Archive for May, 2011

Webinar: 99 Ways to Make Your Afterschool Program Even Healthier

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

NJSACC is a member of the Northeast Networks Group is a collaboration of eight northeast-based Statewide Afterschool Networks. Each month one of the member Networks hosts a webinar.

The June webinar is hosted by NJSACC.

June 21, 12pm (1 hour)


99 Ways to Make Your After-school Program Even Healthier

Confused by all of the nutrition and physical activity information out there? Not sure what you can do with a limited budget? Looking for ideas that would appeal to youth from different cultures?

Join us for a presentation that highlights the work of CANFIT, a national non-profit that has been working since 1993 to build the nutrition and physical activity capacity of community based organizations that work with low-income youth of color. Learn how to access national after school nutrition and physical activity guidelines, and have your specific questions addressed. We guarantee that you’ll come away from this webinar with at least 3 ideas that you can immediately implement at your after school program.

Presenter: Arnell Hinkle, Executive Director

Arnell Hinkle is the founding Executive Director of CANFIT. Arnell’s efforts to produce culturally appropriate nutrition and physical activity education training resources emphasizing youth leadership are nationally recognized, and she has provided consultation to numerous private, state and national agencies including the 100 Black Men of America, Inc., South Dakota Lakota Sioux Diabetes Education Project, the Region 10, U.S. Bureau of Maternal and Child Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In the course of providing training and consultation to CANFIT grantees, Arnell has experience working directly with residents of over 80 African-American, Latino, Southeast Asian, Filipino, and American Indian, low income communities throughout California. In addition to her work in the United States, she has also been involved in international development projects in India, Ecuador and Scotland.

Prior to her work at CANFIT, Arnell was Project Coordinator of the Hunger and Chronic Disease Prevention Program of the Contra Costa County Health Services Department, a professional chef, and organic farmer. Arnell has a BA degree in Geology from Princeton University, and both a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Clinical Dietetics and a Master in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley. She is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Health Education Specialist.

In 2010, Arnell worked with the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs in Wellington, New Zealand in the prestigious Ian Axford Public Policy Fellowship Program.



Monday, May 30th, 2011


When:  Next , SATURDAY JUNE 4, 2011 from 9am-1pm

Where: Passaic Boys and Girls Club, 14-20 Hudson St., Passaic, NJ 07055

This mini-conference will provide information, resources and skills to teachers and afterschool staff interested in the inclusion of youth with developmental disabilities in afteschool and summer programming.

Emphasis will be on youth with developmental delays living in Passaic, Paterson, Garfield and surrounding communities.
Lunch will be provided.



Barbara Brooks, LDTC, Behaviorist, Paterson Public Schools


Nicole Pratt, Parent, SPAN Parent Group Specialist


Maria Docherty, SPAN, Inclusive After School Champions for Immigrant youth with Developmental Disabilities


Christine Corriston, Consultant, NJSACC



Inclusive After School Champions for Youth with Developmental Disabilities program made possible by a grant of the New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities

New Resources from the Afterschool Investments Project

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

 Are you a grant writer this is a great resource!

New Resources from the Afterschool Investments Project 

The Afterschool Investments Project (AIP), a service of the Office of Child Care, provides technical assistance to Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) grantees and other state and local leaders to support afterschool efforts. AIP is pleased to announce several new resources on the project website:

 New State and Territory Afterschool Profiles

AIP has added territories to its State Afterschool Profiles series, which provides a snapshot of the “state of afterschool” in every state and territory as well as an opportunity to compare afterschool activities across the country. Profiles highlight key data and descriptions of the afterschool landscape, which include a range of out-of-school time programming that can occur before and after school, on weekends, and during summer months. Profiles are searchable by state/territory or type of initiative –including professional development, financing, and other topics. Updated profiles for all fifty states, five territories, and the District of Columbia are now available at:

 Users can also access key national school-age data through the National Afterschool Profile, available at:

 Interactive State-by-State Comparison Tables

Drawing from information found in the State and Territory Afterschool Profile series, this new interactive feature includes data for all states, territories, and the District of Columbia, when available. Users can view individual state data or compare data across multiple states/territories (max 10) or for all states within two Regions at a time. This section offers users the ability to compare data between states or ACF Regions for the following data categories: school-age population, Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) dollars received, percent of children receiving CCDF that are school-age, settings for school-age children, and provider reimbursement rate information. The tables can be accessed at:

Celebrate Afterschool! Outdoors in the Garden State: Events around the State

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

Throughout the month of April, Out of School Time programs have been Celebrating Afterschool! Outdoors in the Garden State.

The Boys and Girls Club of Monmouth visited Rutgers Gardens, Glassboro Child Development Center took a trip to Camden Children’s Gardens, and Haddonfield Child Care celebrated the program with an outdoor art, music and family event.

In the sunshine of the month, programs visited gardens and held family events outdoors.

OST professionals gathered to discuss the importance of the connection between children and nature at the Celebrate Afterschool! Outdoors in the Garden state workshop at the Health in Child Care Conference in Somerset.

In the rain, programs used our Outdoors in the Garden State Tool Kit to bring Nature in.

A few days left in April to Celebrate Afterschool! Outdoors in the Garden State.

Tell us about your programs experiences Outdoors or Bringing nature in! Click here to Share

For activity ideas, field trips and more, Download the Activity Kit

To share the Celebration with your Local Community, Download the Event Kit

Webinar from the Northeast Networks Group: “Boyhood and the Media in Afterschool”

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

NJSACC is a member of the Northeast Networks Group is a collaboration of eight northeast-based Statewide Afterschool Networks.   Each month one of the member Networks host a webinar.

The May webinar is hosted by the Maine AfterSchool Network.

May 31, 11am-12pm (1 hour)

Jock. Slacker. Gangster. Superhero. Goofball. Player. This presentation explores the narrow version of boyhood that is packaged and sold to boys by media and marketers – and what parents, teachers, and others who work with boys can do about it. From cartoons to videogames to movies, from toys to Halloween costumes to energy drinks, boys are fed a steady diet of stereotypes about what it means to be a man, including messages about violence, risk-taking, and sexual promiscuity. This presentation offers an overview of this “cultural landscape” that boys confront everyday, and provides insight and information that can be used to help boys resist these negative messages and limiting stereotypes.

Presenter: Mark Tappan is Professor of Education and Human Development and Chair of the Education Program at Colby College. His research and teaching interests include boys’ development and education, positive youth development, and multicultural/social justice education. He is co-author (with Lyn Mikel Brown and Sharon Lamb) of Packaging Boyhood: Saving our Sons from Superheroes, Slackers, and Other Media Stereotypes (St. Martins, 2009). He is also the co-chair of the Greater Waterville Communities for Children and Youth Coalition and a founding member of the Maine Boys’ Network.