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When: Thursday, March 19, 2015



First Baptist Church

170 Elm Street

Westfield, NJ 07090


Time: 11:00am - 1:00pm *


Cost: FREE, but registration is required and limited to 25 people


If you operate a Licensed Afterschool Program, come join us for this valuable roundtable to share information, resources and network with colleagues!
* Lunch will be provided along with door prizes.
For questions, contact NJSACC at: 908-789-0259

Due 3/12 New Jersey Afterschool/Summer Program Notice of Grant Opportunity (NGO)
Click here to apply

The New Jersey Department of Education, Office of Student Support Services, is pleased to announce the release of the New Jersey Afterschool/Summer Program Notice of Grant Opportunity (NGO).

You may view and download this NGO at:

Eligible agencies are limited to Public or Private youth serving organizations.

A technical assistance workshop was held on February 12, 2015. Please review those details in the NGO.

The New Jersey Afterschool/Summer Program is a state-funded grant program open to to national or statewide youth-serving organizations to expand existing afterschool/summer programs or to create new programs that offer high-quality, engaging out of school time (OST) activities to youth throughout New Jersey.

These programs will increase students' career and college readiness and increase positive student behavior while engaging parents through the provision of academic support and enrichment activities in at least one of the following areas: academic support, science, technology and math (STEM, career exploration and/or community service).

The target population is students between the ages of 5-18.

This is a sixteen (16) month grant program.

Applicants may apply for up to $250,000.

Click here for details

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.

With that mission in mind, a new free resource has been developed and is now available to all after school programs focusing on providing healthy snacks following the At-Risk Afterschool Meal Program's requirements for afterschool programs. 

The Healthy Snack Guide was designed to help afterschool organizations, families, and communities serve, create, and educate youth about healthy snacks and/or meals. This guide provides information regarding At-Risk Meals Program eligibility, Nutrition Guidelines, sample snack menus, fruit and vegetable guides, and much more.

NJSACC, in collaboration with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, is offering this free resource directly from their website and blog. 

Click here for details and to download NJSACC's new Healthy Snack Guide.

Click here to learn more about the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.

Click here to access the Activity Submission Form

On Saturday, April 18 from 2-4pm, NJSACC will host an activity fair featuring the best activities from afterschool professionals throughout NJ.  This event will be held in Westfield, NJ.


To make this event a success, we need your help!  NJSACC is seeking the best activities that support English Language Arts, Math and Science learning afterschool.  If selected, you will present a roughly 5 minute overview of the activity "round robin" style to a small groups of attendees.  Be prepared to show examples of the activity in process and/or photos of the activity in progress.  


Note:  this is NOT a "make it, take it" event.  For example, NJSACC will create a short summary of your activity to share with attendees.  You will be credited on the summary sheet. 


If selected, presenters will receive: a $75 gift card and a thank-you gift from NJSACC.  


This event promises to be a lively and entertaining afternoon of learning with your peers in the afterschool field!


How to get involved:  Simply fill out the Activity Submission form which can be found here.


Submit your activity by Friday, March 20th!


For questions, please contact Lee McDermott Schaefer at:

NJSACC Offers Mini�Grants to Support and Expand Afterschool Meals in NJ - apply by 3/20
Click here to download the application form (PDF)
Click here to learn more

Thanks to the generosity of the Walmart Foundation, NJSACC is offering mini�grants to qualifying organizations to support and expand afterschool meals in NJ.

A limited number of grants between $500 and $2,500 are available. Applications are due by 5:00pm on Friday, March 20, 2015. Grantees will also receive technical assistance and support from NJSACC.

Awardees are expected to use funds to expand access to afterschool meals utilizing USDA funds through the CACFP At�Risk Afterschool Meal Program for children in NJ. More information about eligibility requirements can be found on our website at:

Examples of activities to "expand access" include:
  • becoming an approved sponsor for the first time
  • adding new meal sites
  • adding service days (such as adding additional service days during the school week or by serving meals on holidays or weekends)
  • increasing total meals at existing sites
  • changing or adding a new meal service (such as changing from snacks to full meals)
  • providing year�round meal service (such as summer meal providers adding afterschool suppers)

Funds will be considered for the following uses:
  • Foodservice equipment
  • Inspection fees/related repairs
  • Transportation related expenses
  • Enrichment/educational activities or supplies
  • Kickoff or Celebration Events (max. $500)
Grantees will agree to:
  • submit a final report to NJSACC
  • participate in communication materials NJSACC may develop
Application materials must be submitted to:
Lee McDermott Schaefer, NJSACC
208 Lenox Avenue, #363
Westfield, NJ 07090

A complete application includes:
  1. A completed application form
  2. The following items:
  • A cover letter signed by your organization's Executive Director, Board President or other official representative
  • A budget outlining your proposed expenses
  • A copy of your tax determination letter (if applicable)
  • A copy of your child care license (if applicable)
Applications are due by 5:00pm on Friday, March 20, 2015. Late submissions and incomplete applications will not be considered.

