Archive for July, 2012

OPEN FOR COMMENT: NJ’s Quality Standards for Afterschool

Monday, July 16th, 2012
After more than one year of hard work by our Quality Standards Committee, NJ’s Quality Standards for Afterschoolare available for your review and comments.The comment period will last until Friday, August 10, 2012.


Please click on this link and read the Introduction before giving comment!

The Standards are divided into seven major categories:

Please review and give us your comments.
We will review and incorporate this feedback as we develop the final draft for preliminary roll-out in Fall, 2012.

You may share your thoughts and comments anonymously, or enter your name and email address and you will be entered to win a free 2-day registration to the NJSACC’s 2012 Annual Afterschool Conference 2012, in Princeton, NJ.

Please comment on as many sections as you wish; however, you only will be entered once to win.

NJSACC Public School OST Roundtable

Monday, July 16th, 2012


NJSACC Public School OST Roundtable

When: August 16, 2012 from 10 a.m. to noon

Where: East Brunswick Public Schools Administration Building

                 760 Rt. 18, East Brunswick, NJ  08816

Who should attend:  Directors or managers of OST programs run by public school districts.  It is also recommended that Finance and Accounting personnel working with OST programs attend.

Items to be discussed:  Staffing, compensation, policies, pricing, program offerings, and other operational issues

Cost:  Free

How to reserve a spot:  Contact Scott Kominkiewicz ( from East Brunswick Public Schools to reserve seats for you and your colleagues.  You may call Scott at 732-613-6989 or Sandy Fehte from South Brunswick Public Schools at 732-297-7800, ext. 5167 if you have any questions.

Please reserve your place as early as possible.

Congratulations to New Jersey’s own Nyeema Watson! We are thrilled that she has been selected for the White-Riley-Peterson Policy Fellowship.

Monday, July 16th, 2012
Congratulations to New Jersey’s  own Nyeema Watson!
We are thrilled that she has been selected for the White-Riley-Peterson Policy Fellowship.  

Riley Institute at Furman selects first class of White-Riley-Peterson Policy Fellows


Fifteen leaders in the afterschool and expanded learning fields nationwide have been selected as White-Riley-Peterson Policy Fellows as part of a partnership between The Riley Institute at Furman University and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.  Beginning in October, the fellows will spend 10 months studying afterschool and expanded learning policy and developing state-level policy plans in partnership with their Statewide Afterschool Networks and the national Afterschool Alliance.

The 2012-2013 White-Riley-Peterson Policy Fellows come from such diverse states as Alaska, Hawaii, Alabama and Connecticut.

They are:

Paula Adams, Program Manager, Fun 5 Program, Kahoomiki (Honolulu, Hawaii)

Ken Anthony, Director of Professional Development, Connecticut Afterschool Network (Branford, Conn.)

Monica Armendariz, Director of Education/President BeHive USA/ Central Texas Afterschool (Austin, Texas)

Eric Billiet, Expanded Learning Education Specialist, Minnesota Department of Education (Roseville, Minn.)

Erin Bofenkamp, Director, South Dakota Afterschool Partnership (Sioux Falls, S.D.)

Sonja Currie, Program Administrator, 21st CCLC and LEAPS Program, Memphis City Schools (Memphis, Tenn.)

Blaire Denson, Director, Virginia Partnership for Out-of-School Time (Richmond, Va.)

Rebecca Kelley, Executive Director of Community Services, YMCA of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Katie Kross, Project Coordinator, Georgia Afterschool Investment Council (Atlanta, Ga.)

Cherry Penn, Afterschool/21st CCLC Programs Supervisor, Baldwin County Public Schools (Loxley, Ala.)

Michelle Rich, Senior Program Manager, SPPG State Public Policy Group (Des Moines, Iowa)

Amanda Scott Thomas, Education Policy Director, School’s Out Washington (Seattle, Wash.)

Nyeema Watson, Administrative Director, Center for Children and Childhood Studies at Rutgers University, Camden Campus (Camden, N.J.)

Julie Wild-Curry, Program Director, 21st CCLC, Community Afterschool Programs (Fairbanks, Alaska)

Nicole Wilkins, Senior Communications and Policy Associate, Massachusetts Afterschool Partnership (Boston, Mass.)

The fellowship is named for William S. White, president and CEO of the Mott Foundation; Richard W. Riley, former South Carolina governor and U.S. Secretary of Education under President Clinton; and Dr. Terry Peterson, national board chair with the Afterschool Alliance and a senior fellow at the College of Charleston.  The fellowship is made possible by a $200,000 grant awarded to the Riley Institute earlier this year by the Mott Foundation.

For more information, visit or contact Cathy Stevens at the Riley Institute, 864-294-3265 or