Archive for July, 2011

National Job Opportunity!

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

Unique Afterschool Leadership Position Available 

Collaborative Communications Group in Washington, DC, manages the National Network of Statewide Afterschool Networks with funding from the C.S. Mott Foundation.
We are seeking a passionate, organized, detail-oriented, knowledgeable professional in the afterschool field to coordinate the national network.  From meeting design to online community management, this leader will coordinate all aspects of network development.
As a senior associate at Collaborative Communications, this leader will manage large and small projects in education and out-of-school time learning, work with a dynamic team, and learn from a range of perspectives on the current field and future of learning. Ideal candidates will have afterschool systems building knowledge and experience at the national, state or local levels.  Ideal qualifications include five years of experience in afterschool or related fields and a masters degree in education, public policy, public administration or related fields.
For background on the work, visit
Visit for a complete job description and details on how to apply.


Become an NJSACC Afterschool Ambassador!

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

“I enjoyed meeting other providers in my area.”

“I became more knowledgeable of afterschool policies, goals and objectives.”

“Great networking”

Applications Open for NJSACC Afterschool Ambassadors

The NJSACC Afterschool Ambassadors is a select group of leaders in New Jersey’s Afterschool communities who Volunteer to serve as representatives of NJSACC. Afterschool Ambassadors assist NJSACC to connect afterschool professionals, via a Countywide Network. Afterschool Ambassadors are located in each of New Jerseys 21 Counties and will further NJSACC’s mission to develop public awareness of Afterschool issues, build a strong network for afterschool program professionals in NJ, and to establish professional development opportunities in every New Jersey County.

Afterschool Ambassadors are located in each of New Jerseys 21 Counties.

Being a NJSACC Afterschool Ambassador is a commitment from October 2011-October 2013

A successful NJSACC Afterschool Ambassador should be:
* Familiar with afterschool programs in the local community
* Committed to Networking
* Committed to Advocacy for Afterschool programs
* Involved and informed in current trends in out of school time
* Very Computer and Web knowledgeable and functional

NJSACC Afterschool Ambassadors responsibilities include:
* Attendance in Ambassadors training and participation in Webinars, phone conference and web forums
* Fostering a County wide group of Afterschool Professionals and Advocates
* Helping NJSACC identify all Afterschool programs in the County & documenting information collected
* Holding trainings in local community with Administration done by NJSACC
* Meeting with local and county officials to build support for afterschool
* Help organize special events such as Celebrate Afterschool Week and Lights On Afterschool

NJSACC Afterschool Ambassadors will receive the following for their volunteer service and commitment:
* Free Full Membership to NJSACC and Full Membership to the NAA (National Afterschool Association)
* Partnership listing on
* An Afterschool Ambassadors Badge
* Two Enhanced trainings specific and prescriptive based on the needs of the Ambassadors
* Attend Ambassador organized trainings for free
* First Hand information on current trends in Afterschool
* Resume builder for state and national leadership in the field of Afterschool

To be considered for the NJSACC Afterschool Ambassadors Program, you must meet the following requirements:
* Completed Application
* A minimum of 3 years of Professional Experience in the Afterschool Field
* 2 emails of reference*

Once applications have been reviewed and interviews are completed, NJSACC Afterschool Ambassador positions will be offered to qualified candidates. All applicants will receive an emailed notice of the decisions.

If you are offered a NJSACC Afterschool Ambassador position and accept, you must be available for all mandatory events.

Orientation: Thursday October 20, 2011

To apply, complete the following steps: 1) complete the application; 2) submit the application and two (2) emails of reference sent directly to

Application Deadline: September 16, 2011
Position Notification via email by September 30, 2011

At-Risk Afterschool Meal Program SUMMIT – SAVE THE DATE

Friday, July 22nd, 2011


Please save the date and plan to join us on Friday, September 16th, from 8:30-11:30am for an At-Risk Afterschool Meal Program SUMMIT.

If you work with an afterschool program in an at-risk area and you’d like to be able to provide full meals for the youth, this is for you.

The At-Risk Afterschool Meal Program is a federal child nutrition program that’s new to New Jersey. If your afterschool program is eligible, you can get reimbursement from the federal government for providing full meals to your youth.

At this summit, we will learn more about the program, have ample time for Q&A, and work together to find solutions to some common barriers so that more afterschool programs can take advantage of this wonderful opportunity.

We have not yet finalized a location, but we are aiming to hold the summit in New Brunswick. Please save the date today!


If you have any questions or comments, you can reach Elizabeth at or 908-789-0259 x6.

The Anti-Bullying and Teasing Book For Preschool Classrooms: Train the Trainer

Thursday, July 21st, 2011


Training for Directors & Trainers:


Sponsored by: The New Jersey Child Care Training Program/

For more information contact:  Shantia Wilson at

Instructor: Dr. Blythe Hintz (Author of The Anti-Bullying and Teasing Book For Preschool Classrooms)

Register early, space is limited

Must pre-register – No Walk-ins

Register and pay online:

Date: Monday, August 15, 2011

Time: 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

Library Co. of Burlington
23 West Union Street
Burlington, NJ 08016
Fee: $30 (includes lunch, materials and the book)



Promising Practice in Afterschool Programs: Presentation by Neil Naftzger

Thursday, July 21st, 2011


On May 19, 2011, the New Jersey Department of Education sponsored the third annual “Soaring Beyond Expectations: An Afterschool Showcase” in support of quality afterschool and extended learning programs.

This showcase highlighted best practice methods implemented by the New Jersey 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) Programs during the 2010-2011 program year.

Neil Naftzger, senior research associate with American Institute for Research, opened the session with a presentation on promising practices in out-of-school-time programs based on an evaluation of 21st CCLC programs in New Jersey.

The Naftzger presentation is currently online at:

The showcase offered nine workshops and was open to any organization interested in providing afterschool, before school or summer programs as a strategy to improve youth knowledge and skills and engage youth in meaningful learning opportunities.

Additional Resources from the day can be found here: