Good News For Afterschool!


Haddonfield Child Care, the non-profit organization which has provided before and after school care for children and youth attending the Haddonfield public schools for twenty five years, was recently awarded a grant for spring 2011 by AIE, the Artists-in-Education Consortium of NJ.  The grant will provide funding for a twenty day artist residency, as well as a three day visiting artist, at Haddonfield Child Care’s afterschool program, located at the Central/Middle School.

 Ms. Jeanne Jablonski, a working artist and former art teacher from Williamstown, NJ, was chosen by the HCC team and AIE representatives to be the artist-in-residence for the project, which will run from February 15 through late April.

 HCC Executive Director, Denise Sellers, announcing the grant to program parents this week,  emphasized that Haddonfield Child Care will be ” doing our best to use this wonderful opportunity to the greatest advantage”  for the children.  While recognizing the primary value of the artistic process, Sellers also commented, “We can’t wait for you, the school, and the community to see the end result!”
 Sellers and HCC staff members, Lydia Brown and Sharon Vogel, who will assist with the project, also introduced Ms. Jablonski to the children at the program this week, and the response was overwhelmingly positive to the artist and her plans.

 The project, which will be centered on the artwork and quilts of writer/illustrator Faith Ringgold and particularly her short story “How the People Became Color Blind,” will include visual, as well as musical, theatrical, and literary arts components.  Under the guidance of Ms. Jablonski, the children will design and create paper quilts, depicting the charming but poignant story of a world in which Ringgold describes how people came to recognize the “inner beauty of good deeds,” rather than “use color to separate one people from another. ” 

The children will journal throughout the project, including illustrations, thoughts, and poems about the experience. Lessons on basic quilt making, and a visit to a local quilt store, The Little Shop, will enhance their understanding of Ms. Ringgold’s use of quilting in her art. Actor and musician Barry Moore, who was the artist-in-residence at Tatem Elementary School’s afterschool program last year, will return for a three day visit to create the musical/theatrical component. 
Shelley Benaroya, the Arts Education Administrator speaking on behalf of the AIE Consortium, stated that AIE ” valued  the continued partnership with  Haddonfield Child Care,” and   added, “ We congratulate [HCC] not just on the award, but also for your efforts to make the arts a basic part of education. By bringing a professional artist into your program, you are offering afterschool students at Central School a unique resource and approach to learning.”  The grant, valued at over $6000, is made possible by generous support from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.

Anyone interested in learning more about the grant, or the programs of Haddonfield Child Care, can visit the HCC website,, or contact Denise Sellers at


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