Archive for September, 2012

NJSACC Annual Afterschool Conference: Workshops Not To Be Missed

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012
NJ’s Statewide Afterschool Network’s 
Afterschool Conference 

Conference 2012 FINAL

 The conference this year, Expanded Learning & Afterschool: Opportunities for Student Success, celebrates the important role that high quality afterschool programs play in engaging young people in learning opportunities that build and expand upon the school day – supporting collaboration, youth development, and the problem-solving skills necessary for them to thrive both academically and socially.

apply, reinforce, and extend the concepts taught in school. The aim of this year’s conference is to provide you with a multitude of ideas to bring back to your afterschool programs that will further support your students on the road to success.

Workshops Not To Be Missed!


Extended Learning Time: Research and Resources

Confused about Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO) and Extended Learning Time (ELT)? Want to learn about research and resources related to policy initiatives and resource allocation for ELT and ELO? This workshop presented by The Finance Project will provide answers, research and resources that support ELT and Extended Day Initiatives and Afterschool and ELO. This workshop is designed for:  policymakers, schools, nonprofit leaders and afterschool providers
Shawn Stelow, Program Manager of Training and Technical Assistance, The Finance Project, Washington, DC

Afterschool in Education Innovation and Reform 

NJSACC  is pleased to be able to gather leaders from the field to discuss reform initiatives, promote collaboration and innovation, and lead the afterschool community with a powerful voice to make change in the lives of young people. With the creation of the Common Core Standards, Race to the Top, 21st CCLC, Promise Neighborhoods, and other funding initiatives, it is imperative as afterschool professionals to ask what role we can play in reform movements. What implications do reform movements have on the afterschool field?  We welcome you to be part of the conversation.

Ellen Gannett, Director, National Institute on Out-of-School Time, Wellesley Centers for Women, Wellesley College, Wellesley MA
Susan Martz, NJ Department of Education, Office of Student Support Services
Dr. Mary Reece, NJ Principals and Supervisors Association 

Discussion facilitated by:
Dr. Adrian K  Haugabrook, Vice President, Enrollment Management and Student Success, Chief Diversity Officer Wheelock College, Boston, MA, and former Chair of National AfterSchool Association

Expanded Learning: Opportunities for Partnerships with a New Twist and a New Name 

Rather than resist the changing landscape, afterschool providers have an opportunity to bring their rich history and expertise to the newELO partnership movement, creating new learning opportunities for children. Attend this session and gain historical knowledge from the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST). If your afterschool program is accustomed to working independently, ELOs present opportunities for working together on planning, resource development, instruction, data sharing and professional development that can truly benefit children and their families.
Ellen Gannett, MS Ed, Director, NIOST, Wellesley, MA

Supporting Student Success: A Year of Deliberate/Intentional Programming 

For one year, 14 diverse programs across NJ participated in a National Project on Supporting Student Success (S3). Using the newly adapted Common Core State Standards, programs discovered the importance of out of school time programs in the academic success of the children they serve. Programs experienced improved relationships with the schools of the children they serviced and met challenges in implementing programs and activities that intentionally aim to address academic success.

Hear from a panel about their stories of success, challenges and discoveries on the importance of Afterschool Programs and Student Achievement.  Learn how your program can make the case for the importance of Afterschool in Student Success.

Sarah Cruz, Director of Expanded Learning Opportunities, NJSACC, Westfield
S3 Pilot Sites Presenters:

Sheila Barry: South Brunswick Community Education Afterschool Program — South Brunswick
Joshua Besserman: Pembertown Township 21st Century Community Learning Center— Pemberton
Dr. Mary Reece, FEA 21st Century Community Learning Center (MS #4 &7) — Jersey City

Special Guest:
Katherine Nielson, Policy Analysis , Education Division, National Governors Association

Summer Learning 

The National Summer Learning Association has conducted site visits and interviews with 25 summer learning programs to bring to life their unique program practices in working with middle school and high school youth. Learn the best practices framework and discuss ideas to take back to your program.  The workshop will introduce participants to a free resource–NSLA’s Guide to Best Practices in Summer Learning Programs for Middle and High School Youth. This electronic publication combines research on best practices with program examples and embedded video and will help you bring these programs to life.

