Archive for March, 2012

Afterschool Hot Topics and Networking Forum in Monmouth County

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Professional Development to Fit your Needs

•Need fresh ideas for activities and projects?
•Getting ready for summer and need field trip ideas?
•Want to get the most out of staff meetings?
•Need to be creative with training due to budget restraints?
•Experiencing some challenging behaviors in your program?

Bring your questions to this unique Professional Development experience for Afterschool Providers.

This is a great opportunity to learn from each other, share resources and ideas and get inspiration from other providers in the area.
Get 1.5 hours of Professional Development.

There will be an opportunity to discuss Hot Topics and get questioned answered by colleagues in Afterschool.

This Forum is for directors as well as front line staff members.

Please bring a resource to share: A training idea, a project idea, a newsletter or story of a great experience in your program.

We look forward to the opportunity to share!

When: May 3, 2012
Where: Project Extend of Ocean Township
West Park Recreation Center
615 West Park Ave.
Oakhurst, NJ 07755

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 by Jane Sharp, NJSACC Afterschool Ambassador, Monmouth County


Make Service Count Challenge!

Thursday, March 15th, 2012
Students in Action of NJ, a program of the Jefferson Awards for Public Service, is looking for outstanding youth service projects in our Make Service Count Challenge!
Young people up to age 21 are eligible to receive a Youth Jefferson Award for projects that improve their schools, community and world.
Award Categories include:
  • Easing Hunger
  • Environment
  • Citizenship
  • Health and Wellness
  • Service to Youth
  • Peace and Justice
  • Community Improvement
Projects by individuals, teams, groups or entire schools are encouraged!
Visit or use this link to go the Make Service Count Challenge entry page:
Outstanding projects will be celebrated at two regional awards events:
May 5, 2012 at The State Museum, Trenton, NJ (South Jersey selections)
May 12, 2012 at The Newark Museum, Newark, NJ (North Jersey selections)
To see photos from last year’s awards programs, visit our photo page.
For more information, contact Karen Hatcher at or
Please share this information widely! Thank you.

PSEG funds NJSACC for Energizing Afterschool !

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

Energizing Afterschool: Partnership for Afterschool Quality

We are pleased to announce an exciting partnership between NJSACC, Public Service Enterprise  Group (PSEG) Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainability, and 3 afterschool programs in Salem and Gloucester County Areas, the Woodbury Child Development Corporation in Woodbury, the YMCA of Salem County in Carney’s Point and the John B. Campbell Center in Salem.

The Energizing Afterschool Partnership is a team approach to improving afterschool program quality. Each afterschool program will assemble a team to conduct a self study of their programs using the After-School Quality (ASQ) tool developed by the National Institute on Out of School Time (NIOST).

NJSACC will facilitate the partnership to help the afterschool programs creates a common vision for their program and a road map for how to achieve that vision.
ASQ is a five-step self-assessment process that helps to examine the quality of a program and then make changes that will lead to better practices and more positive youth outcomes.
The cornerstone of ASQ is a team approach. ASQ relies on the ideas and energy of program stakeholders which include the program staff, families, children, youth, program directors, boards of directors, and hosts.  All involved are invested, have a voice, and can help shape the solutions because ASQ includes everyone in program improvement.

The ASQ process is about change.
ASQ is based on the belief that the most successful program improvements happen when key stakeholders are involved in a slow, gradual change approach which will be more sustainable.  The ASQ process focuses on how one uses an instrument, who is involved in using it, and, most importantly, what is learned from the information gathered.
This leads to developing strategies for program improvement.

In addition to using the ASQ tool, NJSACC staff will provide support to individual sites to develop Program Improvement Plans based on the ASQ self-assessment.
NJSACC will support the programs to carry out the Program Improvement Plans via training on a variety of topics to compliment the Program Improvement Plans and a collection of resources that are available to NJSACC such as the 21st Century Afterschool Science Project (21st CASP), the Outdoors in the Garden State Activity kit, and  the National Project for Afterschool Science (NPASS) STEM Curriculums.

PSEG is generously providing mini grants to support of the Program Improvement Plan.

The process of ASQ lends itself to training afterschool programs to approach problem solving holistically as well as be diligent about consistent program improvement based on the needs of the program stakeholders. NJSACC will be the “guides by the side” to the programs, cognizant of each agencies Mission respectful of the individuality of the programs and help them to build and strengthen the vision of their organization.

 Energizing Afterschool kicked off on March 7 at the PSEG Environmental Education Center in Salem City with attendance from NJASCC, PSEG, United Way and Administration of the participating Afterschool programs.  Everyone is excited to get started and share the journey with the New Jersey Afterschool Community.


