Archive for September, 2011

Job Posting/ Trenton /AmeriCorps Position

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Family Engagement Specialist – AmeriCorps

Program Description:

The Get SET After School Program is five days per week for students in grades 1 to 8 with additional family programming offered in the evenings one night per week. In the 2010-2011 school year Get SET began to offer healthy snacks and increased physical activity in order to address our Healthy Kids Initiative. We have been able to improve upon this initiative by now offering healthy supper daily in addition to snack. We also offer music instruction including a special popular recorder workshop.  Regularly scheduled activities include homework tutoring, drama, hip hop dance instruction, technology program, photography, and physical fitness. One of our greatest accomplishments was the start of our Early Literacy Intervention for 1st to 4th grade students where children participate in small reading groups, receive one-on-one reading help or advanced readers participate in a book club.  Decoding and illustration of stories are emphasized with the younger students, while older children are supported with sight word recognition and reading comprehension.  Some of our past family programs have included English Language Learning classes and healthy cooking workshops.

Job Description:

The Family Engagement Specialist provides program support to the Get SET Director in the areas of tutoring, event planning for families and verbal communication with parents, students, volunteers, and partners regarding the need for effective, consistent parent involvement in their children’s education as well as extracurricular activities. Providing direct service in our after school program on a daily basis, the Family Engagement Specialist works closely with the all program participants and their families to engage them in meaningful activities including service learning projects and family workshops to benefit the community.  Many of our families’ native language is Spanish so cultural awareness and ability to suggest relevant workshops to a variety of ethnicities is crucial.  The Specialist should foster a safe and nurturing environment and ensure that sufficient resources and supplies are available to keep the program running smoothly.

Minimum Requirements
•    Love of children
•    Event management and planning
•    Some college experience preferred but not required
•    Pass mandatory child abuse background check and fingerprinting
•    Some physical activity – (Daily walk of approximately 5 blocks to pick up children at local school)

Service Hours
•    Monday through Friday – 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm with one evening per week until 8:30 pm

Primary Skills Required:
•    Effective Communication (Written / Oral) skills; ability to create and maintain professional relationships with key are organizations that will help promote student work and family involvement
•    Effective People skills:  working with paid staff , volunteers, partners, parents
•    Able to communicate the importance of family involvement; may require research on the subject

Additional Skills Desired:
•    Bilingual reading, writing and speaking Spanish/English is critical to the success of this position
•    Conflict Management / Conflict Resolution Skills
•    Cross-Cultural and Antiracism Training
•    Experience working with children
•    Able to coordinate recreational activities

Major Duties and Responsibilities:
•    Help with set up, break down and light cleaning of all program areas
•    Assist with walking the children from school
•    Help supervise the children and high school tutor/mentors
•    Assist in strengthening our partnership with parents and local schools by demonstrating professionalism and compassion with our stakeholders

Characteristics and qualifications strongly desired:
•    Self-starter
•    Knowledge and experience working with youth, their culture, youth counseling, adolescent psychological development, and program development.
•    Passion for reaching children, youth, and their families.
•    Maintains high energy, creativity and imagination.
•    Knows how to create healthy boundaries by establishing safe conditions & relationships.
•    Relates well to young people (perceptive and responsive to their needs) and those of their parents/guardians.
•    Willingness to work as a team with other staff members recognizing that every program must be supported by all staff members.
•    Able to handle individual and group differences within our urban multicultural community and among adults and youth in a positive, *care-fronting manner.   (*doesn’t avoid conflict but always fosters healthy relationships)
•    Demonstrates strong organizational and communication skills in working with children, youth and adults.


Westminster Community Life Center, Inc, 1140 Greenwood Ave., Trenton, NJ

CONTACT PERSON: Ayo Marie Johnson    PHONE #: 609-498-7419

NJSACC Afterschool CARES

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

 NJSACC Afterschool CARES

Now accepting applications for Year 3 of Service Learning Professional Development project.

 Afterschool CARES

NJSACC’s Afterschool CARES is a Service Learning Training project for afterschool programs.
The goal of the project is to train and support afterschool program staff to provide children with resources to engage in Service Learning in their communities.
During the Project year (October 2011-June 2012) participants will receive training on Service Learning and get regular support with resources, program visits, phone and email assistance.

The Afterschool CARES project will track and tally the service that the children across the state participate in as well as develop a data base of Service Learning activities for all Afterschool programs to utilize in the future.

