Archive for March, 2012

Project Earth Contest

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

On behalf of Project Earth® (, I am pleased to invite the NJSACC  Network to be a part of the
2012 US. Earth Day and 2012 World Environment Day Contests.

The contest objective is to promote the exchange of ideas among schools, classrooms, and students globally to help solve environmental problems.  The contests are open to any student, teacher, class, or school ages 4-18 (grades K-12) participating in an environmental project or activity. Further details are attached and can also be found at

One nation-wide project entry from each K-5, 6-8, and 9-12 grade category will be selected as a winner to the 2012 US. Earth Day Contest. Every contest project entry will also be considered for the International 2012 World Environment Day Contest.

For the 2012 World Environment Day Contest, winners will be recognized from every country by global leaders including Maurice Strong, Secretary General of the 1992 Earth Summit, in conjunction with the United Nation’s 2012 Rio +20 Conference on Sustainable Development in June 2012 at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

  • Entries for the 2012 US Earth Day Contest are due by April 15th, 2012.
  • Entries for the 2012 International World Environment Day Contest are due by June 5th, 2012.

Participation on Project Earth is free and only requires an internet connection and the willingness to share. Since its launch in January 2010, Project Earthhas grown to include over 1,100 environmental projects from 78 countries with thousands of participating teachers and students. Through Project Earth’s Google translate function, schools can share their innovative projects and exchange ideas in their native languages.

Our vision is to have schools from every country sharing their ideas and projects, creating a global community that can make a substantial difference in the way we view the environment in the future. We invite you to share your environmental projects with others and to widen our collective knowledge.

The Project Earth Team looks forward to your participation and we hope that you will share this information with your school teacher and student networks.

If you have any questions or would like more information about Project Earth, please feel free to contact me via email at:

Best regards,

Valerie Neilson

Project Earth Team

Training: Growing Up WILD

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Growing Up WILD is an early childhood education program that builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature, and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them.

Using a wide range of activities and experiences, Growing Up WILD provides a foundation for developing positive impressions about the natural world, as well as lifelong social and academic skills.

The Division of Fish & Wildlife in partnership with NJSACC: The Network for New Jersey’s Afterschool Communities and The Salvation Army, NJ Division, is offering a professional development workshops for early childhood educators in using Growing Up WILD.

The workshop fosters confidence in early childhood educators to lead outdoor explorations by providing ready-made activities, easily digestible background information, and field investigation opportunities that correlate with the activities.

Each participant gets the activity guide, which is written especially for early childhood educators of children aged 3-7.

The activity guide, Growing Up WILD: Exploring Nature with Young Children:

* Is written especially for early childhood educators of children ages 3-7.
* Features 27 field-tested, hands-on, nature based activities in a full-color 11”x17” activity guide.
* Includes crafts, art projects, music, conservation activities, reading and math connections and much more.
* Involves social, emotional, physical, language, and cognitive domains to help foster learning and development in all areas.
* Supports developmentally appropriate practice allowing children to learn at levels that are individually, socially, and culturally appropriate.
* Is correlated to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Standards and the Head Start Domains.

$10 per person Cash or Check only! Sorry no purchase orders
Age Target: 3 years to 7 years of age
Breakfast, Lunch and each participant gets the activity guide
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
The Salvation Army, NJ division
4 Gary Road
Union, NJ 07083

Telephone: 908-789-0259, NJSACC with questions

Training is limited to 25 .

To Register, click on link below:

FREE WEBINAR: Afterschool Youth Outcomes: Achieving Success

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

As a benefit of  NJSACC, being part of the Statewide Afterschool Networks ( SAN)  NJSACC is proud to offer you :

Afterschool Youth Outcomes: Achieving Success

Date:     Tue, Mar 13, 2012
Time:     11:00 AM EDT
Duration:     1 hour


Meeting Description:
Presenters: Sanjiv Rao, New York State Afterschool Network and Yvonne Brathwaite, Partnership for After School Education

Please join us March 13th for the fifth in a series of webinars sponsored by the Northeast Networks Group, a collaboration between the Statewide Afterschool Networks (SANs) in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont.

