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NJSACC Needs your help! E-mail Asm Diegnan and Sen Ruiz Re: 2 Legislative Bills on Afterschool!

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

NJSACC: The Statewide Network for New Jersey’s Afterschool Communities promotes and supports the development, continuity and expansion of quality programs for children and youth during out-of-school time.

NJSACC works to:

  • Build a strong network for afterschool program professionals in NJ.
  • Provide training conferences, workshops and information services.
  • Offer technical assistance, at no cost, for the development, expansion and improvement of afterschool programs throughout NJ.
  • Work closely with state and local officials to define appropriate NJ State regulations and legislation.
  • Establish professional development opportunities.
  • Serve as the NJ Member of the National Afterschool Network.
  • Develop public awareness of afterschool issues.
  • Be the state’s national affiliate to the National AfterSchool Association (NAA).

Senate Bill, No. 3072 and Assembly Bill, No. 4348

NJSACC is very excited about these bills and we need your help! Each bill establishes “New Jersey Out-of-School Time Advisory Commission” to review before-school, after-school and summer programs. Therefore, we strongly encourage all of our networks to e-mail Assemblyman Patrick J. Diegnan Jr. and Senator M. Teresa Ruiz immediately about these bills.

Below are 2 e-mail templates to utilize when e-mailing Assemblyman Diegnan and Senator Ruiz. Please include a brief introduction, indicating who you are and where your program is located.

_____________________________________
#1. A4348, Contact Asm. Patrick Diegnan Chair of the Assembly Education Committee:

To: asmdiegnan@njleg.org 

 

Subject:  Commission Bill: “New Jersey Out-of-School Time Advisory Commission”

 

Message: (cut and paste)

 

Dear Assemblyman  Patrick J. Diegnan Jr, Chair of the Education Committee:

 

Please post Bill A4348 which establishes “New Jersey Out-of-School Time Advisory Commission” to review before-school, after-school and summer programs  on the next Agenda for the Education Committee.

 

The youth and families of the Garden State need this Commission.

 

Thank you.

 

(Sign Your name and email address)

_____________________________________

#2. S3072, Contact Senator M. Teresa Ruiz, Chair of the Senate  Education Committee:

 

To: senruiz@njleg.org

 

Subject:  Commission Bill: “New Jersey Out-of-School Time Advisory Commission”

 

Message: (cut and paste)

 

Dear Sen. Ruiz, Chair of the Education Committee:

 

Please post Bill S3072, which establishes “New Jersey Out-of-School Time Advisory Commission” to review before-school, after-school and summer programs on the next Agenda for the Education Committee.

The youth and families of the Garden State need this Commission.

 

Thank you.

 

(Sign Your name and email address)

_____________________________________ 
 

For more information about Senate Bill, No. S3072, please click here.

For more information about Assembly Bill, No. A4348, please click here.

We need your help! Please ask your NJ Senators to co-sponsor the Afterschool for America’s Children Act

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

Greetings  NJ  Afterschool Advocates!

Please support the next generation of afterschool, before-school, and summer learning programs.
Take action now by asking your  New Jersey Senators to co-sponsor the Afterschool for America’s Children Act (S. 326).

This bipartisan bill, originally sponsored by Senators Boxer (D-CA), Murray (D-WA) and Murkowski (R-AK) in the Senate,  reauthorizes the 21st Century Community Learning Centers initiative and supports the innovative advances occurring in before-school, afterschool and summer learning programs, re-engaging children in their education and future.

Please take a moment to lend your support. All it takes is 30 seconds-it is critical to keep the funding for 21st CCLC as we know it to be in New Jersey,

Ask your families and staff to send a letter .

Guess what? No paper and pens, looking up an address- through  the  CAPWIZ link below  takes 30 seconds.
It asks for your address-immediately links you to your Congressman and our 2 State Senators.

How does it work?

You click on the message that fits you or you write your own and then Submit! It is finished. 

Click below:
http://capwiz.com/afterschool/issues/alert/?alertid=61025651

Thanks,
Diane Genco
NJSACC

P.S. When you click on link you can also Tweet it and post to your FACEBOOK page…please get the word out there!

New Jersey Department of Health Urges Residents to “Take 3” Actions to Fight the Flu

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

January 15, 2013

New Jersey Department of Health Urges Residents to “Take 3” Actions to Fight the Flu

As influenza (flu) activity continues to increase in New Jersey and nationwide, Health Commissioner Mary E. O’Dowd encourages New Jersey residents to “Take 3″ actions to fight the flu.

The following actions, promoted by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), will help to protect yourself and others during the peak of flu season:

1. Take time to get a flu vaccine;

2. Take everyday preventative actions to stop the spread of germs; and

3. Take flu antiviral drugs if your healthcare provider prescribes them.

“Like most of the nation, New Jersey is experiencing widespread flu activity,” said Commissioner O’Dowd. “Flu vaccination is the single most important step we can take to protect ourselves and our families against infection. The good news is that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reporting that the flu vaccine is a very good match for the strains of flu circulating in the community and early data indicates that individuals who are vaccinated have been 62 percent less likely to visit a doctor due to illness from the flu.”

To find a nearby flu clinic, please visit the Find a Flu Shot Locator on the Department’s website.

The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get a seasonal flu vaccine each year. A flu shot is especially important for certain groups of individuals who are at higher risk of developing serious flu-related complications. These groups include: pregnant women, children under the age of five, but especially younger than 2 years old, people 65 years of age and older, and people with certain chronic medical conditions (such as asthma, heart disease, cancer, diabetes and HIV).

In addition, there are other people for whom vaccination is especially important-people who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities and people who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from the flu.

The Department works with the health care associations to strongly encourage health care workers to protect themselves, their families and their patients by getting a flu shot. Health care workers are recommended to receive the flu vaccine to reduce the transmission of influenza-related illness and death, especially to patients at increased risk for severe flu complications.

“If you are the parent or guardian of a child under the age of 6 months, please get a flu shot not only to protect yourself but also to protect your baby,” said Deputy Health Commissioner Dr. Arturo Brito. “If you live in a household with anyone in one of the high-risk categories, you should also get vaccinated.”

Children younger than 6 months of age are too young to get vaccinated and anyone who has ever had a severe allergic reaction to the flu vaccine also should not get a flu shot.

Taking everyday preventative actions can help stop the spread of germs that cause respiratory illness, like flu. These measures include washing your hands, covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you sneeze or cough, avoiding close contact with sick people and staying home from work or school if you are sick.

Those who do get the flu should stay home for at least 24 hours after a fever is gone except to get medical care. Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine. You should stay home from work, school, travel, shopping, social events, and public gatherings.

If you get the flu, there are prescription antiviral drugs that can treat your illness. Early treatment is especially important for the elderly, the very young, people with certain chron¬ic health conditions and pregnant women. Check with your healthcare provider to see if you are a candidate for this medication and follow instructions for taking this medication.

Flu-like symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people also may have vomiting and diarrhea. People may be infected with the flu, and have respiratory symptoms without a fever.

For more information about the “Take 3″ actions to fight the flu, please visit the CDC webpage at: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/preventing.htm

For general flu information and resources, please visit:
http://nj.gov/health/flu/generalinfo.shtml

To view weekly reports on flu activity in New Jersey, please visit:
http://nj.gov/health/flu/fluinfo.shtml#rep