Participation Requirements:

  • Interested programs must apply and meet all participation requirements
  • Mandatory attendance at project orientation, October 28, 2012 from

10 AM to 12 PM in Westfield, NJ

  • Regular inclusion of Afterschool CARES in programming for children
  • Schedule 5-7 hours of staff meeting time for Professional Development and Support
  • Completion of 2 Service Learning projects by June 30, 2012

In return, your program will receive:

  • The benefit of community awareness of the vital work your center does in providing care (free publicity),
  • 2 hours of free Professional Development for each afterschool staff member attending the October orientation meeting,
  • 6 hours of free Professional Development over the course of the project year for each afterschool SACC staff member participating in Afterschool CARES,
  • A certificate of participation in Afterschool CARES from NJSACC for your program,
  • Continuous and regular support to ensure completion of the project.

To Apply:



NAEYC: School-Age Accreditation Pilot

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

For a limited time, NAEYC is piloting an optional program that allows currently accredited programs to pursue accreditation for the school-age component of their program. Eligible programs may submit the School-Age Accreditation Request Form and applicable fee between September 1, 2011 and December 1, 2011 to have the school-age component of their program assessed by NAEYC.

Eligibility Requirements for Pilot Program:

Any NAEYC-Accredited program is eligible to participate in the School-Age Accreditation Pilot Program if it has one or more groups that serve school-age children that are eligible to be assessed by NAEYC. In order to be assessed by NAEYC, both of the following conditions must be true.
  • The group including school-age children operate before- and/or after-school
  • The majority of the children in the group(s) including school-age children are age 8 or younger

School-Age Accreditation Visit:

Eligible programs will receive a visit between September 1, 2011 and February 28, 2012. The visit for School-Age Accreditation will include an assessment of randomly selected group(s) that include school-age children. Groups will be assessed though observation using the universal criteria and potentially a subset of kindergarten criteria.
  • If all assessed groups meet at least 70% of the criteria assessed, the program’s NAEYC Accreditation will be expanded to include school-age children. To reflect this, the program’s NAEYC Accreditation Certificate will be modified.
  • If all assessed groups do not meet at least 70%of the criteria assessed, the program’s NAEYC Accreditation will be maintained but will not include the program’s school-age children.

Please note that if a violation of any required criterion were to be observed during the School-Age Accreditation visit, the NAEYC Academy would apply the Scope & Severity Screen in accordance with the Required Criteria Policy. This could result in the revocation of a program’s NAEYC Accreditation.


Ending Childhood Hunger Video Contest

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

We want to inform you about the US Department of Agriculture,  Food and Nutrition Service  Ending Childhood Hunger Video Contest that just launched.
The Contest is open to students from first grade through twelfth grade.  Students are being asked to create a video two minutes or less that answers the question, “What are you doing to end childhood hunger in your community?”
The videos can show current initiatives or innovative ideas that are tackling the problem of childhood hunger.

You can learn more by visiting the contest site at



Programs Announced for Supporting Student Success (s3) initiative:

Monday, September 26th, 2011
NJSACC, the Network for NJ’s Afterschool Communities, is pleased to announce that the following afterschool programs have been selected to participate in the
Supporting Student Success (s3)initiative:After School Youth Development Program — Newark
AtlantiCare Family Success Centers — Atlantic City
Impact 21/DASH — Rahway
Catholic Partnership Schools – SOAR Afterschool Program –Camden
Twilight Club — Mount Holly
Pembertown Township 21st Century Community Learning Center — Pemberton
Dream Rock Inc. — Camden
SisterHood Incorporated — Burlington
Education Works — Camden
Be Great Graduate — Clifton
South Brunswick Community Education Afterschool Program — South Brunswick
FEA 21st Century Community Learning Center (MS #4 &7) — Jersey City
Plainfield Public Schools 21st Century Community Learning Centers–Plainfield
The Work Family Connection-White House Station
New Jersey’s Supporting Student Success initiative, also called “s3”, is part of a larger national initiative funded by the C.S. Mott Foundation and coordinated by the
National Conference of State Legislatures, the National Governor’s Association Center for Best Practice and the Council of Chief State School Officers to explore how high quality afterschool programs can be better integrated with schools.  Projects are also underway in California, Connecticut, and Washington state.Here in NJ, NJSACC has developed an intensive 18 month pilot project exploring how afterschool programs can support Common Core implementation.
In addition to focusing on the skills identified by the Common Core, this pilot will also focus on the relationship between the afterschool program and the school principal.
Programs in the pilot will attend trainings, receive specialized technical assistance, and work collaboratively to identify best practices.

NJSACC: The Network  for New Jersey’s Afterschool Communities