This webinar will introduce participants to PASE’s Afterschool Youth Outcomes Inventory, a comprehensive tool for afterschool practitioners to use in assessing and articulating their programs’ impact on youth that captures a wide range of youth outcomes, indicators and measurement tools.
By the end of the webinar,:

  • participants will have an increased understanding of positive afterschool youth outcomes
  • will better understand how to communicate afterschool youth outcomes to stakeholders
  • will have increased knowledge of available outcomes measurement tools.


Please Note:
Registering for the webinar will give you access to the webinar online (you will receive an email with the web site information). Once you log into the webinar web site, you will also need to call into the following number to hear the audio portion.



NJSACC is 30 years old! Come celebrate with us!

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

 Guess What?

NJ’s only statewide afterschool network is 30 years old!

 Save the Date and stay tuned for more information to come soon.

When : May 16th, 2012 from 1pm-4:30pm
Where: Digiplex Rialto Theater in Westfield, New Jersey
Cost:    Free -be our guest

A private screening of the documentary film  Brooklyn Castle

Brooklyn Castle Trailer

This is  a documentary about Intermediate School 318 – a junior high where more than 65 percent of students are from homes with incomes below the federal poverty level that also happens to have the best junior high school chess team, bar none, in the country. The team wins almost every tournament in which they compete (they have more national titles than any other middle school in the U.S.), and regularly defeats schools that have resources I.S. 318 could only dream about. I.S. 318 is home to some of the highest rated young players in the country – in fact, if Albert Einstein, who was rated 1800, were to join the team, he’d only rank fourth. Chess is the cornerstone of I.S. 318’s vibrant roster of afterschool programs, and it has transformed the school from one cited in 2003 as a “school in need of improvement” to one of New York City’s most thriving. Assistant Principal John Galvin credits chess and the school’s more than 40 other afterschool classes – as well as its tireless, dedicated staff – with achieving this sea change, and creating a “culture of success” at I.S. 318.


Come celebrate afterschool in New Jersey with NJSACC .

  • See the film.
  • Meet the filmmakers
  • Have some popcorn
  • Participate in the rich  discussion to follow the film
  • Network
  • Reception


Our partners to date:


Please Comment on The Proposed Regulation Admendments ! Shaping NJ

Thursday, March 1st, 2012


 NJSACC is a partner of Shaping NJ.
It is critical that  if  you care about the health of the children and youth in your afterschool program that you take a moment to:

  • READ

  on these   proposed regulation amendments.

Dear ShapingNJ Partners:

Child care is a critical setting for influencing a young child and their families related to healthy eating and regular physical activity. Unfortunately, New Jersey has the highest documented rate of obesity in the nation for low income children ages 2 – 5.

In 2010, with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Communities Putting Prevention to Work – State and Territorial Initiatives), the New Jersey Department of Health & Senior Services collaborated with the Department of Human Services, Division of Family Development and the Department of Children & Families, Office of Licensing as well as child care partners to strengthen regulations that have real potential to influence New Jersey’s childhood obesity rates. Simultaneously in a pilot project in every county across the state, child care providers were trained on evidence-based standards for nutrition, physical activity, TV viewing limitations and breastfeeding support.

I am pleased to report that the proposed regulation amendments are posted in the NJ register and on the Department of Children & Families, Office of Licensing web page today for a 60-day comment period. The rule proposals can be found at
Within the document (page 1) you will find instructions for submitting comments to these proposed amendments in writing by the April 21, 2012 deadline.
As always, much appreciation for your hard work and commitment!

Thank you,

Peri L. Nearon, MPA
Director, Office of Nutrition & Fitness
Division of Family Health Services
Department of Health & Senior Services
50 East State Street
P.O. Box 364
Trenton, NJ 08625-0364
(609) 984-9384 – phone
(609) 292-9599 – fax