Pictured Below:

Dennis Groomes, Support Specialist, NJSACC
Michael Bower, Director of Development, United Way of Salem County
Tim Dolan, Executive Director, United Way of Salem County
Sarah Cruz, Director of Expanded Learning, NJSACC
Charles Washington Jr.,  Executive Director, John B. Campbell Center
Phyllis Folk, Executive Director, Woodbury Community Development Corporation

Sheila Rostiac, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, PSEG
Shauwea Hamilton, Manager, Community Affairs, PSEG

Diane Genco, Executive Director, NJSACC
Robert Butler, Executive Director, YMCA of Salem County

Bill Levis, President, PSEG Power

Design It! An Afterschool Engineering Program

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012



Design It! Afterschool STEM ProgramNow enrolling afterschool sites for the 2012-2013 school year.

Enrollment is now open for this full-year program that includes six engineering projects. Each of the six projects lasts approximately one month, with youth (ages 8-12) meeting in their “Junior Engineer” club once a week for the duration of the program. Selected Design It! projects for 2012-2013 include – Balls and Tracks, Gliders, Paper Bridges, Rubber Band-Powered Cars, Straw Rockets, and Trebuchets. Youth work in teams to design their project, test it, and make adjustments – repeating the process as they try to optimize their design.  Enrollment form and payment for the 2012-2013 school year are due June 8, 2012.  For more information, visit the program’s website

Rutgers Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development and the New Jersey School-Age Care Coalition (NJSACC), The Network for New Jersey’s Afterschool Communities, are proud to offer Design It!, an engaging, inquiry based, and fun STEM program designed specifically for afterschool. This comprehensive and high-quality program was developed by the Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) in Boston and the National Partnerships for After School Science (NPASS2) through the support of the National Science Foundation.

Rutgers 4-H and NJ SACC will provide (1) materials kits, (2) curricula guides, (3) three full-day professional development workshops, and (4) ongoing support and technical assistance to school and community based afterschool organizations who enroll by June 8.  See the website for details, enrollment packages and options, and an enrollment form. 

For questions regarding the program, contact Chad Ripberger, Rutgers 4-H,  For questions regarding enrollment and payment, contact Mike MacEwan, NJ SACC, (checks, purchase orders, and credit cards are accepted).


Can your agency provide healthy suppers to thousands of local youth in need?

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

Can your agency provide healthy suppers to thousands of local youth in need?

The At-Risk Afterschool Meal Program, a federal nutrition program for youth in need attending afterschool programs, is still new to our state.  NJSACC is working to build up our state infrastructure so more youth can gain access to healthy suppers through this program.

What we need:

Agencies that can act as “umbrella sponsors”

An “umbrella sponsor” administers the meal program for multiple afterschool programs.  The umbrella sponsor doesn’t need to have any prior connection to these afterschool programs.  Examples of umbrella sponsors are large social service agencies, school districts, or city recreation departments.

Here’s how it can work:

What you (the umbrella sponsor agency) provide:

-The administrative capacity to manage a meal program for hundreds or thousands of youth

-Payments to food vendors for the meals, which are later reimbursed (see below)

-Staff time to manage the meal program – about one full-time staff person for 40 afterschool program sites

-A small pot of start-up funding to initiate the program, and maybe a small pot of on-going funding, depending on your meal program’s “balance sheet”

-Training for participating afterschool programs in what their role will be

-Communication with food vendors – including negotiating meal costs and managing food quality

What you get:

-This is a federal nutrition program, and you’ll get reimbursed from the government at a rate of about $2.77 per meal served (this figure goes up each year).

-Because you’re serving so many meals, you can negotiate very good prices from food vendors.  Model umbrella sponsors from around the country are able to use the surplus to cover the costs of managing the meal program – both the cost of the food and the staff time – and they break even after finding that “magic balance.”  You may hit this point with around 40 afterschool program sites.

-If providing suppers to youth in need fits in with your agency’s mission, this is a great opportunity for you.  In addition, umbrella sponsors report getting excellent free press from serving this vital role in the community.

What NJSACC can help with:

-Recruiting afterschool program sites that you can sponsor

-Finding food vendors that work for you

-Applying for funding

-Connecting with successful umbrella sponsors from out of the state (and, as our owns state’s umbrella sponsor network grows, those from in state too) and other supportive resources

Is yours the agency we’re looking for?

Please call or email us to discuss the possibilities!

908-789-0259 – ask for Elizabeth or Lisa or