November 2014 Issue

Hello Everyone and Happy Holidays!Photo of ED Diane Genco


As November draws to a close, we have many exciting announcements to share with you. Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.



Institute on Expanded Learning: Opportunities for Student Success
Thursday, November 20, 2014 


Thank you to everyone who joined us for a wonderful day! School leaders, chief school administrators, charter school lead persons and building administrators were all in attendance at the Institute on Expanded Learning, discussing a wide range of topics, including: out of school time programming, expanded learning opportunities, parent involvement, youth engagement and more!

Missed it? Join the conversation on the web using the hashtag #ELONJ and find out more of what was discussed! :)
Congress Sends Bipartisan Child Care Bill to President

For the first time in 18 years, Congress has passed CCDBG Reauthorization, as the bill now awaits President Obama's signature to become law.

Today, the Senate voted to pass S.1086, the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014 led by Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), and Richard Burr (R-NC) and Representatives John Kline (R-MN), George Miller (D-CA), Todd Rokita (R-IN), and David Loebsack (D-IA)

In September, the House approved the measure by a voice vote, sending the amended version of the bill the Senate originally passed 96-2 in March 2014.

S.1086 includes measures to:
  • Promote quality child care by increasing state-level investments in activities to improve the quality of care, enhancing states' ability to train providers and develop safer and more effective child care services.
  • Strengthen health and safety requirements in child care programs and providers.
  • Improve access to child care by expanding eligibility for participating families and helping families connect with quality programs that meet their needs.
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NJ Senate panel clears bill to have state study starting school day later
The Senate Education Committee unanimously approved a bill that would direct the Department of Education to study starting school days later

The state Senate's education committee this morning unanimously endorsed a bill that would direct the state Department of Education to study the idea of requiring New Jersey middle and high schools to start their days after 8:30 a.m.


The department would be required to consider the recommendation by the American Academy of Pediatrics to institute later start times for adolescents, which cited research showing that teens who don't get enough sleep "suffer physical and mental health problems, an increased risk of automobile accidents and a decline in academic performance."

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NJ Afterschool Action
In This Issue
Expanded Learning Training
Child Care Bill Approved
Will NJ Start Schools Later?
Training Calendar
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Thank you for reading this edition of NJ Afterschool Action.  We always want to hear from you, so please send your questions, comments, and ideas to:  


Diane Genco
Executive Director 

Lee McDermott Schaefer
Policy Director

NJSACC works to build lasting public support for quality afterschool programs across New Jersey. Led by a public-private partnership, NJSACC enhances public awareness and support; offers guidance for parents, providers, and advocates; strengthens relationships with policymakers, funders, practitioners, and parents, and shares best practices in the field.
Afterschool In The News
Diane Genco
New Jersey School Age Care Coalition