Archive for November, 2012

“Expanded Learning Opportunities: Afterschool and Summer Learning” Hearing

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Assemblywoman Connie Wagner and the Joint Committee on the Public Schools will host a full joint committee meeting on the topic of:

“Expanded Learning Opportunities:  Afterschool and Summer Learning” on December 12, at 10am.
NJSACC, The Statewide Network for New Jersey’s Afterschool Communities  is involved in the planning and presentation.

This meeting will be held in Committee Room 11 in the State House Annex, 135 West Hanover Street, Trenton, NJ 08625.

This event is open to the public.
Questions or comments please contact:
 Melanie Schulz, Executive Director
The Joint Committee On The Public Schools

Afterschool Meals Matter Conference Call

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

FRAC is hosting an Afterschool Meals Matter Conference Call tomorrow, November 28: “Simplify Paperwork and Administrative Requirements,” November 28th at 1 p.m. (EDT) – Click here to register.


Please save the dates for these upcoming webinars:

December 4th at 1 p.m. EDT: “Community Partnerships” (Summer)
December 19th at 1 p.m. “Build a Strong Afterschool Meal Program with School Nutrition Directors” (Afterschool)



SANDY Donations

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Since 1880, the NJ Division of The Salvation Army has been providing food for the hungry, companionship to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless, opportunities for underprivileged children, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled and many more services to those in need.The Salvation Army has several ways you can help those impacted by Hurricane Sandy:Christmas Gifts for Children:  A need coming up will be Christmas presents for the children aged birth to 14 years – those impacted by Sandy. Local agencies may buy gifts and get them unwrapped to Brenda at the address supplied below.  Agencies at a distance may donate gift cards from a variety of stores, and then these gift cards can either be given as gifts or used by staff to purchase specific gifts to be distributed at the
recovery sites.
Any gifts/gift cards would be sent to:
Ms. Brenda Beavers
The Salvation Army
NJ Divisional Headquarters
4 Gary Road
Union, NJ  07083
For any large quantities of unwrapped purchased gifts, please call
Divisional Headquarters first so that storage can be arranged ahead of
Food Drive via 
An individual or a group can set up a food drive on behalf of the New Jersey Division of The Salvation Army. The food items would be delivered here and disbursed to the various recovery sites.  This user-friendly website provides the way to set up a very simple project – no shipping or going out to shop involved and food will be an on-going need for some time.

Interested In Being Part of the Pilot: NJ’s Quality Standards for Afterschool

Thursday, November 29th, 2012
 The first edition of NJ’s Quality Standards for Afterschool is complete!

We now seek afterschool programs to use the Standards, the Assessment Tool and the related documents during the course of this school year and to give us feedback on what we developed.

Participating programs will:

  • Use the Quality Standards, Assessment Tool and related documents to assess their program and formulate a quality improvement plan
  • Complete several surveys (online) about their experience
  • Attend an in-person focus group meeting in Spring 2013 to discuss their experience
Programs that successfully complete the above requirements will receive a free 2-hour training at their program.  If you are interested in participating, please contact Lee McDermott Schaefer at by November 30.
Limited slots are available for this pilot project, so do not delay!

NAA is sponsoring a Gift Card Collection for Afterschool programs impacted by SANDY

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Dear NAA Members and Friends:

Our hearts are heavy as we see news reports about the devastating impacts of Hurricane Sandy along the East Coast.  As a Hurricane Katrina survivor I remember well those early days after the storm — surrounded by devastation and loss and wondering how and when recovery would happen.

I also remember well the outpourings of support our after school program leaders received from friends around the country and the world.  Those generous and thoughtful gifts were what sustained us and gave us the determination to build our programs back – stronger and better than ever.  And that’s why I would like to ask for your support now as we reach out and give hope to those program leaders working to rebuild and restart their programs and sites.

NAA is launching a “gift card” drive from now to December 1st to support afterschool programs impacted by Hurricane Sandy.  Gift cards can be purchased in any amount and for any store or online retailer.  Keep in mind those purchases that rebuilding programs might need – books, sports equipment and other basic supplies – when making your store selection.  All cards will be collected in our national headquarters and distributed to programs through our state affiliate leaders in the impacted areas.

I know firsthand the vital role afterschool programs can play in the rebuilding of schools, families and communities.  Please lend your support to this important effort.






Gina Warner

Executive Director



Please send your donations to:

National Afterschool Association
c/o:  Jonathan Clay
8400 Westpark Drive, 2nd Floor

McLean, VA 22102


Please do not send any donations of cash or goods.  Thank you!