Archive for February, 2012

“PALS” Grants Available to enhance K-5 Environmental Education

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

“PALS” Grants Available to enhance K-5 Environmental Education

NJSACC has been parterning with The Alliance for New Jersey For Environmental Education (ANNJEE) for the past 4 years-to increase the connection of youth to nature in T\the Garden State.  This is a great opportunity for your afterschool program to apply for this grant and partner with a local informal learning, nature based organization to
Celebrate  Afterschool: Outdoors in the Garden State

Read brelow about this great opportunity  for your program , funded by PSEG Foundation

Do you have a creative, viable idea for a partnership between non-formal environmental education providers and K-5 pre-service or practicing teachers?

Will your partnership result in authentic learning (“learning by doing”) for students, and increase the sustainability of New Jersey communities?

For the second year in a row, the Alliance for New Jersey Environmental Education (ANJEE), in partnership with the PSEG Foundation, will be providing competitive grants of $5,000-$15,000 to achieve this goal, through the PSEG-ANJEE Learners in Sustainability (PALS) program.

Eligible applicants may include: public, private and charter elementary schools; colleges and universities with teacher education programs; informal educational facilities and institutions, such as museums, nature centers and parks; after-school and early childhood education programs; and, business and government entities.







Job Posting

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

ASPIRA, Inc. of New Jersey

Newark, New Jersey 07104

Bilingual Social Worker –MSW ( Spanish/English)

ASPIRA of New Jersey will be hiring staff for newest evidence based program that has been launched in October 2011 at one of the elementary school in the City of Newark. The candidates must demonstrated sensitivity to the needs of economically and educationally disadvantage youth. The Social Worker will be will be responsible to facilitate weekly theme-centers group discussion, provide case-management, short-term counseling, and crisis intervention for youth and families. Required qualifications included to be bilingual (English and Spanish), must be a certified social worker with a MSW. Wage rate: commensurate with qualifications. Hours: Primarily Monday thru Friday (3:00pm to 5:00pm). If you are interested please email your resume to or fax (973) 484-0184.

Families Want Children to be Safe in Child Care

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

Help Needed: New Background Check Bill!

Last week, Representative Gwen Moore (D-WI) introduced H.R. 3829, the Child Care Accountability and Responsibility Act of 2012 or (CARE for Kids Act), which calls on states to require a criminal background check against federal and state records, as well as a check of the sex offender, child abuse and neglect registries for employees of child care providers, family child care providers, and adults who reside in the private residences of family child care providers in States that receive funds from the Child Care and Development Block Grant Program, and for other purposes. Now, it is our job to try to urge Members in the House to cosponsor the bill!

Children ought to be safe in child care. Parents logically assume that a child care license means child care providers have had a background check. In New Jersey, fingerprint-based criminal background checks are only required for all staff working with children in child care centers.
New Jersey has no legislative protection for children who are cared for in family child care homes. Since New Jersey has a voluntary registration law, most citizens incorrectly assume that children in the care of a State-registered provider or a provider who is reimbursed for child care through State funds has, at a minimum, had an appropriate criminal background check.

Taxpayer dollars should not be used to pay convicted felons or sex offenders to care for children. The Moore bill will put a stop to that practice.

Take Action Now!


today to send an e- letter to your representative and ask him/her to cosponsor H.R. 3829, the CARE for Kids Act introduced by Rep. Moore (D-WI).

Thank you for your efforts to protect children!

NACCRRA, the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies




FREE February Webinar: Engaging Underserved Youth: Strategies for Family Involvement

Monday, February 6th, 2012

NJSACC is proud to offer to NJ as a part of their partnership with  the National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP)  check out FREE NGCP February Webinar:

Engaging Underserved Youth: Strategies for Family Involvement

February 22, 2012
11:00 AM-12:00 PM Pacific/ 2:00-3:00 PM Eastern

Research findings consistently illustrate a strong relationship between family involvement and positive youth outcomes.
Family involvement has been shown to be especially important in engaging Latino/a youth in educational opportunities.

This webinar is a collaboration between the
National Girls Collaborative Project
and the Computer Science Collaboration Project
and will highlight current research and practical examples of family engagement from Washington MESA’s Acceso a la Ciencia (Access to Science) project, working with Latino communities in rural eastern Washington.



Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program

Monday, February 6th, 2012

Has your message of community service and volunteering resonated with a young boy or girl in your program? If so, consider nominating him or her for Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program. This year, Kohl’s will award more than 2,200 kids with over $440,000 in scholarships and prizes.

Among the requirements:

  • Nominees must be between the ages of 6 and 18, but not a high school graduate as of March 15.
    Nominees must be a legal U.S. resident of a state in which a Kohl’s store is located.
  • Nominees’ volunteer actions must be described in detail and should document efforts above and beyond what is expected for a child of his or her age.
  • The volunteer efforts must have occurred in the past year.

The deadline to apply is March 15.

For complete rules and prize information and to access the nomination form, go