Katie Willse, Senior Director, Community Initiatives, National Summer Learning Association, Baltimore, MD

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Provide Your Feedback: Brief Survey on Afterschool Meals & Snacks

Monday, September 24th, 2012



Over 12 million children are at risk of going hungry each day in America.
The Afterschool Alliance, one of the nation’s leading voices in afterschool advocacy, has recognized that afterschool programs can and do play an important role in combating hunger by promoting healthy lifestyles in part by providing a nutritious snack or meal in the afternoon or breakfast in the morning.
Please help the Afterschool Alliance better understand the landscape around providing meals before and after school by completing this survey. The survey should only take around 8 minutes to complete, but its impact could be great.
The survey must be completed by 11:59 PM on Friday, September 28th.
For more information on afterschool meals, nutrition education and physical activity in the afterschool setting check out of the Afterschool Alliance’s Active Hours Afterschool. You can also contact NJSACC’s Program Coordinator VISTA, Emily Kilroy, for New Jersey resources and information – or908-789-0259.
Questions about the survey? Email the Afterschool Alliance

Lego Children’s Fund

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Lego Children’s Fund

The LEGO Children’s Fund will provide quarterly grants for programs, either in part or in total, with a special interest paid to collaborative efforts and in providing matching funds to leverage new dollars into the receiving organization. The primary areas the fund supports are: Early childhood education and development that is directly related to creativity; and Technology and communication projects that advance learning opportunities.  Each grant will be subject to a specified time frame for completion.



Grant Guidelines:

The LEGO Children’s Fund will provide quarterly grants for programs, either in part or in total, with a special interest paid to collaborative efforts and in providing matching funds to leverage new dollars into the receiving organization. We will give priority consideration to programs that both meet our goals and are supported in volunteer time and effort by our employees.

The Foundation awards grants to qualified tax-exempt organizations (as determined under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue code) including educational organizations as defined in USC 26 § 170 (C) with specific, identifiable needs primarily in these areas of support:

  • Early childhood education and development that is directly related to creativity
  • Technology and communication projects that advance learning opportunities

Grant-seekers must also be aware of what the LEGO Children’s Fund does not support as identified in the Areas of Exclusion.

Interested parties must complete an eligibility quiz, be approved and invited to submit a grant proposal as specified in our Application Procedures.

Grant Amounts:

There are no restrictions on grant amounts up to the quarterly allocation. Typical awards, however are between USD $500 and USD $5,000.

Funds not allocated in a given quarter will be available for grants in subsequent quarters.

Grant Time Limit:

Each grant will be subject to a specified time frame for completion. One appeal to this time frame may be requested due to mitigating circumstances.  This appeal will be to the Grant Administrator.

Geographic Limitations:

While our main interests are local, there are no restrictions based on geography. The LEGO Children’s Fund supports local and national programs in the United States.  Applications from Connecticut and Western Massachusetts may be given preferential consideration, as this is where we have established North American headquarters and where our employees live, but applications from other geographical areas will not be excluded.


School Garden Grants from Whole Kids Foundation

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012
School Garden Grants  
from Whole Kids Foundation 

Whole Kids Foundation

The next round of applications for the 2013 Whole Kids Foundation School Grant Program will be open on October 1st. You only have a month to apply since the application closes October 31st – so act now!


To be eligible for the $2000 School Garden Grant, an applicant must be a nonprofit K-12 school (public, private or charter – elementary, middle or secondary) and/or a 501(c)(3) organization that is developing or currently maintaining a garden project on school grounds that will engage children with fresh fruits and vegetables.

Recipients will be announced mid-Spring 2013. The School Garden Grant Program is done in collaboration with Food Corps.


Strike A Cord

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012
90.7 FM and 
WFUV is a National Public Radio affiliate station based in New York City.
WFUV has a Public Service Campaign called
“Strike a Chord.” 

The goal is to spotlight issues important to communities throughout the
Tri-State area and the nation, from the environment, to health care to veterans affairs.  Their focus this season is “afterschool programs”
 By focusing on a specific issue each quarter, WFUV hopes to make a big difference in raising awareness about important matters, getting people more involved in their communities and simply letting people know help is out there.

A vital part of the “Strike a Chord” campaign is a series of public service announcements that will air along with news stories and other programming.   They are especially interested in connecting their  listeners with volunteer opportunities. (Remember if you request volunteers your program needs to conduct background checks! This is not the responsibility of the station.)
The PSA are offered FREE.
It is an easy application -click here to apply forFREE PSA.
For more information about the campaign, or to apply for a PSA, you can check out

Listening area in New Jersey:
 Bergen, Hudson, Essex and Union counties
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