Archive for May, 2014

Join us Wed 6/11 for New Jersey’s 21st Century Community Learning Center Programs Present Soaring Beyond Expectations: A Statewide Afterschool Showcase

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Click here for details and to register!

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

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

When: Wednesday, June 11, 2014  

Time: 8:30am – 2:30pm

Where: NJPSA
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 June 2, 2014!

For questions, contact us via phone at: (908) 789-0259 or via e-mail at: 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.

Sensational Summer Resources from the School Nutrition Association (SNA)

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Sensational Summer Resources from the School Nutrition Association (SNA)

Click here to learn more!

As a school nutrition professional, providing nutritious meals for students through the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs (NSLP and SBP) is of the upmost importance. But when the last bell of the school year rings, many of the children who rely on these programs throughout the year are left at serious risk of going hungry. The federal Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) can help bridge the hunger gap.

If you think your community could benefit from participating in the SFSP, or you would like to expand your existing program through better promotion and marketing, this Summer Feeding Toolkit-brought to you by the School Nutrition Association (SNA) and the National Watermelon Promotion Board-is for you. This online toolkit has the following elements to help you:

This will be fantastic! Have you registered for NIOST’s ‘Leading for Quality’ Training designed for NJSACC? 5/28 5/29 5/30

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Click here to register by Friday 5/16/14

Come to the National Institute on Out-of-School Time’s Leading for Qualitytraining designed specifically for NJSACC. This new training is for directors of all experience levels who run single or multi-site programs. Join afterschool and extended day professionals who want to boost their leadership skills, create a plan for program improvements and strengthen their organization through a variety of hands on, experiential learning activities.

Date: May 28, 29 & 30, 2014


Time: 9am – 2pm each day / Registration will begin at 8:30am


Place: NJSACC, 170 Elm Street, Westfield, NJ 07090


Cost: $120 per person includes breakfast, lunch and materials each day

Goals of Training: 

  • Learn how to promote high quality programs and engage families
  • Learn how to hire, orient and support staff properly
  • Take tips back to your program to meet the needs of children through engagement in learning and building supportive staff relationships
  • Build your leadership skills with hands on activities

Targeted Audience are Directors who are:

  • Ready to increase their management and leadership skills
  • New or from programs experiencing challenges such as staff turnover, budget constraints, or other organizational issues
  • Seeking to make changes

Training Content: 

  • 3 days of hands on, interactive training incorporating the NJ Quality Standards for Afterschool
  • Trainer will assist directors in beginning to set goals for staff development, programmatic and other quality improvements
  • Each participant will receive a comprehensive notebook for personal reflection and reference

Last day to register will be Friday, May 16, 2014. No refunds will be given afterMay 16, 2014 but substitutions can be made at any time.

Click here to register by Friday 5/16/14

On Fri 6/13 Join this Informative Licensed Afterschool Program Roundtable

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Click here to register today!

When: Friday, June 13, 2014

First Baptist Church
170 Elm Street
Westfield, NJ 07090

Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Cost: FREE, but registration is required.

If you operate a Licensed Afterschool Program, come join this valuable roundtable to share information, resources and network with colleagues. This will be our final roundtable event for the current school year!

Our meeting will end at 12pm, but please feel free to bring a brown bag lunch or pop over to any of the many restaurants in downtown Westfield and pick something up. Our meeting space will be available until 2pm.

For questions, contact NJSACC at: 908-789-0259

Win a $50 Gift Card and help Celebrate Afterschool! Outdoors in the Garden State!

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Celebrate Afterschool! Outdoors in the Garden State is an annual celebration of all that the Garden State has to offer!  Each year, NJSACC encourages afterschool programs to get outside and enjoy, explore, and play.

Click here for a Packet of Activities
Click here for an Event Planning Packet

NJSACC has created a resource booklet for providers that lists easy, inexpensive activities that can connect children with nature in categories like Trees and Leaves and Nature Art. There are lists of field trips and enrichment program resources for providers as well as nature fun facts and nature experiments that can be done in only a few minutes.

Many programs decide to organize larger events to involve families and the community. NJSACC developed an Event Planning kit to guide afterschool programs on how to Celebrate Afterschool with a sample Press release and invitation letters for community leaders and celebration ideas.

New for 2014!  We want to know how YOUR program Celebrates Afterschool!

This year, NJSACC is sponsoring two exciting contests using social media!

Facebook Photo Contest:

Show us how your afterschool program Celebrates Afterschool! Outdoors in the Garden State!  Take pictures of your afterschool program doing an outdoor activity or event – there are many ideas in our resource booklet and on our Pinterest board. Send your picture AND a short description of your activity or event to: by 5pm EST on May 23, 2014. If your photo includes children, you will also need to submit a Photo Release form. Incomplete submissions will not be considered. NJSACC will post all the photos to our Facebook page on June 2 2014. The photo that receives the most ‘Likes’ by 5pm EST on June 6, 2014 will receive a $50 American Express Gift Card.

Twitter Micro Essay Contest:

Tell us how your afterschool program Celebrates Afterschool! Outdoors in the Garden State!

How to enter:

  • Sign up for a Twitter account — it’s free!
  • Tell us how your afterschool program Celebrates Afterschool!
    IMPORTANT: Be sure to use the hashtag #celebrateafterschool
  • That’s it! Send your tweet by 5pm EST on March 23, 2014. NJSACC will select the most creative tweet and announce the winner of the $50 American Express Gift Card on Friday, May 30, 2014.

Questions or Concerns? Please email

Please note: this contest is open to afterschool programs operating in the state of NJ only. Thank you!