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

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Click here to register today!

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.

Take a look at #NJSACC ‘s Important Technical Assistance Papers (Map to Inclusive Child Care updated)

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

This series of technical assistance papers offers practical information about afterschool program design and advice to help you develop high quality programs. The publications can be easily downloaded with the links below:

Briefs

Hurry Up and Wait

Hurry Up and Wait

Often participants in a group are asked to hurry up (“hurry and line up for the bus”; “hurry and finish painting so we can have snack”), only to find themselves bored and waiting for the next activity. So, why not keep kids busy during those “hurry up and wait” times with some fun things to do?

In Hurry Up and Wait we’ve included all sorts of activities to fit those situations and added a bunch of additional favorites ranging from crafts, to bus activities, to things to do on a rainy day. Adapt them, change them, collect and create activities to fit your group. Think of it as a reward for those kids who are the good listeners. The first ones to “hurry up and wait” get the most time to play. Includes fun activities for older preschoolers, and school-age thru adults!

>> Get the order form for Hurry Up and Wait

Imagine: Afterschool Space that Works

Children arrive at afterschool from different classrooms, sometimes from different schools – and they’ve already had a long day. The afterschool space offers children a sense of place and an understanding of the values and customs in the program. The environment can exert a powerful influence on their experiences and attitudes.

This booklet encourages afterschool professionals to think differently about the spaces in which they work. It offers practical, concrete advice on how to invest time and resources in creating attractive, exciting and more effective afterschool environments.

>> Download Imagine: Afterschool Space That Works

taking the temperature of afterschool

Taking the Temperature of Afterschool
in New Jersey

This focus group report details goals, interests and concerns of afterschool providers throughout the state. It includes comprehensive recommendations.

>> Download Taking the Temperature of Afterschool in New Jersey

Creating a Butterfly Garden

Schoolyard Ecology: Creating a Butterfly Garden for NJ Schools and Afterschool Programs

Butterfly gardens are not only important for your local schoolyard habitat but they can increase student engagement and curiosity in the classroom. By planting a butterfly garden you have created an interactive classroom for your children to be engaged in the natural world.

>> Download Creating a Butterfly Garden booklet

The 21st Century Afterschool Science Project

The 21st Century Afterschool Science Project brings together the resources, technology, health and science of New Jersey to develop and integrate quality science and health education programs into afterschool programs. It engages adults and children in the joy of exploration and discovery, the satisfaction of thinking critically about the ‘why’ and the ‘how’, and the freedom to pursue the questions about the natural world that intrigue and delight us.

It includes:

  • An informal, hands-on science curriculum infused with language arts and math skills that is appropriate for integration into afterschool, out-of-school time (OST) and extended-day settings;
  • Use of a guided-inquiry approach to encourage student problem-solving and engagement and effective facilitation of science learning by non-scientists;
  • Training and capacity-building through modeling of effective science learning and delivery, and on-site technical assistance that capitalizes on the strengths of OST staff and environments;
  • Family-involvement strategies which are integral to students’ academic success; and,
  • A guide to incorporating science-learning into afterschool and other OST programs, which includes research, strategies, resources and templates tailored specifically for afterschool providers and their staff.

>> Download the curriculum

THIS MONDAY 5/20/13! Licensed #Afterschool Program Roundtable – last chance to RSVP!

Friday, May 17th, 2013

If you operate a Licensed Afterschool Program, join this roundtable to share information, resources and network with colleagues.

Topics covered come from the group.

NJSACC staff will moderate the Round table and bring resources on Afterschool.

Refreshments will be served.

Location: The North Brunswick Government and Community Complex at:
710 Hermann Road, North Brunswick NJ 08902

Time: 10 AM-12:30 PM

Hosted by: Giovanna Branciforte, Recreation Program Specialist, Project LEAL, North Brunswick Township

Click here to RSVP!

Take a look at NJSACC’s Technical Assistance Papers (Map to Inclusive Child Care updated)

Friday, May 10th, 2013

This series of technical assistance papers offers practical information about afterschool program design and advice to help you develop high quality programs. The publications can be easily downloaded with the links below:

Briefs

Hurry Up and Wait

Hurry Up and Wait

Often participants in a group are asked to hurry up (“hurry and line up for the bus”; “hurry and finish painting so we can have snack”), only to find themselves bored and waiting for the next activity. So, why not keep kids busy during those “hurry up and wait” times with some fun things to do?

In Hurry Up and Wait we’ve included all sorts of activities to fit those situations and added a bunch of additional favorites ranging from crafts, to bus activities, to things to do on a rainy day. Adapt them, change them, collect and create activities to fit your group. Think of it as a reward for those kids who are the good listeners. The first ones to “hurry up and wait” get the most time to play. Includes fun activities for older preschoolers, and school-age thru adults!

>> Get the order form for Hurry Up and Wait

Imagine: Afterschool Space that Works

Children arrive at afterschool from different classrooms, sometimes from different schools – and they’ve already had a long day. The afterschool space offers children a sense of place and an understanding of the values and customs in the program. The environment can exert a powerful influence on their experiences and attitudes.

This booklet encourages afterschool professionals to think differently about the spaces in which they work. It offers practical, concrete advice on how to invest time and resources in creating attractive, exciting and more effective afterschool environments.

>> Download Imagine: Afterschool Space That Works

taking the temperature of afterschool

Taking the Temperature of Afterschool
in New Jersey

This focus group report details goals, interests and concerns of afterschool providers throughout the state. It includes comprehensive recommendations.

>> Download Taking the Temperature of Afterschool in New Jersey

Creating a Butterfly Garden

Schoolyard Ecology: Creating a Butterfly Garden for NJ Schools and Afterschool Programs

Butterfly gardens are not only important for your local schoolyard habitat but they can increase student engagement and curiosity in the classroom. By planting a butterfly garden you have created an interactive classroom for your children to be engaged in the natural world.

>> Download Creating a Butterfly Garden booklet

The 21st Century Afterschool Science Project

The 21st Century Afterschool Science Project brings together the resources, technology, health and science of New Jersey to develop and integrate quality science and health education programs into afterschool programs. It engages adults and children in the joy of exploration and discovery, the satisfaction of thinking critically about the ‘why’ and the ‘how’, and the freedom to pursue the questions about the natural world that intrigue and delight us.

It includes:

  • An informal, hands-on science curriculum infused with language arts and math skills that is appropriate for integration into afterschool, out-of-school time (OST) and extended-day settings;
  • Use of a guided-inquiry approach to encourage student problem-solving and engagement and effective facilitation of science learning by non-scientists;
  • Training and capacity-building through modeling of effective science learning and delivery, and on-site technical assistance that capitalizes on the strengths of OST staff and environments;
  • Family-involvement strategies which are integral to students’ academic success; and,
  • A guide to incorporating science-learning into afterschool and other OST programs, which includes research, strategies, resources and templates tailored specifically for afterschool providers and their staff.

>> Download the curriculum

5/20/13 Licensed #Afterschool Program Roundtable – register today!

Friday, May 10th, 2013

If you operate a Licensed Afterschool Program, join this roundtable to share information, resources and network with colleagues.

Topics covered come from the group.

NJSACC staff will moderate the Round table and bring resources on Afterschool.

Refreshments will be served.

Location: The North Brunswick Government and Community Complex at:
710 Hermann Road, North Brunswick NJ 08902

Time: 10 AM-12:30 PM

Hosted by: Giovanna Branciforte, Recreation Program Specialist, Project LEAL, North Brunswick Township

Click here to RSVP!