Archive for May, 2011

Let’s Get Real: Bullying Prevention

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Ocean Count Training Sessions!

This workshop, featuring the documentary Let’s Get Real, will give you information and insight into how to open up a dialogue with young people on name-calling and bullying. The film features middle-schoolers talking honestly about the bullying that goes on in their schools and draws a connection between bullying and other forms of prejudice.

Ocean County

Friday June 10, 2011

10 AM to 12 PM

Click here for Details and Registration for OCEAN COUNTY

For questions please contact Jessica Heiberg: or call 908-789-0259

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Job Posting/ Bridgewater, NJ

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Catholic Charities Diocese of Metuchen- Child Care Services

Position Title: Assistant Program Director
Program and Location: Child Care, Bridgewater, NJ 

  • Responsible for implementing framework of school age programs to include developmentally appropriate activities, staff development and guidance and adherence to administrative procedures and licensing standards for Child Care Programs
  • Hands on supervision of programs and staff through modeling and consistent monitoring to maintain program improvement
  • Attend required trainings, meetings as requested, open communication with parents and members of school districts

  • BA/BS
  • Experience working with school age children; administrative and management experience required
  • Driver’s license for varied travel
  • Must be reliable, hard working, organized, and flexible
  • CDL license a plus



Krista Glynn

Assistant Division Director

Child Care Services Division

700 Sayre Avenue

Phillipsburg, NJ 08865

Main Office Tel: (908) 454-2074

Direct Line: (908) 329-2028

Fax: (908) 454-8151

New from Harvard Family Research Project and the National PTA

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Teaching the Teachers:
Preparing Educators to Engage families for Student Achievement

Margaret Caspe, M. Elena Lopez, Ashley Chu, & Heather B. Weiss

Harvard Family Research Project and the National PTA® have teamed up to bring you the third brief in our ground-breaking series about family engagement policy, highlighting the need for teacher education programs to prepare teachers to better work with families.

To be effective, teachers must be prepared to collaborate with families to support student success. Many studies confirm that strong parent–teacher relationships relate to positive student outcomes, such as healthy social development, high student achievement, and high rates of college enrollment. Thus, by giving teachers the support they need to work with families, teacher education programs can have an even greater impact on student achievement.

For this reason, some institutions of higher education are already taking innovative steps to prepare teachers to work with families through coursework and hands-on experience in schools during preservice and into their early years of teaching. Teaching the Teachers highlights those promising strategies through five case studies, and examines how teacher education programs can create the foundation for meaningful and effective family engagement. This brief describes five core elements necessary for a system of teacher training and professional development in support of family engagement, distilled from the case studies of existing teacher preparation programs. The brief also addresses the policies needed to support this type of teacher preparation system. The five core elements in the system are:

  • Standards for family engagement
  • Curriculum that advances the skills, knowledge, and attitudes that teachers need to engage families
  • Collaborations among various stakeholders
  • Continuing professional development around family engagement
  • Evaluation for learning and continuous improvement

With current public policy and philanthropic investments focused on teacher quality and overall effectiveness, the time is ripe for new models and approaches to preparing teachers for meaningful and effective family engagement


National Afterschool Matters Initiative Practitioner Fellowships

Friday, May 20th, 2011

New Jersey is proud that we have two former fellows, Denise Sellers of Haddonfield Child Care and Mike MacEwan, now an NJSACC staffer.
Currently Sarah Cruz of NJSACC is a fellow.
Read below  and think about applying for this life altering experience!

Announcement of National Afterschool Matters Initiative Practitioner Fellowships

United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania is accepting applications for the National Afterschool Matters Initiative Practitioner Fellowships in the Philadelphia area.
The National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) at the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College, the National Writing Project (NWP), United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania,
and the Philadelphia Writing Project, with generous funding support from the Robert Bowne Foundation, launched the National Afterschool Matters Initiative Practitioner Fellowship in Philadelphia in September 2008.  Currently the Philadelphia Fellowship is being sustained primarily by local funders with some assistance from the Bowne Foundation.

Traditionally, the Practitioner Fellowship Program has been a professional development and leadership initiative for mid-level career out-of-school time professionals.  This past year we tested a joint school and out-of-school time model in two cities while continuing the original model in Minneapolis.  The new model engages practitioners from out-of-school time and classroom teachers in an effort to find ways that schools and afterschool programs can better work together to serve their youth population. Participants in the Practitioner Fellowship are selected by application, and through a year-long process engage in activities that inform program quality and improve practice through reflection and inquiry. One of the cities using the new “mixed” model of teachers and out-of-school time professionals is Philadelphia.

