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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.

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Come and join the meeting! Aligning the Learning Day 2/21/13

Monday, February 4th, 2013

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Meeting Description:

Join us for our third in the Northeast Statewide Afterschool Networks Webinar Series Thursday February 21st from 12 – 1. In this installment, participants will be presented with groundbreaking research on the benefits of aligning the learning day through communication, partnerships, and sharing of resources.

Tracy Bennett, Manager of Evaluation at THINK Together and Doctoral Fellow at the University of California, Irvine will talk about how her research has illuminated the academic benefits of alignment.

Sarah Cruz, Director of Expanded Learning Opportunities at the New Jersey School-Age Care Coalition will further the discussion by providing insight and on the ground examples of the role of out-of-school time programs related to the Common Core State Standards.

Ken Anthony, Director of Professional Development with the Connecticut After School Network will talk about implications for the field and ways programs can start invaluable conversations to be on the path to alignment and make meaningful contributions to supporting student success. Please feel free to email questions ahead of the webinar to: There will also be time for questions throughout the webinar as well.

When: Thursday, February 21, 2013
Time: 12pm-1pm EST

Call in number: (712) 432-0075
Access code: 343808

Ken Anthony, Sarah Cruz, Tracy Bennett

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About the Presenters:

Tracy Bennett, Manager of Evaluation, THINK Together and Doctoral Fellow UC Irvine

Tracy earned her B.A. in Criminology from UC Irvine in 2003, and an M.A. in Educational Policy and Research from the University of Michigan in 2004, and is currently a Ph.D candidate at the University of California, Irvine. Tracy joined THINK Together in 2008, and serves as Manager of Program Evaluation, and is also the inaugural THINK Together Doctoral Fellow. Tracy is responsible for survey design and administration, data analysis, reporting on federal and state grants, and providing staff development on how to use data to drive program quality and goals. As a doctoral student, Tracy is examining afterschool staff and principals’ perceptions of academic alignment, and her nearly four years of research have identified promising practices that are linked to student academic achievement. Tracy’s studies have been accepted at national research conferences, and she was also awarded the California Educational Research Association’s Outstanding Paper of the Year award in 2012.

Ken Anthony, Director of Professional Development Connecticut After School Network

Ken is the Director of Professional Development for the Connecticut After School Network. His primary role at the Network is to oversee training, professional and leadership development, program consultation, and quality advising.  Ken holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a concentration in Child Development from Southern Connecticut State University, a Master’s degree in Human Services with a concentration in Organizational Management & Leadership from Springfield College, and is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Educational Leadership at the University of Hartford. As a doctoral student, Ken is researching expanded learning practices that build sustainable relationships for afterschool program staff.

Sarah Cruz, Director of Expanded Learning Opportunities, NJSACC

Sarah has been working with children and for organizations serving children and families since 1996. Currently, she is the Director of Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO) for NJSACC. Sarah is a prolific trainer. Nationally, she serves as a National Association for Elementary School Principals (NAESP) Facilitator for the workshop “Aligning the Learning Day, Collaborating Strategies for Principals and Afterschool Program Leaders.” Sarah is a National Afterschool Matters Initiative Practitioner Fellow  and In 2001, Sarah wrote ‘Fantastic Finales,’ a compilation of activities for school age children. She attended Douglass College at Rutgers University and graduated with a BA in Urban Planning and a certificate in Professional Youth Work. Sarah coordinates the activities of the NJSACC Afterschool Ambassadors, the NJSACC Afterschool CARES, Supporting Student Success and the PSEG Energizing Afterschool Partnership.