Archive for the ‘Resources’ Category


Tuesday, December 18th, 2012
 NJSACC: The New Jersey Statewide  Afterschool Network was invited to  promote this great opportunity for New Jersey’s Teens, take a look.
Teens listen to other teens.So when it comes to influencing young people to adopt safer driving habits, there is no more effective voice than teens talking to their peers.That is why The Allstate Foundation and the
USA TODAY Charitable Foundation created Drive2Thrive.
Drive2Thrive is a free, project-based learning experience designed to guide New Jersey high school students in building and implementing a marketing plan that will influence their peers to adopt safer driving habits.
The Drive2Thrive program is aligned with Common Core State Standards, enhances students’ critical thinking and problem solving skills, enriches their literacy skills, encourages them to connect with their school communities and empowers them to take ownership of their learning.
The Drive2Thrive project includes:

Harvard University’s Free Food & Fun After School Curriculum

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Harvard University’s Free Food & Fun After School Curriculum

If you are looking for ways to incorporate healthy eating habits and physical education into your afterschool or summer program, the Food & Fun After School curriculum may be right for you. The Harvard School of Public Health’s Prevention Research Center on Nutrition and Physical Activity developed Food & Fun After School to assist program staff in helping to build healthy habits in children during out-of-school time and are designed to be integrated into a program’s regular schedule.
The materials are provided free of charge .

The curriculum is made up of 11 units with focuses ranging from “Fruits and Vegetable – Take a Bite!” to “Reduce TV Viewing – Tune Out the TV!”.
Each unit includes arts and crafts ideas, active games, and snack ideas with recipes, as well as instruction and worksheets for carrying out the activities.
The units are designed to be stand-alone and can be used in any sequence. In addition, the curriculum goes beyond the afterschool program, by providing parent communications for each unit in both English and Spanish, so the healthy behaviors learned can be carried into the home environment.
Take a look at the interactive Food & Fun website at to view videos on the curriculum and find simple summaries of the different units.


Help Us Feed Kids During the Summer

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Help Us Feed Kids During the Summer  

Join the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to learn more about how you can help feed children next summer and hear the benefits to being a part of the Summer Food Service Program!

USDA FNS 2012 Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) Introductory Webinar

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program can help to fill the summer meal gap for low-income children.  Faith-based, community and private non-profit organizations can make a difference in the lives of hungry children by serving meals with SFSP, a federally funded program administered by states that reimburses organizations for meals served to children during the summer. USDA FNS will be providing webinar sessions, including an overview of the SFSP, resources and tools available to help get started with the SFSP, successful outreach practices and tips, and how to get involved.


Session Description: This webinar session is designed to provide a high level overview of the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).  Following the overview of the SFSP, the session will cover resources and tools available to help get started with the SFSP, successful outreach practices and tips, next steps and how to get involved, and then the session will open for questions and answers with USDA FNS staff.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012: 2:00pm – 3:00pm Eastern Time

Especially for: Latino Serving Organizations
Wednesday, February 29, 2012: 2:00pm – 3:00pm Eastern Time

Especially for: Faith-Based Organizations
Registration Link:

Additional sessions:
Thursday, 2/23/12, 3:00pm – 4:00pm EST – Public Session
Thursday, 3/8/12, 3:00pm – 4:00pm EST – Public Session
Tuesday, 3/13/12, 11:00am – 12:00pm EST – Public Session
Wednesday, 3/21/12, 1:00pm – 2:00pm EST – Public Session
Tuesday, 3/27/12, 4:00pm – 5:00pm EST – Public Session


Resource to Help Educate Kids About Autism Spectrum Disorder

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

From our colleagues at Children’s Specialized , a new resource .

“Friends Like You. Friends Like Me.” is community-outreach initiative designed to help educate children about autism spectrum disorder and provide the tools necessary to facilitate friendships among children.
This program encourages recognition of children’s similarities, reinforces the common desire to be accepted and have friends, demystifies autism in an age-appropriate manner, and promotes inclusion, respect, and friendship between children of all abilities.

As part of this program, we have created a film which illustrates ways to work with children to educate them about autism spectrum disorder.
School administrators, students, and professionals share ideas and strategies to facilitate positive peer relationships and friendship development.
The film offers strategies and resources to encourage interactions and friendships in school environments as well as in the general community.
In addition we have provided free, downloadable supportive materials that can assist you in your efforts. The film is intended to be used as a train-the-trainer model so schools, recreational programs, sports teams or any organization working with kids can adapt the material to train their own participants.

All materials are available at CLICK HERE TO ACCESS ALL FREE MATERIALS
After you have had the chance to review them, I’d love to hear what you think.
Feel free to send me an e-mail and to share the link with others who may find these resources valuable.

Thank you.

Adrienne P. Robertiello
Autism Educator
Children’s Specialized Hospital
150 New Providence Road
Mountainside, NJ  07092

(908) 233-3720   ext. 5343

This program has been made possible by the Kohl’s  KidsAbilities  program at Children’s Specialized Hospital through the generosity of Kohl’s Cares.




Family Resource: National Give Kids a Smile Day

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

The Give Kids  a Smile  program in New Jersey is the culmination of the efforts of several different organizations under the direction of the New Jersey Dental Association.  Each February, the entire dental community, both public and private sectors, comes together to ensure the delivery of care to thousands of underprivileged children who otherwise may not be able to afford or access care.

Services rendered include oral hygiene instruction, screenings, cleanings, x-rays, fillings, extractions, fluoride treatments, stainless steel crowns, and much more.

Volunteers work to ensure the program is fun and educational and that it gives many children a great first impression of visits to the dentists.

And, best of all, all procedures are 100% FREE.