Posts Tagged ‘training’

Join us Wed 6/11 for New Jersey’s 21st Century Community Learning Center Programs Present Soaring Beyond Expectations: A Statewide Afterschool Showcase

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Click here for details and to register!

This Afterschool Showcase will highlight best practices of NJ’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) Programs

This event is open statewide to anyone interested in utilizing afterschool, before school or summer school as a strategy to improve youth’s knowledge and skills and engage them in meaningful learning opportunities.

Who should attend?

  • School personnel
  • Afterschool directors
  • Teachers
  • Youth Workers
  • Others interested in starting or enhancing an existing afterschool, before school or summer program

When: Wednesday, June 11, 2014  

Time: 8:30am – 2:30pm

Where: NJPSA
12 Centre Drive
Monroe Twp, NJ 08831


Cost: $30 per person includes lunch and all materials.

When registering you will need to select the workshops you would like to attend.

Please click here to see the descriptions of the workshops being offered. Workshops will fill up quickly. Register early to have the best chance of getting your first choice. If a workshop is full it will not appear as a choice when you register.

Last day to register is June 2, 2014!

For questions, contact us via phone at: (908) 789-0259 or via e-mail at: This training is brought to you by the New Jersey Department of Education in collaboration with NJSACC.

This project was funded in part with federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by No Child Left Behind, Title IV, Part B, 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) grant funds through a grant agreement with the New Jersey Department of Education.

This will be fantastic! Have you registered for NIOST’s ‘Leading for Quality’ Training designed for NJSACC? 5/28 5/29 5/30

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Click here to register by Friday 5/16/14

Come to the National Institute on Out-of-School Time’s Leading for Qualitytraining designed specifically for NJSACC. This new training is for directors of all experience levels who run single or multi-site programs. Join afterschool and extended day professionals who want to boost their leadership skills, create a plan for program improvements and strengthen their organization through a variety of hands on, experiential learning activities.

Date: May 28, 29 & 30, 2014


Time: 9am – 2pm each day / Registration will begin at 8:30am


Place: NJSACC, 170 Elm Street, Westfield, NJ 07090


Cost: $120 per person includes breakfast, lunch and materials each day

Goals of Training: 

  • Learn how to promote high quality programs and engage families
  • Learn how to hire, orient and support staff properly
  • Take tips back to your program to meet the needs of children through engagement in learning and building supportive staff relationships
  • Build your leadership skills with hands on activities

Targeted Audience are Directors who are:

  • Ready to increase their management and leadership skills
  • New or from programs experiencing challenges such as staff turnover, budget constraints, or other organizational issues
  • Seeking to make changes

Training Content: 

  • 3 days of hands on, interactive training incorporating the NJ Quality Standards for Afterschool
  • Trainer will assist directors in beginning to set goals for staff development, programmatic and other quality improvements
  • Each participant will receive a comprehensive notebook for personal reflection and reference

Last day to register will be Friday, May 16, 2014. No refunds will be given afterMay 16, 2014 but substitutions can be made at any time.

Click here to register by Friday 5/16/14

New Jersey Pyramid Model Partnership: A Working Group of the New Jersey Council for Young Children

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

The New Jersey Pyramid Model Partnership is working to accomplish these five specific goals:
  1. To develop and maintain an interagency, collaborative state leadership team to develop policies, procedures, and other mechanisms for the planning, implementation, evaluation, and maintenance of a standardized professional development system that supports the use of The Pyramid Model and practices;
  2. To connect currently existing systems and programs in the statewide implementation of The Pyramid Model;
  3. To provide all of the early childhood community with the support needed to implement The Pyramid Model with fidelity;
  4. To ensure families are knowledgeable about and have access to programs that implement The Pyramid Model; and
  5. To ensure that the public and public and private funding sources recognize The Pyramid Model as an evidence-based approach that promotes the healthy social-emotional development of infants and young children.

