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Register by 1/24/14! Supporting Student Success: Staff Development Workgroup – Fri 2/7/14

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

Application due Friday, January 24, 2014 

Click here to register today!

When: Friday, February 7, 2014


First Baptist Church

170 Elm Street

Westfield, NJ 07090

Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm

Cost: FREE

NJSACC invites qualifying programs serving students afterschool to participate in an exciting project intended to grow strong, competent staff. Participants will convene to work towards supporting student success during the school day by providing quality afterschool programs to students and their families.

This project is focused on Staff Development as a means to improve program quality and impact on student success.”Time and attention paid to staff development activities will directly improve the overall quality of the program. It results in increased competence on the job, ability to accept growing levels of responsibility, deepening commitment to the program, improve understanding of school age child care, strengthening working relationships and communications skills, promoting a greater personal growth, self awareness and, feelings of connectedness to the total program.”
– School-Age Child Care: An Action ManualA strong Staff Development plan is a benchmark of a high quality Out of School Time program.

Who can participate:

  • Program directors and managers, who supervise, train and evaluate staff that work directly with students.

Project Goals and Experiences:

  • Program Leadership will explore and learn about Staff Development as a means to supporting Students Academic Success.
  • Programs participating will gather in a working group that will learn about creating staff development plans with a focus on supporting student’s success.
  • The Workgroup will discuss content of high quality Staff Development Plans
  • NJSACC will provide ongoing support to Program Leadership to implement Staff Development plans with a menu of training and time for technical assistance to support Program Directors goals to grow staff.
  • Work group will review and get full comprehension of NJ The Office of Licensing Definition of a Staff Development Plan for School Age Programs

Project period (February 2014-May 2014)

  • Participants will receive training and get regular support to complete Staff Development activities with resources, program visits, phone and email assistance.

Participation Eligibility:

  • Program must be a licensed child care provider, licensed by the State of NJ office of Licensing.
  • Program must serve at least 10% of children that participate in the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP).
  • Program must commit to an orientation session taking place on February 7, 2014.
  • Program must commit to ongoing Professional Development and Technical Assistance.
  • Program must commit to monthly communications in order to continue participation.
Presented by NJSACC: The Network for New Jersey’s Afterschool CommunitiesThis project is Funded by the State of New Jersey, Department of Family Development.

NJSACC is seeking Afterschool Ambassadors – apply now!

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Please click here to apply!

“I enjoyed meeting other providers in my area.”
“I became more knowledgeable of afterschool policies, goals and objectives.”
“Great networking”

NJSACC: The Network for New Jersey’s Afterschool Communities


Thank you for your interest in the NJSACC Afterschool Ambassadors Program. The NJSACC Afterschool Ambassadors is a select group of leaders in New Jersey’s Afterschool communities who volunteer to serve as representatives of NJSACC. Afterschool Ambassadors assist NJSACC in fulfilling its mission to develop public awareness of Afterschool issues, build a strong network for afterschool program professionals in NJ, and to establish professional development opportunities in every New Jersey County.

We strive to recruit Afterschool Ambassadors from all 21 of NJ’s counties. Afterschool Ambassadors serve for 2 years.

A successful NJSACC Afterschool Ambassador should be:

  • Familiar with afterschool programs in the local community
  • Committed to Networking
  • Committed to Advocacy for Afterschool programs
  • Involved and informed in current trends in out of school time
  • Very computer and web knowledgeable and functional

NJSACC Afterschool Ambassadors responsibilities include:

  • Attendance in Ambassadors Orientation
  • Fostering a County wide group of Afterschool Professionals and Advocates
  • Host one training in their county (NJSACC provides the trainer, the Ambassador secures the site and helps promote it locally) each year
  • Meet with local and county officials to build support for afterschool
  • Host one Celebrate Afterschool Outdoors in the Garden State event OR Lights On Afterschool event each year

NJSACC Afterschool Ambassadors will receive the following for their volunteer service and commitment:

  • Free Full Membership to NJSACC and Full Membership to the NAA (National Afterschool Association)
  • Select the topic for the county training and receive 5 free registrations to that training
  • Attend one Ambassador-hosted trainings in other counties for free
  • $150 mini-grant to support a Celebrate Afterschool OR Lights On Afterschool event each year
  • Free registration to a Leadership training facilitated by Diane Genco, NJSACC’s Executive Director, date to be announced

To be considered for the NJSACC Afterschool Ambassadors Program, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Completed Application
  • A minimum of 3 years of Professional Experience in the Afterschool Field
  • Submit 2 professional references


Once applications have been reviewed, NJSACC Afterschool Ambassador positions will be offered to qualified candidates. All applicants will receive an emailed notice of the decisions.

Orientation will be required and be scheduled according to Ambassadors availability.

E-mail Your Senators & Tell Them to Support Afterschool Programs During the Budget Process!

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Email your senators now & tell them to support afterschool programs during the budget process.

This week, the Senate is expected to vote on a budget resolution for 2014. This vote is important—the resolution serves as a blueprint for Congressional committees on spending decisions for programs next year.

Sen. Boxer is offering an amendment to the Senate Budget Resolution to support funding for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) initiative—the only federal program dedicated exclusively to fund afterschool, before-school and summer learning programs.

Take Action! Your senators need to hear from you as soon as possible. Send an email asking them to support the Boxer Amendment on 21st CCLC to protect funding for community programs that help families and children.

Afterschool Alliance





UMDNJ’s Mom2Mom peer support initiative announces new collaboration

Monday, February 4th, 2013

Dear Colleagues:

Since its launch in fall 2010, the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey’s Mom2Mom peer support initiative has been successfully caring for the mental and emotional health of mothers of special needs children in Essex, Union and Morris Counties, reaching 958 families. Today I am proud to announce that the 24/7 Mom2Mom helpline and related services are now available to parents of children with special needs statewide.

The Department of Children and Families is truly excited to collaborate with Mom2Mom on this important project as we see it as a natural partnership based on a mutual mission at heart. Supporting our caregivers through difficult times and in moments of despair is not only fundamental to ensuring the safety and well-being of our most vulnerable of populations – particularly children with special needs – but also to the well-being and success of every member of a respective family.

Yesterday I had the privilege of visiting the Mom2Mom call center at UMDNJ-University Behavioral HealthCare in Piscataway where I had the good fortune to meet, speak with and welcome the new peer counselors who will be staffing this important helpline.

Nicole Pratt is one of the new peer counselors.  She is a single mother of two special needs children, who has been a helpline caller since Mom2Mom’s inception. Nicole said she learned about Mom2Mom at a time when she was feeling overwhelmed and stressed by her daughter’s difficult progress and she needed someone to talk to. Nicole said the counselors have been a big help – just by talking to her or calling to see how she was doing. I was very moved by Nicole’s words: “They guide me, calm me and help me think clearly.”

After her experience as a caller to the Mom2Mom helpline, Nicole, who has advocated for children with special needs through community and state organizations and has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, decided to train as a counselor because she felt she had so much to share regarding her own experience raising children with two different types of disabilities and the knowledge she has gathered as a parent and advocate.

Nicole expressed her feelings which I couldn’t agree with more. She said, “Unless someone is living the same life, they can only try to understand what we are going through. It’s important for moms of children with special needs to talk to other moms who share their experience and can guide and uplift them.”

The free Mom2Mom helpline can be reached at 877-914-MOM2. Peer support via live online chat is also available at:

I want to thank all the peer counseling staff, as well as Cherie Castellano, director of Mom2Mom, and Christopher Kosseff, UBHC President and CEO for their hospitality yesterday. I commend each of them for their daily commitment to the mission of serving mothers and families of children with special needs.


Warm regards,

Allison Blake, PhD, LSW
NJ Department of Children and Families