The Philadelphia program is based at the Philadelphia Writing Project at the Penn School of Graduate Education and has strong support from local intermediaries.

For more information please see the program overview and complete the National Afterschool Matters Practitioner Fellowship application.
To request the application call 215-665-2554 or email


Dr. Cheryl B. Oakman
Director, Center for Youth Development
Associate Director, Children and Youth
United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania
1709 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA  19103
Phone: 215-665-2559
Fax: 215-665-2531

PSE&G Foundation President Honored Today at Afterschool Alliance “Breakfast of Champions”

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

We are thrilled to announce that our nominee, Mr. Vaughn McKoy, President of the PSE&G Foundation will be honored today at the “Breakfast of Champions” hosted by the Afterschool Alliance.


The Afterschool Alliance today honored Vaughn L. McKoy, President of the PSEG Foundation, the philanthropic arm of New Jersey-based energy company PSEG. The PSEG Foundation works to make New Jersey a better place to live and work, by investing in education, the environment and community and economic development. McKoy is being honored at the “Breakfast of Champions,” a gala event in Washington, D.C. featuring FIRST Robotics founder Dean Kamen for PSEG’s support for afterschool programs.

The PSEG Foundation is a strong supporter of afterschool programs throughout New Jersey, and helped fund the creation of the New Jersey Afterschool Directory. McKoy was one of just nine state champions from around the country honored at the Breakfast. The New Jersey School-Age Care Coalition, which is the statewide afterschool network in New Jersey, nominated him for the honor.

As President of the PSEG Foundation, McKoy is responsible for developing and implementing policy, strategy, and social investment initiatives. In addition to support for individual afterschool programs, PSEG Foundation partners with United Way to support student success in afterschool programs through the PSEG/United Way After School Collaborative. The Foundation also cohosts with Citizen Schools of New Jersey a STEM Alliance Roundtable, a collaboration between leaders form nonprofit organizations, foundations and educational institutions working to engage youth in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning.

“The PSEG Foundation has been an important partner, championing afterschool programs in New Jersey,” said Diane Genco, Executive Director of the New Jersey School-Age Care Coalition. “Under Vaughn McKoy’s direction, PSEG has created and expanded opportunities for youth to get excited about science and math – helping us bridge the achievement gap between the U.S. and other nations and prepare a future generation of scientists, engineers, physicists.”

The “Breakfast of Champions” is part of the tenth annual Afterschool for All Challenge, sponsored by the Afterschool Alliance, which brings together hundreds of parents, educators, children, program directors and advocates from around the country for a series of events and meetings with Members of Congress. Following the Breakfast, participants fanned out across Capitol Hill to meet with Members of Congress and talk to them about the importance of afterschool programs and expanding opportunities for kids to engage in STEM activities in those programs. This year is The Year of Science in Afterschool.

“Afterschool programs are lifeline for working families, they keep kids safe and –
most important – inspire them to learn. These programs are uniquely positioned to provide hands-on and real-world STEM learning opportunities,” said Afterschool Alliance Executive Director Jodi Grant. “It’s no secret that our nation has some serious catching-up to do when it comes to math and the sciences. We know that afterschool programs are successful in getting children excited about the sciences. That excitement and interest has been shown to be a better predictor than good grades or test scores of who will pursue careers in the sciences. By offering children the opportunity to try robotics, CSI, rocket-building or constructing wind turbines, afterschool programs

Other state champions honored at the Afterschool for All Challenge are: Agnes Quiñones, Education Consultant, Connecticut State Department of Education; Nancy Volpe, Consultant-Youth Programs/America’s Promise, CVS Consultant, Pathways to Pharmacy and
President, Volpe Communications in Kansas; Kathleen Straus, Board Member, Michigan State Board of Education; R.T. Rybak, Mayor of the City of Minneapolis, Minnesota; Sherry Comer, Afterschool Services Director, Camdenton R-III Schools, Camdenton, Missouri; Kyle Stewart, Executive Director, Alliance of New York State YMCAs, Inc.; Carmen M. Medina, Chief of the Division, Pennsylvania Department of Education Bureau of Teaching and Learning, Division of Student Services; Mark H. Emery, Administrator for After-School Programs, Fairfax County Public Schools, Virginia.


The 2011 Afterschool for All Challenge is sponsored by: United States Tennis Association, Open Society Foundations, Cable in the Classroom, National AfterSchool Association, Clever Crazes for Kids, and Arnold and Sandra Grant. Additional funding is provided by the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, Time Warner Cable, Noyce Foundation and jcpenney.