Archive for January, 2012

Team Building Training

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

It’s true, a team that plays together stays together. Teambuilding with staff and kids can be challenging, but should be fun. You will leave with easy teambuilding activities to bring to your staff and kids. Come to this hands on workshop dressed to play and have fun.

When: March 28, 2012

Where: Folwell Elementary School

455 Jacksonville Rd, Mount Holly NJ 08060

Time: 7 PM-8:30 PM

Cost: $15

To Register, CLICK HERE 

For Registration Details, invoice, information or other questions, please contact Jessica Heiberg at 908-789-0259

This Training is Hosted Maria Rivera-Butler, NJSACC Afterschool Ambassador for Burlington County.

Promoting Positive Behavior Training

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Afterschool, Before School and Summer programs have a great “out of school” challenge when it comes to children’s behavior. Kids want to have fun and often cross the line with negative behaviors. This workshop will explore reasons for negative behavior and discuss establishing a framework that promotes positive behavior and constructive discipline.

When: Tuesday April 17, 2012
Where: Brick Township Board of Education’s BEST Program
224 Chambers Bridge Rd, Brick, NJ 08723

Time: 7 PM-8:30 PM

To Register: CLICK HERE

Time: Cost: $15 (light refreshments will be served)


For Registration Details, invoice, information or other questions,please contact Jessica Heiberg at 908-789-0259

This training is hosted by Ellen Tyndall, NJSACC Afterschool Ambassador, Ocean County

Meet the Ambassador: Thea Pace

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Thea Pace

Monmouth County Afterschool Ambassador

Champions Extended LearningTM ,a member of the Knowledge Universe Family

“I would like more communities and professionals to recognize the benefits of a quality after school program. All too often programs are regarded as “babysitting”, and it often is, or can be, so much more. Providing an environment where children are inspired to learn, create and play should be a priority to all child care providers. “

Meet Thea, an NJSACC Afterschool Ambassador for Monmouth County:

Thea Pace has been working as a school-age child care professional for over 7 years as the Champions Area Manager for Marlboro Township’s Extended Learning and Science programs.  Champions is a member of the Knowledge Universe (KU) family (KinderCare, Knowledge Beginnings, Cambridge, Champions and Children’s Creative Learning Centers).  Serving over 500 students ages 5-13, the Champions Extended Learning Program in Marlboro Township (before and after school) is available in all 8 of the district’s schools. TheChampions Science programs operate in the district’s 5 elementary schools.  Thea is actively involved in the Marlboro Township community –serving on the Safe Schools Task Force and as a Trustee for the Marlboro Educational Foundation.  She was recently appointed to KU’sSchool Advisory Council –made up of the best performing school leaders from all KU companies in the United States.  Prior to working as a child care professional, Thea had a long tenure in the not-for-profit sector working in social services, the arts and education, most notably as an Account Manager and Associate Director for Marketing at Columbia Business School’s Division of Executive Education.  She graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications with a degree in Writing for the Media, and completed continuing education classes in Higher Education Administration at Baruch College and Teacher’s College, Columbia University.  Thea and her husband Michael reside in Marlboro, New Jersey, and have four children.

Thea, along with co-county Ambassador Jane Sharp will be coordinating a training opportunity open to any afterschool provider in Monmouth County.  Please contact them at if interested in more information or sharing resources about Afterschool in the Monmouth County Community.

Interested in learning more about being an Afterschool Ambassador? CLICK HERE

Celebrate Afterschool! Outdoors in the Garden State

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Celebrate Afterschool! Outdoors in the Garden State

NJSACC: The Network for New Jersey’s Afterschool Communities encourages afterschool programs to take advantage of all that the Garden State has to offer and get their children outside to explore the flora and fauna, animals and landscapes of New Jersey.

About Celebrate Afterschool! Outdoors in the Garden State:

Celebrate Afterschool! Outdoors in the Garden State is an event in its fourth year that helps to bring children in afterschool programs outside and connect them with their communities through meaningful and fun activities throughout the year.  We Celebrate our efforts in the month of April with concentrated events and activities all about Nature.

To get kids outdoors more or even bring nature in, NJSACC has created a resource booklet for providers that list easy, inexpensive activities that can connect children with nature in categories like Trees and Leaves and Nature Art. There are lists of field trips and enrichment program resources for providers as well as nature fun facts and nature experiments that can be done in only a few minutes.

Celebrate Afterschool! is a month long community celebration of children and nature.

NJSACC asks Afterschool programs across the state spend the month of April outside and bringing Nature inside!

The Benefits of Outdoor and Nature Play in Afterschool Programs

“In Afterschool, we have the children from 3:00 to 6:00 PM, prime time for outdoor play and we have a captive audience that we can explore the fascinating wonder of nature,” says Diane Genco, Executive Director of NJSACC.

Afterschool programs expand children’s connection with nature because quality programs bring children outside to play on a daily basis. Given more time than in-school recess, the lengthened outdoor play time during afterschool programs can promote exercise, expression and exploration. It doesn’t matter if the program is in the city, country or suburb; when outside, children can benefit simply from the sunshine, fresh air, bright colors of nature and the fluffs of clouds.

Nature exploration and outdoor play benefit children in many ways, including promoting physical and cognitive development, promoting positive behavior and education. Nature play assists in developing children’s visual-spatial skills, improves powers of observation and creativity and helps to improve concentration.

Celebrate Afterschool! Outdoors in the Garden State Shines a Spotlight on Quality Afterschool

Celebrate Afterschool! Outdoors in the Garden State is also a tool to build lasting public support for affordable, high-quality afterschool programs across New Jersey. Led by a public-private partnership, the events that Celebrate Afterschool help to build public awareness and support; offers guidance for parents, providers and advocates; strengthens relationships with policymakers, funders, and practitioners to share best practices.

Since the inception of Celebrate Afterschool! Outdoors in the Garden State, providers are doing more activities that connect children with nature and many programs have signed on toCelebrate Afterschool! joining in the weeklong Celebration with activities in their communities.

NJSACC developed an Event Planning kit to guide afterschool programs on how to Celebrate Afterschool with a sample Press release and invitation letters for community leaders and celebration ideas.

If you would like support in using the resource guide, planning an event or connecting to a community organization to partner for programming and field trips, contact: Sarah Cruz

Highlights from Celebrate Afterschool 2011

More resources and events for April’s Celebration:

The Children & Nature Network: Let’s G.O.! = healthy people + healthy communities

Adventures in Peacemaking Training

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

In this conflict resolution workshop, participants will be provided with tools and skill development that will help children to deal with conflict effectively and without violence.

When: Tuesday March 20, 2012

Where: DASH, Impact 21

501 East Hazelwood Ave.

Rahway, NJ

Time: 7PM-8:30 PM

Cost: $15 (light refreshments will be served)


For Registration Details, invoice, information or other questions, please contact Jessica Heiberg at 908-789-0259

To Register: CLICK HERE

This training is hosted by Sharon Towler, NJSACC Ambassador, Union County.

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