Archive for April, 2013

Champions Pre-K Program Site Teacher Honored With #Excellence in #Education award

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

At the recent NAA conference in Indianapolis, Mr. Craig Cuje, Site Teacher for the Champions Pre-K program at 540 Broadway in Long Branch, NJ, was honored with an Excellence in Education award!

Recipients are nominated by their Champions Area Manager, confirmed by the Quality and Accreditation Advisor and Regional Manager, and are recognized for:

  • Exemplifying the mission and principles of the company
  • Consistently exceeding quality standards
  • Providing outstanding service to children and families
  • Demonstrating warmth and concern for children’s safety and well-being

Pictured above is a photo of Mr. Cuje receiving his award from Champions Operations Director Pat Heibel and Shelley Bromberek-Lambert, COO for Champions and CCLC and NAA Board Member. 

With more than 30 years of experience, Champions is a leading provider of high-quality programs for before- and after-school learning and break-time camps.Champions is a member of the Knowledge Universe family of education companies. Knowledge Universe is the leading private provider of early childhood and school-age education, serving 200,000 children in 39 states. Champions, through its affiliation with Knowledge Universe, delivers local learning programs backed by the resources and expertise of one of the world’s largest education companies.

Explore GSGSC’s exciting April newsletter! #STEM

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Click here to signup to receive future GSGSC newsletters!
Click here to read the GSGSC April Newsletter now! 

The Garden State Girls STEM Collaborative is the New Jersey initiative of the National Girls Collaborative Project, a program focused on providing high quality STEM activities to girls. Our primary goal is to strengthen the capacity of girl-serving STEM programs to effectively reach and serve underrepresented girls in STEM by sharing promising practice research and program models, outcomes, products and by connecting   formal and informal educators, business and industry in order to maximize the resources that can positively influence our girls. Contact Mike MacEwan for more information how you can become involved.

In their latest issue, the Garden State Girls STEP Collaborative Project spotlights:

  • Take Advantage of this Valuable FREE Resource: Is your program listed?
  • National Girls Collaborative Project: PA STEM Girls Collaborative Project Role Models Matter – The Franklin Institute Forum 5/10/13
  • Spring 2013 Afterschool Matters Journal features GSGSC’s own Mike MacEwan
  • Summer Learning Day With The NY Liberty, in partnership with NJSACC, The Afterschool Alliance and the National Summer Learning Association 7/18/13 11am

Soaring Beyond Expectations: A Statewide #Afterschool Showcase 5/23/13 register today!

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

New Jersey’s 21st Century Community Learning Center Programs Present: Soaring Beyond Expectations: A Statewide Afterschool Showcase

***click here to read workshop descriptions***

This Afterschool Showcase will highlight best practices of NJ’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) Programs.

Click here to register today!

This event is open statewide to anyone interested in utilizing afterschool, before school or summer school as a strategy to improve youth’s knowledge and skills and engage them in meaningful learning opportunities.

Who should attend?

  • School personnel
  • Afterschool directors
  • Teachers
  • Youth Workers
  • Others interested in starting or enhancing an existing afterschool, before school or summer program

This training is brought to you by the New Jersey Department of Education in collaboration with NJSACC.

This project was funded in part with federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by No Child Left Behind, Title IV, Part B, 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) grant funds through a grant agreement with the New Jersey Department of Education.

When: Thursday, May 23, 2013

Time: 8:00 am – 2:30 pm

12 Centre Drive
Monroe Twp, NJ 08831


Cost: $30 per person includes lunch and all materials.

When registering you will need to select the workshops you would like to attend.  Please click here to see the descriptions of the workshops being offered.  Workshops will fill up quickly.  Register early to have the best chance of getting your first choice.  If a workshop is full it will not appear as a choice when you register.

Last day to register is May 15, 2013!

***click here to read workshop descriptions***

Licensed #Afterschool Program Roundtable 5/20/13 register today!

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

If you operate a Licensed Afterschool Program, join this roundtable to share information, resources and network with colleagues.

Topics covered come from the group.

NJSACC staff will moderate the Round table and bring resources on Afterschool.

Refreshments will be served.

Location: The North Brunswick Government and Community Complex at:
710 Hermann Road, North Brunswick NJ 08902

Time: 10 AM-12:30 PM

Hosted by: Giovanna Branciforte, Recreation Program Specialist, Project LEAL, North Brunswick Township

Click here to RSVP!

Position as NJSACC Program Coordinator needed! (#AmeriCorps VISTA)

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

This posting is for a one year AmeriCorps VISTA year of service. There is a living allowance but this is not a permanent, salaried position with NJSACC. More information about AmeriCorps VISTA may be found here:

New Jersey School-Age Care Coalition (NJSACC) Program Coordinator

Fellowship start/end date: July 2013
Application deadline: Rolling
Employment type: Full time
Living allowance: Varies by location
Benefits: Health, Child Care, Relocation, Training, End of Service $5,550 Education Award OR
$1,500 additional cash stipend

About New Jersey Bonner AmeriCorps* VISTA Fellows

The New Jersey Bonner VISTA Fellows Program is a post-college national volunteer service program developed in partnership of TCNJ’s Bonner Center for Civic and Community Engagement and the Bonner Foundation. The New Jersey Bonner VISTA Fellows comprise a cohort of 17 members who serve full-time to enhance volunteerism, develop economic opportunities, and address policy issues across central New Jersey.

Position Summary:

The NJ Bonner VISTA Fellows Program is seeking a NJSACC Program Coordinator to increase participation in the At-Risk Afterschool Meals Program, a federal nutrition program for low-income youth in afterschool programs. NJSACC promotes and supports the development, continuity and expansion of quality programs for children and youth during out-of-school time. The NJSACC Program Coordinator will work directly at the NJSACC office in Westfield, NJ. (For more information on NJSACC, go to

Major Responsibilities:

  1. Identify and conduct outreach to eligible afterschool programs about the At-Risk Afterschool Meal Program.
  2. Serve as a resource to afterschool programs, vendors and other agencies interested in providing or sponsoring Afterschool Meals.
  3. Respond to data collection, analysis, and other community-based research (CBR) requests afterschool programs
  4. Maintain At-Risk Afterschool Meals Program section of NJSACC website, which includes profiles of model programs, issue briefs, and key information about the program.
  5. Represent NJSACC at meetings. Maintain organizational partnerships with anti-hunger organizations. Network with anti-poverty organizations throughout NJ.
  6. Present information and conduct workshops about the At-Risk Afterschool Meal Program and healthy meals and snacks
  7. Contribute articles to

Position Qualifications:

  • Must be available to serve full-time for one year
  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must have own car
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Experience with community service and/or non-profit organizational work a plus
  • Strong research and analytical skills
  • Self-starter who can work independently and on a team
  • Excellent attention to detail and follow-through skills
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple tasks and projects at the same time
  • Ability to work with diverse groups of individuals and constituencies
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Computer proficiency with emphasis on MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and willingness to learn and use a variety of online tools, including Wikis, Facebook and other social media tools

Questions about this position should be directed to Lee McDermott Schaefer at If you are interested in applying, please email your resume and a cover letter detailing your interest in this position to No phone calls please. All applicants must also complete an AmeriCorps application which will be available mid-April on the AmeriCorps portal. Interviews (phone or in-person in Westfield) will be conducted in May.