Projected Results:

  • Increas-e social skills and positive behaviors in infants and young children
  • Enhance awareness of the significance of early childhood mental health
  • Strengthen family participation in the development of social-emotional competence in infants and young children
  • Increase the number of high quality programs available to families of infants and young children
  • Reduce the number of problem behavior incidents in young children
  • Increase engagement thereby reducing the number of behavioral referrals for social/emotional issues in young children
  • Enrich the knowledge and skills of the early childhood community in an effort develop and maintain social-emotional competence and reduce the number of problem behavior incidents among infants and young children
  • Boost young children’s participation in general education by strengthening social-emotional competence and reducing the number of related behavioral referrals
New Jersey Pyramid Model Partnership Leadership Team Members:

  • Suzanne Burnette, New Jersey Head Start Collaboration Director
  • Denise Bouyer Hargrove, Statewide Parent Advocacy Network NJ
  • Andrea Breitwieser, Department of Children and Families, Division of Family and Community Partnerships
  • Pamela Brillante, William Paterson University
  • Rob Corso, Pyramid Model Consultant
  • Gerry Costa, Center for Autism & Early Childhood Mental Health, Montclair State University
  • Tonya Coston, Office of Early Childhood Education, New Jersey Department of Education
  • Nezzie DeFrank, Programs for Parents
  • Loray Dobson, Preschool Intervention and Referral Team, Camden Public Schools
  • Keri Giordano, Children’s Learning Center, New Jersey City University
  • Amy Goerl, Early childhood and special education consultant
  • Sunday Gustin, Department of Children and Families, Division of Family and Community Partnerships
  • Terry Harrison, Part C Coordinator, New Jersey Department of Health
  • Kathleen Priestley, Early childhood and Special Education Consultant
  • Barbara Tkach, Part B Coordinator, New Jersey Department of Education
  • Ellen Samitt, HOPES CAP, Inc.
  • Cynthia Schaefer, New Jersey Office of Licensing
  • Liz Vaughan, Office of Early Childhood Education, New Jersey Department of Education
Our Vision:

All infants and young children ages 0-8 in New Jersey will have the opportunity to develop social emotional competence

Our Mission:

Utilizing The Pyramid Model, the New Jersey Pyramid Model Partnership will create an integrated approach to support all who work with infants and young children ages 0-8 and their families to develop social-emotional competence.


This group was started in 2009 with a shared vision of increasing the social-emotional competency of infants and young children across New Jersey through the implementation of The “Pyramid Model for Supporting Social-Emotional Competence in Infants and Young Children” (the Pyramid Model). The Pyramid Model is a conceptual model of evidence-based practices for promoting young children’s social-emotional competence and preventing and addressing challenging behavior. Developed by two national training centers (the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) and the Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Interventions for Young Children (TACSEI)) and funded by the Office of Head Start and the Child Care Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, this evidence-based model represents a sound framework for early care and educator systems.

The New Jersey Pyramid Model Partnership is an interagency, collaborative working group with the purpose of putting in place the mechanisms required to adopt, implement, and sustain the Pyramid Model in the state of New Jersey. In 2012, the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health subcommittee of the New Jersey Council for Young Children developed a goal to promote and implement The Pyramid Model statewide and funded the work.

For more information about the Pyramid Model approach, please visit: For additional information about the New Jersey Pyramid Model Partnership, contact Keri Giordano at: or 201-200-3342.


Join us! Thurs Jan 23, 2014 2-3pm EST for ‘Afterschool and the Common Core State Standards’ Webinar

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Click here to register today!

With the goal of better preparing students for college and careers, 45 states have adopted the Common Core State Standards in both English Language Arts and Math.  As more schools begin to implement the Common Core, afterschool programs have the opportunity to support the learning that takes place during the school day and align programming to bolster students’ academic growth and achievement. Come and join us on Thursday, January 23, 2014 from 2-3pm ESTfor this exciting webinar!

Guest speakers include a mix of teachers and afterschool leaders who are currently working to integrate Common Core within local afterschool programs.  This webinar will introduce the afterschool field to the Common Core and highlight the role afterschool programs are playing to support learning around these standards.

Guest Speakers:

  • Liz Bamberg; Teacher, Bridge the Gap College Prep
  • Kelly Matteri; Teacher, Bridge the Gap College Prep
  • Jen Wheeler; Teaching and Learning Manager, Baltimore Urban Debate League
  • Tangee Allen; Co-Founder, Raising Expectations
  • Maria Armstrong; Co-Founder, Raising Expectations
  • Nikki Yamashiro; Research Associate, Afterschool Alliance

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.