This grant opportunity is available thanks to the generosity of the Walmart Foundation.

Click here to download the application form (PDF)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

Can I use a mini-grant to purchase food?

No. The mini-grants are intended to support the "start-up" costs associated with becoming a sponsor for the first time, expanding existing sites, or adding new sites that utilize the CACFP At-Risk Afterschool Meal Program. This includes:


  • Foodservice equipment
  • Inspection fees/related repairs
  • Transportation related expenses
  • Enrichment/educational activities or supplies
  • Kickoff or Celebration Events (max. $500)

What is the CACFP At-Risk Afterschool Meal Program?


The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) provides federal funds to eligible afterschool programs to serve meals to children age 18 and under during the school year. Eligibility is determined using Free and Reduced Price lunch data for the school district your program operates in. The meals can be served at any time during the afterschool program, either at a traditional dinner time or immediately when the students arrive after school depending on the length of the afterschool program. An afterschool snack can also be served in addition to the meal.

In NJ, this program is administered by the NJ Department of Agriculture. You must apply and become an approved sponsor by the NJ Department of Agriculture. The NJ Department of Agriculture provides the reimbursement for meals and will monitor your site.


Is my program eligible for CACFP?


More information about eligibility can be found on NJSACC's website here.

You can also contact the NJ Department of Agriculture at 609-984-1250 to determine your eligibility and learn about required training dates.

Please continue to contact Lee McDermott Schaefer at: or at 908-789-0259 with questions about this initiative. 

Thank you!

Click here to apply today!

Do you work directly with children and youth in out-of-school time? Are you looking to build your science teaching skills? NJSACC is participating in an exciting STEM micro-credential and digital badging pilot with the National AfterSchool Association and Click2Science PD. We are looking for 25 front line staff as pilot participants between March 1st and May 30th.

Participants will receive training and coaching to increase competency in the following four science skills: 
    • Embracing Active STEM Learning
    • Encouraging Collaborative STEM Work
    • Reflecting and Processing STEM Experiences
    • Making Connections to STEM Careers
Participants will need to:
  • commit to 14 hours over the course of the pilot between March 1st and May 30th
  • attend face-to-face science skill training planned for March 3, 10 or 11th
  • participate in observation or other documentation demonstrating application of the four science skills within the out-of-school time environment
  • document knowledge of the four science skills through assessment, demonstration, and self-reflection
  • complete online assessment of at least one of four skills to earn micro-credentials and digital badges
  • participate in market research survey
Click here to apply today!

Join us Sat 3/28! The Princeton Environmental Film Festival Hosts its 1st Ever Trashion Show
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The Princeton Environmental Film Festival is just over a month away, and the library is already gearing up with some excellent programming to compliment the screenings and discussions taking place.

They are excited to announce the first ever PEFF Trashion Show on Saturday, March 28th at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the Princeton Public Library.

Would you like a chance to design an outfit and walk the red carpet? 

All students, 3rd grade through college, are welcome to submit and model original fashion designs created from any items that would otherwise have been discarded or recycled.

Walk that red carpet in an outfit made from... trash! Well, recyclables anyway! And we are offering some design help in creating your outfit this month, with two workshops lead by Princeton Day School teacher Olivia Rutigliano. The workshops are intended for children, teens and college students.

Workshop Dates: Saturday Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. and Saturday Feb. 28 at 10:30 a.m. in the Princeton Public Library.

Sign up here to enter to participate in the Trashion Show. You may model your own design or have a friend walk and wear for you.

Suggested materials include (but are not limited to):
  • Paper/plastic bags
  • Newspapers/magazines
  • Food packages/wrappers/labels
  • Tin/aluminum foil
  • Soda tabs
  • Incomplete decks of cards
  • Metal/plastic bottle caps
  • Plastic cups
  • Broken umbrellas
  • Lightweight cardboard
  • Plastic utensils
  • Corks
  • Wrinkled tissue paper
  • Empty tape rolls/spools of thread
  • Old lampshades
  • Foam peanuts/packing material
Transparent or revealing designs are prohibited. Students may choose to have a friend model their designs. For trashion inspiration, visit our Pinterest board by clicking here.

The deadline to enter is Saturday, March 14, 2015.

The Princeton Environmental Film Festival is sponsored by the Princeton Public Library and is held annually at 65 Witherspoon Street in downtown Princeton, New Jersey, with additional special events offered throughout the year.

Click here for a schedule of events.
Diane Genco
Executive Director
NJSACC: The Network for New Jersey's Afterschool Communities