Archive for August, 2013

Save the Date! NJ’s Annual Conference for Afterschool #NJSACC 11/22-11/23

Friday, August 16th, 2013

Registration to open September 1st, 2013

Conference Fees:
Members: $251 / 2 days $151 / 1 day
Non-Members: $296 / 2 days $196 / 1 day
Fee includes conference materials, continental breakfast and lunch

Conference Location and Accommodations:

The Marriott Princeton Hotel and Conference Center at Forrestal
100 College Road East, Princeton, NJ 08540

Room Rates: $119 per night

Room Reservations:
Reservations must be made by individual attendees directly with Marriott reservations at (800) 228-9290 or (609) 452-7800.

Room reservations must be made on or before Friday, November 8, 2013.

When you call make sure to mention the NJSACC Conference and the dates of the conference in order to receive the conference rate.

Please Note: Full conference program will be posted at: in early September in a downloadable format.

For more information: NJSACC 908-789-0259 |

This year’s conference celebrates the official launch of NJ’s Quality Standards for Afterschool. Come learn about the Standards and how to use the easy Self-Assessment Tool. The conference features more than 50 workshops on topics including STEM, global learning, administration, and much more!

Conference at a Glance

Click here to view detailed schedule

This conference is funded in part by the:

  • NJ Department of Human Services, Division of Family Development as part of a Federal CCDF Block Grant Earmark
  • Federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended (Title IV, Part B o fNo Child Left Behind), 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant funds awarded to the NJ Department of Education

Service Learning Day tomorrow Tues 8/13/13 Building Our Future: 2013 Professional Development Conference – register now!

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Everyone Benefits from Service-Learning

Click here to register now!






  • Deeper understanding of themselves and empathy and respect for others
  • Opportunities to explore skills and interested and to network for career readiness
  • 21st century skills:  critical thinking, problem-solving, leadership, decision-making, collaboration and communication

SCHOOLS gain: 

  • An effective drop-out strategy
  • A focus for school improvement
  • Positive school-community relationships


  • Energy and creativity of youth in addressing community needs
  • Opportunities to build positive relationships between community members and schools
  • New generation of caring and experienced citizens, activists, and volunteers
Keynote Speaker: Joan Liptrot, Author and Director of Global Service-Learning 

Workshops include:

  • Introduction to Service-Learning
  • Developmentally appropriate Service-Learning
  • Making Afterschool Count using Service-Learning
  • Stories from the Field:  Creative Implementation of Service-Learning
  • Service-Learning and Global Competency
  • Students as Volunteers: Effective Partnerships between Schools and Nonprofits
  • Coaching your School to Service-Learning Success
  • One School’s Experience with Growing a Service-Learning Culture

Classroom Teachers!

Receive a special gift from GenerationOn when you register!

“Do Your Own Thing Guide” for kids and teens


When: Tuesday, August 13, 2013 

NJSACC is seeking Afterschool Ambassadors – apply now!

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Please click here to apply!

“I enjoyed meeting other providers in my area.”
“I became more knowledgeable of afterschool policies, goals and objectives.”
“Great networking”

NJSACC: The Network for New Jersey’s Afterschool Communities


Thank you for your interest in the NJSACC Afterschool Ambassadors Program. The NJSACC Afterschool Ambassadors is a select group of leaders in New Jersey’s Afterschool communities who volunteer to serve as representatives of NJSACC. Afterschool Ambassadors assist NJSACC in fulfilling its mission to develop public awareness of Afterschool issues, build a strong network for afterschool program professionals in NJ, and to establish professional development opportunities in every New Jersey County.

We strive to recruit Afterschool Ambassadors from all 21 of NJ’s counties. Afterschool Ambassadors serve for 2 years.

A successful NJSACC Afterschool Ambassador should be:

  • Familiar with afterschool programs in the local community
  • Committed to Networking
  • Committed to Advocacy for Afterschool programs
  • Involved and informed in current trends in out of school time
  • Very computer and web knowledgeable and functional

NJSACC Afterschool Ambassadors responsibilities include:

  • Attendance in Ambassadors Orientation
  • Fostering a County wide group of Afterschool Professionals and Advocates
  • Host one training in their county (NJSACC provides the trainer, the Ambassador secures the site and helps promote it locally) each year
  • Meet with local and county officials to build support for afterschool
  • Host one Celebrate Afterschool Outdoors in the Garden State event OR Lights On Afterschool event each year

NJSACC Afterschool Ambassadors will receive the following for their volunteer service and commitment:

  • Free Full Membership to NJSACC and Full Membership to the NAA (National Afterschool Association)
  • Select the topic for the county training and receive 5 free registrations to that training
  • Attend one Ambassador-hosted trainings in other counties for free
  • $150 mini-grant to support a Celebrate Afterschool OR Lights On Afterschool event each year
  • Free registration to a Leadership training facilitated by Diane Genco, NJSACC’s Executive Director, date to be announced

To be considered for the NJSACC Afterschool Ambassadors Program, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Completed Application
  • A minimum of 3 years of Professional Experience in the Afterschool Field
  • Submit 2 professional references


Once applications have been reviewed, NJSACC Afterschool Ambassador positions will be offered to qualified candidates. All applicants will receive an emailed notice of the decisions.

Orientation will be required and be scheduled according to Ambassadors availability.

Why Do the People Raising Our Children Earn Poverty Wages?

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

Nancy Jimenez works long hours at her in-home childcare business, but she, like many other New Jersey childcare providers, are given meager subsidies from the state in return. Why are our publicly subsidized childcare workers not given the respect and compensation their task deserves?

This video and accompanied article was reported in partnership with the Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute and was generously supported by the Ms. Foundation for Women Fellowship.

Read the full story by E. Tammy Kim at: