Archive for March, 2013

E-mail Your Senators & Tell Them to Support Afterschool Programs During the Budget Process!

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Email your senators now & tell them to support afterschool programs during the budget process.

This week, the Senate is expected to vote on a budget resolution for 2014. This vote is important—the resolution serves as a blueprint for Congressional committees on spending decisions for programs next year.

Sen. Boxer is offering an amendment to the Senate Budget Resolution to support funding for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) initiative—the only federal program dedicated exclusively to fund afterschool, before-school and summer learning programs.

Take Action! Your senators need to hear from you as soon as possible. Send an email asking them to support the Boxer Amendment on 21st CCLC to protect funding for community programs that help families and children.

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Important! Access the NJSACC: Statewide Afterschool Network Afterschool Program Survey and send us your feedback!

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Click here to access this survey and begin.

NJSACC: The Statewide Network for New Jersey’s Afterschool Communities promotes and supports the development, continuity and expansion of quality programs for children and youth during out-of-school time.

NJSACC works to:

  • Build a strong network for afterschool program professionals in NJ.
  • Provide training conferences, workshops and information services.
  • Offer technical assistance, at no cost, for the development, expansion and improvement of afterschool programs throughout NJ.
  • Work closely with state and local officials to define appropriate NJ State regulations and legislation.
  • Establish professional development opportunities.
  • Develop public awareness of afterschool issues
  • Be the state’s national affiliate to the National AfterSchool Association (NAA).

The purpose of the NJSACC: Statewide Afterschool Network Afterschool Program Survey is to gather data to inform our efforts related to quality, advocacy, and training in the field.

When you have a moment, please access the NJSACC: Statewide Afterschool Network Afterschool Program Survey and then answer the questions as a whole for your program, making your best estimate if you have multiple sites. If you would like a copy of the results please add your email at the end of the survey. You may only receive results if you complete the survey.

Click here to access this survey and begin.

Take a look at NJSACC’s Technical Assistance Papers (Map to Inclusive Child Care updated)

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

This series of technical assistance papers offers practical information about afterschool program design and advice to help you develop high quality programs. The publications can be easily downloaded with the links below:

Briefs

Hurry Up and Wait

Hurry Up and Wait

Often participants in a group are asked to hurry up (“hurry and line up for the bus”; “hurry and finish painting so we can have snack”), only to find themselves bored and waiting for the next activity. So, why not keep kids busy during those “hurry up and wait” times with some fun things to do?

In Hurry Up and Wait we’ve included all sorts of activities to fit those situations and added a bunch of additional favorites ranging from crafts, to bus activities, to things to do on a rainy day. Adapt them, change them, collect and create activities to fit your group. Think of it as a reward for those kids who are the good listeners. The first ones to “hurry up and wait” get the most time to play. Includes fun activities for older preschoolers, and school-age thru adults!

>> Get the order form for Hurry Up and Wait

Imagine: Afterschool Space that Works

Children arrive at afterschool from different classrooms, sometimes from different schools – and they’ve already had a long day. The afterschool space offers children a sense of place and an understanding of the values and customs in the program. The environment can exert a powerful influence on their experiences and attitudes.

This booklet encourages afterschool professionals to think differently about the spaces in which they work. It offers practical, concrete advice on how to invest time and resources in creating attractive, exciting and more effective afterschool environments.

>> Download Imagine: Afterschool Space That Works

taking the temperature of afterschool

Taking the Temperature of Afterschool
in New Jersey

This focus group report details goals, interests and concerns of afterschool providers throughout the state. It includes comprehensive recommendations.

>> Download Taking the Temperature of Afterschool in New Jersey

Creating a Butterfly Garden

Schoolyard Ecology: Creating a Butterfly Garden for NJ Schools and Afterschool Programs

Butterfly gardens are not only important for your local schoolyard habitat but they can increase student engagement and curiosity in the classroom. By planting a butterfly garden you have created an interactive classroom for your children to be engaged in the natural world.

>> Download Creating a Butterfly Garden booklet

The 21st Century Afterschool Science Project

The 21st Century Afterschool Science Project brings together the resources, technology, health and science of New Jersey to develop and integrate quality science and health education programs into afterschool programs. It engages adults and children in the joy of exploration and discovery, the satisfaction of thinking critically about the ‘why’ and the ‘how’, and the freedom to pursue the questions about the natural world that intrigue and delight us.

