Archive for September, 2012


Saturday, September 8th, 2012

Dear Colleagues,

It is my pleasure to invite you to attend the NJSACC Annual Conference. This year our conference will help you make your afterschool program even more valuable to children, youth and families with new, tools, activities and information on high quality expanded learning opportunities.

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. A special  track this year on STEM sponsored by The Garden State Girls STEM Collaborative.

Over the last few years, studies have been published linking high-quality afterschool programs to increased academic performance, increased attendance, and significant improvements in classroom behavior. In addition, it has been found that young people who participate in afterschool programs have a greater social competency, make friends and establish connections in the community more easily, and are far less likely to participate in risky behaviors. These findings are the result of the afterschool profession’s expertise in building skills in communication, problem solving, and teamwork. These skills are vital for young people to develop in order to enter today’s workforce. The afterschool schedule allows time for unique, hands-on activities to 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.

I look forward to seeing you, learning with you, and helping you develop more and better opportunities for New Jersey’s children. See you at the Conference!

Diane M. Genco
Executive Director


 This years funding provided by:


NJ Department of Human Services, Division of Family Development
as part of a Federal CCDF
Block Grant Earmark