Archive for September, 2013

Wed 10/9/13 Licensed Afterschool Roundtable – come join us!

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

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When: Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Where: NJSACC, First Baptist Church

170 Elm Street, Westfield, NJ 07090

Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Cost: FREE, but registration is required.

Light refreshments will be served.

If you operate a Licensed Afterschool Program, join this roundtable to share information, resources and network with colleagues. At our first roundtable of the school year, we will discuss the new amendments to the Manual of Requirements for Child Care Centers from the Department of Children and Families.  Some of the major changes include:
  • Requiring daily physical activity for specified periods of time and limiting inactivity.
  • Limiting use of television, computers and video; developing written plan íor use.
  • Prohibiting sugar-sweetened or artificially sweetened beverages unless contraindicated by parent or health care provider for centers providing meals/Snacks.
  • Providing a variety of fruits and vegetables, and high portion of whole grains for centers providing meals/snacks.
  • Prohibiting solid food for infants under 6 months and specifying types of milk for infants and toddlers.
  • Including breast feeding arrangements in feeding plans for children under 18 months.
  • Requiring newly hired staff to complete orientation prior to working without direct supervision by adult staff.
  • Increasing annual staff development to 10 hours per year, with 2 hours in each of the 3 areas.
  • Including physical activity, special needs programming and American with Disabilities Act guidelines to staff development for credentialed staff.
  • Requiring directors to complete Understanding Licensing Regulations within 90 days of hire.
  • Requiring tracking of children at off-site locations and require at least 2 staff accompanying children on field trips or outings away from the center.
  • Requiring at least 2 staff trained in first aid and CPR present at the center.
  • Ensuring children are evacuated in 3 minutes or less during a fire drill.
  • Discontinuing use of stackable cribs by August 6, 2014.
  • Requiring new/relocating early childhood centers to have 350 square feet of net outdoor space, plus 35 square feet per child if more than 10 children use space at one time.
  • Updating environmental safety requirements in accordance with Department of Environmental Protection and Department of Health.

STEM Kicks Off the Fall Season with Good News at Girls STEM Collaborative (GSGSC)

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

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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:

  • Breaking Brick Stereotypes: LEGO Unveils a Female Scientist
  • Take Advantage of this Valuable FREE Resource: Is your program listed?
  • Do you want to engage more girls in STEM? Tell us more!
  • Girl Rising Documentary Screening: Don’t Miss It!

Thur 10/3 SWAG Project Throws Outdoor Feast – mark your calendar!

Friday, September 13th, 2013

SWAG is throwing an outdoor feast to celebrate the fall harvest season!

Thursday, October 3, 2013
6:30pm – 9pm

343 Meeker Avenue
Newark, NJ 07112

Individual Tickets: $40 / Couples $70

Please join us to fill our bellies with this year’s tasty farm harvest! Come celebrate another successful year and help us keep our farm growing strong! The celebration will include a delicious 3?course dinner by Brooklyn chef Todd Andrews, along with beverages from local partners. There will be lots of soul funk music by our resident DJ and a short film about the positive impact urban farming has on building strong neighborhoods.

Tickets are available on the web, by visiting:

For more information, please contact Alexandra at:


New on The Search for the Right School, Bullied Celebrities, Teen Suicides, How Yelling at Kids Backfires

Friday, September 13th, 2013

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With children all over settling into their new classrooms, the question of fit is very much on our minds: Will the teacher be a good fit for our excitable kindergartener? Will a child who has changed schools connect with her new classmates? Will our anxious sixth grader get lost in his big new middle school?

One mother who has worried for years over the right fit for her son, who has developmental delays, writes on about his six years in an inclusive classroom and why, when choosing a middle school for him, she finally went with a contained classroom instead. Michaela Searfoorce had lived by the mantra that the least restrictive environment is the best. But her son’s struggles were increasingly painful. And his first year in the new school was his best: no bullying, no eating lunch alone, no coming home in tears. New friends, new confidence, new skills, new willingness to do his homework – independently. The lesson, as she puts it: “At long last, I realize that Least Restrictive Environment is not the title of a competition. It’s not about how inclusive of a setting you can get your child into, but how inclusive of a setting you should get your child into.”

Speaking of bullying, we can’t resist sharing this YouTube video (above) by Megan Kelly Hall, which offers a photo stream of ordinary-looking children and describes some of the bullying they endured—before they grew up to be spectacularly successful singers, actors, athletes, and the new Duchess of Cambridge. It’s sweet.

– Caroline Miller, Editorial Director

Upcoming Expert Webinar series from Foundations, Inc. – next session is Thur 9/19

Friday, September 13th, 2013

Join Foundations, Inc. this fall as we hear from three dynamic leaders from nationally renowned organizations in education and youth development on critically important topics affecting kids today!

Each webinar will be one hour in length, including time for Q&A with the speaker.

Incorporating Inclusion Strategies and Resources to Better Serve All Youth

Kids Included Together
Guest Expert: Janet George
September 19, 2013
1:00-2:00 PM EST
Only $34.95

Learn how to create an inclusive culture in your program, including techniques for making accommodations, supporting friendships, and communicating with staff. Get ideas for identifying the unique services and resources in your community to support inclusive programming.

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Developing “Grit” to Increase College and Career Readiness

Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Guest Expert: Dr. Damon A. Williams
November 7, 2013
1:00-2:00 PM EST
Only $34.95

Explore the concept of “grit” and how perseverance and passion for reaching long term goals is relevant to college and career readiness. Then, discuss the significant roles expanded learning programs can play in developing this essential quality in our children and youth.

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Creating Connected Learning Opportunities to Improve Student
Writing and Literacy Skills

National Writing Project
Guest Expert: Elyse Eidman-Aadahl
November 14, 2013
1:00-2:00 PM EST
Only $34.95

Investigate the promise in out-of-school time of “Connected Learning” writing activities and projects, which mine the learning potential of social and digital media domains for increasing student engagement. Get tips and resources for making your program a Connected Learning space.

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