It includes:

  • An informal, hands-on science curriculum infused with language arts and math skills that is appropriate for integration into afterschool, out-of-school time (OST) and extended-day settings;
  • Use of a guided-inquiry approach to encourage student problem-solving and engagement and effective facilitation of science learning by non-scientists;
  • Training and capacity-building through modeling of effective science learning and delivery, and on-site technical assistance that capitalizes on the strengths of OST staff and environments;
  • Family-involvement strategies which are integral to students’ academic success; and,
  • A guide to incorporating science-learning into afterschool and other OST programs, which includes research, strategies, resources and templates tailored specifically for afterschool providers and their staff.

>> Download the curriculum

Save the Date! NJ’s School Preparedness Path – Tues 5/7/13 – RSVP here!

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

Save the Date: May 7th, 2013

The tragedy in Newton, Connecticut stunned us all. Are we prepared? What if it were the school my afterschool program is housed at?

NJSACC  sent a survey to you on  Afterschool Emergency Preparedness to  find out what and if any plan was in place to protect the children in  your charge. The response were overwhelming. The  information shared was disheartening. 

The  response to the survey NJSACC conducted was  very telling- afterschool programs need assistance in  Afterschool Emergency Preparedness. We are very pleased to announce  that we are hosting a presentation from the NJ Department of Education,  NJ’s School Preparedness Path.

Our hope is that if your afterschool program is NOT part of the school plan , that you attend this important presentation. 

So please plan on attending we welcome your input and hope to problem solve  some of the obstacles in keeping our kids and staff safe in afterschol and summer programs.

NJ’s School Preparedness Path

This presentation will refocus educators’ paradigm on the importance of school preparedness. In addition, it will highlight mandates required of school districts, including the Drill Law, School Safety & Security Plans, and other activities that will move the education community forward in school preparedness.

Anthony Bland, State Coordinator
Office of School Preparedness and Emergency Planning NJ Department of Education

When:    May 7th, 2013

Where:  NJSACC Office @170 Elm Street, Westfield

Time:    10am-12pm noon

Please click here to RSVP. There is no fee, but we need to ensure that we will have materials for you.

Registration Deadline March 27 – A Few Spaces Left! Burlington/Camden County Training 4/6/13

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

Click here to register now!

Choose between:
1.5 hours of Games, Games, Games with Dennis Groomes AND 1.5 hours of STEM with Chris Jorn
OR
3 hours: Stewards of the Children/Darkness to Light with Danielle Weist

Descriptions:

Games, Games, Games with Dennis Groomes (1.5 Hours)

Two hours that are all about playing games. Learn games where no one is eliminated, learn games that can be played with limited materials, all active, engaging and fun, encouraging teamwork and relationship building in your programs. These games are also great for staff team building. Come dressed to play!

Hands on STEM (1.5 Hours)

STEM based curriculum’s are designed to remove the traditional educational barriers between a student’s school day and an afterschool experience. In this session, participants will experience hands-on science and literacy resources used in afterschool settings. The goal of STEM activities is to get everyone engaged in science related activities, which would hopefully spark a long term interest in and love of science. This interactive session will demonstrate activities from Afterschool Science Plus and Girls at the Center. All activities are fun and easy to design for grades K-8 and can be used with both girls and boys.

OR

Stewards of Children (3 Hours)

Stewards of Children is the only nationally available program scientifically proven to increase knowledge, improve attitudes and change child-protective behaviors.

Topics Covered:
– facts about the problem of child sexual abuse
– types of situations in which child sexual abuse may occur
– simple, effective strategies for protecting children from sexual abuse
– the importance of talking about the prevention of sexual abuse with children and adults
– the signs of sexual abuse so at you might intervene and be able to react responsibly

When: Saturday April 6, 2013
Time: 9 AM to 12 PM
Where: 59 Centerton Road, Mt. Laurel NJ 08054
Fee: $15 per person 
To Register: Fill out this on-line registration form here.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: March 27, 2013

This training is hosted by the NJSACC Afterschool Ambassador of Burlington and Camden County:
Maria Rivera-Butler, Burlington County
Jen Segleken, Burlington County
Elena Piperno, Camden County
Danielle Weist Camden County

For Registration Details, invoice, information or other questions, please contact Jessica Heiberg at 908-789-0259

Click here to register now!