this will allow a large enough pool for group leaders to draw from.
Members will be broken down into three positions:

* managers

* cashiers

* back-ups.

Please note that stand workers must be at least 18 years old.

Managers oversee inventory and stand functioning.  They are assisted by a second manager who manages the cash functions and assists manager.
ring sales on terminals.
Back-ups provide additional support as needed.

Below are the minimum staffing requirements for different size stands.

  • 6 line stand = 11 people (2 managers +6 cashiers + 3 back-ups)
  • 8 line stand = 14 people (2 managers +8 cashiers + 4 back-ups)
  • 12 line stand = 21 people (3 managers +12 cashiers + 6 back-ups)


Is your group a good fit?

  • Do you have a committed, organized local coordinator?
  • Are you interested in long-term fundraising-willingness to work at least 15 events in a calendar year?
  • Willing to complete approx two (2) to six (6) hours of training?
  • Have at least 2 members who are committed to act as managers?
  • Have a staff base of at least eight (8) members?
  • Are you willing to sell alcoholic products?

If you have answered yes to the above listed questions, congratulations! Your group is probably an ideal fit for this program.


Janee M. Irvin
Human Resources Manager/Non-Profit Coordinator
165 Mulberry Street – Office Level
Newark, NJ 07102

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If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 973-757-6901 or fax at 973-757-6906.


Tomorrow Webinar, : How afterschool and summer learning programs can support High-Quality STEM Learning Opportunities.

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Free   Webinar

How afterschool and summer learning programs can support High-Quality STEM Learning Opportunities

Date: Fri, Feb 25, 2011
Time: 10:00 AM EST
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): Katie Magrane (Massachusetts)

Meeting Description:

Please join us on 2/25/11 for the third in a series of webinars sponsored by the Northeast Statewide Afterschool Networks, a collaboration between CT, NJ, NY, MA, VT, RI, NH and ME.
NJ was just added to the Northeast Statewide Afterschool Networks.

The topic will be how afterschool and summer learning programs can support High-Quality STEM Learning Opportunities.
STEM education has become a national priority with bipartisan support in both Congress and the White House. Afterschool and summer programs can play a major role in engaging and exciting students about STEM through hands-on learning projects that complement the school day.
Anita Krishnamurthi, Director of STEM Policy at the Afterschool Alliance will be our guest speaker. During this webinar, we will share the results from the National Afterschool Association (NAA) and the Afterschool Alliance (AA) nationwide survey on STEM in Afterschool; highlight the successes of existing programs; and discuss resources needed and available for quality STEM programming in your afterschool and/or summer programs.

The Presenter:

Dr. Anita Krishnamurthi is the Director of STEM Policy at the Afterschool Alliance. I
n this role, she is responsible for creating and advancing federal, state and local opportunities and policies to expand resources and activities that provide students wtih access to a rich STEM learning experience in their afterschool programs. An astronomer by training, she has been involved in science education and outreach for the past decade. She worked at the National Academy of Sciences in the Office on Public Understanding of Science and then at NASA. Anita was a Program Manager for space science education at NASA HQ and then moved to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center to become the lead for Education and Public Outreach in Astrophysics. While at Goddard, she led the development of a successful astronomy afterschool program that contributed to her engagement in afterschool. Anita is passionate about promoting the afterschool space as an effective learning environment for STEM.



we need your help!

Thursday, February 24th, 2011


The Center for the Study of Child Care Employment (CSCCE) at the University of California at Berkeley is at the forefront of research and policy related to the early care and education workforce.
We are pleased to announce that we are continuing our efforts to inform public policy and increase the field’s knowledge of the components of effective teacher preparation and the workplace supports that influence teacher’s ongoing learning and development.

With support from the W. Clement and Jessie V. Stone Foundation and in collaboration with Dr. Sharon Ryan, an independent contractor working with CSCCE, we are bringing members of the early care and education workforce together to help us identify the critical features of the adult work environment that support ongoing learning.
We will be conducting focus group meetings with teaching staff, site supervisors, educational coordinators, directors, and mentors and coaches working in the early care and education field, and would like to invite you to participate in this exciting research study.
The two?hour focus group meetings will be held in New Jersey in March, 2011 and in Chicago in May, 2011.

As practitioners and administrators working in the early care and education field, your experiences and opinions are important to us.
To thank you for participating in this study, you will receive a $25 gift certificate to [local store] at the end of the meeting.
If you would like to learn more about the study or are interested in participating in the focus groups, please contact Dr. Sharon Ryan or Mirella Almaraz at:

You will be asked to sign the consent document on the day of the focus group.
Your participation in this study is completely voluntary.
Please note that if you choose to participate, you may refuse to answer any question or may stop participation at any time for any reason without consequence.
Thank you in advance for your participation!
We greatly appreciate your cooperation in this very important research study.


Marcy Whitebook, Director and Senior Researcher
Center for the Study of Child Care Employment
Institute for Research on Labor and Employment
University of California at Berkeley

The Role of High School After-School in Supporting Student Success

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

After School Matters, The Muhammad Ali Center and The Collaborative for Building After-School Systems present: 
The Role of High School After-School in Supporting Student Success
A Webinar On:
Thursday, March 17th  @2:00-3:00pm EST
This webinar will explore promising out-of-school time strategies to engage older youth and support them through high school and into college. 
The webinar shares the work of Building Bridges, a national initiative funded by the
Charles Stewart Mott Foundation to improve both the availability and quality of high school after-school programs through alignment with high school reform efforts. 
High school after-school presents a promising strategy to support student success, yet there is a tremendous unmet demand for high-quality programs. 
To address these challenges, communities across the country forged new ground to advance high school after-school through citywide strategic planning efforts.
The webinar will feature lead intermediary partners of the Building Bridges project from
After School Matters, The Muhammad Ali Center, Boston After-School and Beyond, Charlotte Partners in Out of School Time, and The After-School Corporation in New York City.  Panelists will discuss their successes and challenges in supporting student success through innovative out-of-school time strategies for older youth.
Participants will have the opportunity to pose live questions during the call. 
To learn more about strategies to strengthen high school after-school opportunities, please contact Emily Morgan, National Policy Coordinator, CBASS, at 646-943-8737 or