Archive for June, 2013

You’re Invited! 7/10/13 Free Webinar Re: Federal Afterschool Policy Proposals (link inside)

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Free Webinar on 7/10/13

Federal Afterschool Policy Proposals: The Implications for Cities 

The National League of Cities (NLC) will host a free webinar on July 10, 2013 from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Eastern Time about proposed changes to the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program.

Join us for this free webinar and follow our twitter chat at #OSTPolicy.

When: Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Time: 2-3pm EST

Webinar Link:

Cost: Free

Twitter (#OSTPolicy)

  • Join the National League of Cities’ webinar on 7/10 to learn about proposed changes to the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program, the sole source of federal funding that is dedicated specifically to supporting local afterschool programs:
  • Chances are that federal afterschool dollars are having a meaningful impact on children and youth in your community. Register and tune into the National League of Cities’ upcoming webinar to better understand how proposed changes to federal afterschool policy could impact your community:


Take a Look at Some Exciting News from the Latest GSGSC Newsletter! #stem

Friday, June 28th, 2013

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Click here to read the latest GSGSC 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. Their 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:

  • TED-Ed Pairs Educators with Animators to Produce a New Library of Educational Videos
  • Take Advantage of this Valuable FREE Resource: Is your program listed?
  • The Musem of Science + Industry Chicago Offers Summer STEM Activities
  • Girls STEM Initiatives in the News
  • Summer Learning Day With The NY Liberty 7/18/13 11am
  • Design It! Afterschool Engineering Program:
    Now enrolling afterschool sites for the 2013-2014 school year!

Deadline today 6/28: Lights On Afterschool Photo Contest 2013

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Lights On Afterschool Photo Contest 2013
State Network Co-Branding Opportunity

Friday, June 28, 2013

Key Dates:

Jun 28: Co-branding deadline
Aug 1 – Sep 30: National and local contest promotion
Oct 1 – Oct 31: Contest opens for photo submissions
Nov 1 – Nov 15: Contest voting period opens
Nov 18 – Nov 29: Winning programs announced


In honor of the 14th annual Lights On Afterschool, Bright House Networks is again sponsoring a photo contest on Facebook, whereby event hosts post pictures from their events and the public votes for their favorites. The 3 entries with most votes receive $1000; the entry with most votes in Bright House’s service area receives $2000.

Bright House would like to invite statewide afterschool networks to co-brand the contest and garner additional visibility. Networks will make their own award for the top entry or entries in their states. Awards are decided by the network; you might offer a complimentary conference registration or professional development opportunity, for example, or donated materials and equipment.

Co-Branding Benefits:

  • In exchange for co-branding the photo contest, state networks will receive:
  • Inclusion in contest media releases
  • Rights to all photographs and personal information submitted by contestants (these are covered in legally reviewed contest rules)
  • Promotional support, including:
    • Customized web graphics/banners with your state network logo
    • Sample tweets and facebook posts
    • Sample text for email blasts/newsletters

For more information or to confirm your intent to co-brand the photo contest, please email: by June 28. Please include the following information:

  • High resolution logo (to be used on contest materials and website)
  • Name/email address of all state contacts to be included on future correspondences about the contest (if not you, please indicate who the primary contact should be)
  • Description of prize to be sponsored by the state network

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

Tuesday, June 25th, 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:


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

Come join #NJSACC and @NYLiberty Thurs July 18th at 11AM for #summer #learning day

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Click here to download a pdf of this invite!

The New York Liberty cordially invite the youth from New Jersey’s summer programs and camps to Summer Learning Day with the Liberty! The day is in partnership with NJSACC: The Statewide Network for New Jersey’s Afterschool Communities, The Afterschool Alliance and the National Summer Learning Association.

Use code NJSACC to be entered into a Special Drawing! All summer programs in attendance will have the opportunity to be included in a drawing for a special ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME on-court Liberty experiences.

165 Mulberry St
Newark, NJ 07102

Thursday, July 18th at 11AM
Includes one (1) game ticket, customized Summer Learning E-Book and Thunderstix

Contact Jake at: 212-631-5606 or

Use code NJSACC to be entered into a Special Drawing! All summer programs in attendance will have the opportunity to be included in a drawing for a special ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME on-court Liberty experiences.