In 1997, the Charles Stewart Mott foundation entered into a unique public/private partnership with the U.S. Department of Education to support the Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) initiative. The Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) are federally funded programs designed to utilize after school hours by providing additional academics and learning opportunities that complement the school day; mentoring for young people by caring adults; lifelong learning opportunities for community members; and safe places to support these activities during out-of-school time.
The New Jersey Department of Education provides further support for out-of-school-time programs in NJ, which include those before school, after school or in the summer. At NJSACC, we are contracted to offer training and technical assistance to all NJDOE Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) grantees.
Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact NJSACC for more information here.
New Jersey Quality Standards for Afterschool At-A-Glance
The NJ Quality Standards for Afterschool – together with the Assessment Tool – is a resource that afterschool programs can use for self-evaluation. It should be part of a process of continuous quality improvement.
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NAA Disaster Preparedness Toolkit
Disaster Preparedness: Continuity of Organizational Operations Plan
– Forms, Checklists and Resources
Click here to download this toolkit.
The Afterschool Guide to Social and Emotional Learning
The Afterschool Guide to SEL is a compilation of a variety of resources to help afterschool professionals better understand SEL, the competencies and the role SEL plays within afterschool programs. These resources provide information about the importance and benefits of SEL, strategies to integrate SEL practice into afterschool programming and examples of successful programs built around SEL practice. Regardless of proficiency with SEL practice, the resources within this guide may be used to enhance the SEL experiences offered to youth.
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Below is a resource list that NJDOE 21st CCLC Project Directors can utilize for their programs:
- New Jersey Department of Education
- Nita M. Lowey 21CCLC grantees
- Nita M. Lowey 21st CCLC Logo (for download)
- UDE Nita M. Lowey 21CCLC contacts
- Expanding Minds and Opportunities: Leveraging the Power of Afterschool and Summer Learning for Student Success
National Training Opportunities
Afterschool For All Challenge: http://www.afterschoolalliance.org/challenge.cfm
National Youth Leadership Council: https://www.nylc.org/page/conference
Foundations, Inc. Beyond School Hours Conference: https://beyondschoolhours.org/
21st Century Afterschool Science Project (21st CASP): https://www.state.nj.us/education/21cclc/casp/
Y4Y NASA STEM Challenge: https://y4y.ed.gov/stemchallenge/nasa
NAA STEM GEMS: https://naaweb.org/resources/stem-gems
Click 2 Science: http://www.click2sciencepd.org/
Service Learning Resources
Youth Service America: https://ysa.org/
Generation Citizen: https://generationcitizen.org/
Facing History: https://www.facinghistory.org/books-borrowing/fostering-civil-discourse-guide-classroom-conversations