Archive for September, 2011

Winners of Lights On Event!

Monday, September 26th, 2011

The 12th annual Lights On Afterschool is October 20, 2011

NJSACC is sponsoring a special event this year in celebration of the Afterschool Year of Science. and Lights On Afterschool!

3 programs were drawn out of a   hat  to send staff and youth to the Thomas Edison National Historical Park to celebrate Lights On Afterschool: NJ !

Imagine your day ending at sunset.

Life without music, motion pictures, radio. Life without light itself.

Our modern lives began at the turn of the century in West Orange, New Jersey. The Laboratory and home of Thomas Edison, stopped in time, continue to teach a new generation.
What a great place to celebrate Lights On! NJ

And the winners are:

C.A.M.P. Youth Development Program Corp.

Catholic Partnership Schools SOAR

Redwood Elementary School

Thanks to all of you who entered the contest.


AmeriCorps Staff Available

Monday, September 26th, 2011


New Jersey After 3 is seeking public schools or non profit agencies to become AmeriCorps Host Sites.  AmeriCorps is a great way to supplement your staff with talented individuals with three major benefits:

*Low Cost: AmeriCorps member at a cost of $3,300 per 900 hour member (equivalent to $3.66 per hour).  Discounted matching rates are available for programs who participate in NJA3’s training/professional development programs.

*Program Content: AmeriCorps members plan community 5 service projects and 1 event to benefit your students, school and community. They are assigned as service learning ambassadors to bring resources to your program such as, materials and a mini- grant to support activities leading up to Global Youth Service Day, as well as new and exciting curricula materials focused on STEM, Literacy, Numeracy and Youth Development.

*Program Support:  An AmeriCorps position consists of a 900-hour term of service that runs from September to June.  The recommended work schedule for members is Monday – Friday, 1:00 – 6:00 pm (25 hours per week), so they provide your Site Coordinator/Manager with critical extra support.

New Jersey After 3 is responsible for the administration of the program.  For more information or to become a host agency please contact Sabrina Nelson at 732-246-7956 or

Great News! New Hotel Rate for Conference now $119 per night

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Great News! New Hotel Rate for Conference  now $119 per night

Registration is now open for NJ’s only Afterschool Conference, presented by NJSACC: The Network for New Jersey’s Afterschool Communities.

Think Globally Act Locally

This year’s conference celebrates embedding global awareness in afterschool and extended learning opportunities to help NJ’s youth develop the knowledge and skills they need to function as workers, citizens, and fulfilled individuals in an increasingly interconnected world.

This conference is funded in part by the:
*NJ Department of Human Services, Division of Family Development as part of a Federal CCDF Block Grant Earmark
*Federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended (Title IV, Part B of No Child Left Behind), 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant funds awarded to the NJ Department of Education

Conference Location and Accommodations:

The Marriott Princeton Hotel and
Conference Center at Forrestal

100 College Road East, Princeton, NJ 08540

Room Rates: $119  per night
Room Reservations:
Reservations must be made by individual attendees directly with Marriott reservations at (800) 228-9290 or (609) 452-7800. Room reservations must be made on or before Friday, November 4, 2011.
When you call make sure to mention the NJSACC Conference and the dates of the conference in order to receive the conference rate.

Strengthening Families in K-3 Education – FirstSchool Design Guide

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Strengthening Families in K-3 Education – FirstSchool Design Guide

 FirstSchool, a PreK-3rd partnership housed at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, published the FirstSchool Design Guide to help communities develop optimal indoor and outdoor learning environments for children ages three to eight.
The guide’s values, design principles and recommendations include a focus on creating environments that encourage strong relationships with families.

Take a look , much is applicable to your afterschool program  …to build strong relationships with families.



Join us in expanding school breakfast across New Jersey.

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

An Invitation from ACNJ:

Join us in expanding school breakfast across New Jersey.
NJSACC will be there, will you?

On Sept. 28, ACNJ will release a report that shows how school districts across the state can give children a nutritional start to the school day with a healthy school breakfast. New Jersey lags the nation in providing breakfast to disadvantaged students.

Register today for this free event.


NJ Department of Children and Families Commissioner Allison Blake will join ACNJ in calling on school districts to take creative steps to give children school breakfast.

Please join us in advancing this important issue at the local, county and state levels.