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Public School Run OST (Out Of School Time) 
Program Roundtable Thursday, December 12, 2013

If you are an OST manager or director and are working in a public school district (i.e., a license exempt program,) come join this public school run OST roundtable to share information, resources and network with colleagues.

When: Thursday, December 12th from 10am - 12:30pm EST
Where: East Brunswick Public Schools Administration Building, 760 Route 18, East Brunswick, NJ 08816

The office building is nestled in the back of a complex that includes IHOP, Denny's, Red Lobster, and a Best Western hotel. The complex, which is on the north bound side of Rt. 18, is opposite Brunswick Square Mall on the highway.

*Meeting agenda is forthcoming.

Please RSVP to our host Scott Kominkiewicz at:

Request for Proposals for Sandy Recovery Life Skills 
Summer Camp for Youth Ages 13 - 17
Click here to download this announcement (PDF)


The New Jersey Department of Children and Families is the state's first comprehensive agency dedicated to ensuring the safety, well-being and success of children, youth, families and communities. Our vision is to ensure a better today and even a greater tomorrow for every individual we serve.

 A notice of availability of funds was posted on DCF's website for Sandy Recovery Life Skills Summer Camp, Youth Ages 13 - 17.

Please visit if you are interested in this announcement. Please also bear in mind the following important information: 

  • Funding of $90,000 available for one award
  • For Colleges, Universities and Non-Profit
  • Capped at $90,000 per program
  • Proposals Due December 20, 2013 at 12:00pm


LEGO Children's Fund: Grant Submission Schedule  


The LEGO Group is committed to helping children develop their creativity and learning skills through constructive play.  The LEGO Children's Fund extends this commitment to local and national organizations that support innovative projects and programming to cultivate and celebrate a child's exploration of personal creativity and creative problem-solving in all forms.  Our goal is to prepare the next generation - the builders of tomorrow - for a lifetime of creative learning and innovative thinking. 


The LEGO Children's Fund will provide grants quarterly. Applicants are invited to submit proposals anytime throughout the year.  However, to ensure that a request is considered for a particular trustee meeting, proposals must be received by the following dates:


For Grants Awarded In:
Eligibility Quiz Time Period:
Application Deadline
JuneMar. 1 - Mar 28**April 15
SeptemberJune 1 - June 28**July 15
DecemberSept. 1 - Sept. 28**October 15
MarchDec. 1 - Dec. 28**January 15

 ** Due to the overwhelming number of eligibility quizzes we receive, we have found it necessary to establish a cutoff to our quizzes. The cutoff will be the date listed or when our quota has been reached (whichever occurs first.)

Enter to win a complete set of books in the SCIENTISTS IN THE FIELD series!


Save the Children's Online Child Care Emergency Preparedness Training Program


Save the Children is delighted to provide support to your program and help you to provide a high quality early childhood environment for children in your care following Hurricane Sandy.

We want to help you be prepared for future events by offering an opportunity to take our online Child Care Emergency Preparedness Training Program.  The attached flyer provided details for you on how you can access this training for free.  The online workshop can be taken in your own time frame in the luxury of your home or center.  Upon completion, you will receive a certificate for contact hours of professional development.  

The code below and in the attached flyer will remain active throughDecember 30, 2013.  Please share the code with your staff, and colleagues who may also benefit from the important information provided.


To complete the Save the Children's Child Care Emergency Preparedness Training through the U.S. Center for Child Development and Resiliency visit:


You will be prompted to register as a user upon requesting the course, and at checkout, can enter the code: Sandy


This will cover 100% of the cost of the training. It is only valid for Child Care Emergency Preparedness Online Training.

NJACCRRA e-News: December 2013


The New Jersey Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NJACCRRA) is New Jersey's network of child care resource and referral agencies. NJACCRRA promotes a universally accessible, affordable and high quality system of early care and education that is responsive to parental choice. Visit us at


The High Cost of Child Care 2013


Findings from the 2013 NJACCRRA annual child care market rate analysis - The High Cost of Child Care 2013 - demonstrates that child care continues to be a major household expense for parents. In New Jersey, the average annual cost of child care in a licensed center for an infant up to age 12 months was $11,534 in 2013 with the cost of full time infant care ranging from a low of $8,892 per year in Cumberland County to $15,132 in Morris County. For pre-school age children, the average annual cost of care in a licensed center was $9,546 for the state with fees ranging from $7,592 in Cumberland County to $12,636 in Somerset County. Statewide, the average annual cost for child care in a registered family child care home was $8,699 for an infant and $7,790 for a preschooler.


"The cost of quality child care is out of reach for too many families," states Rebekka Zydel, president of NJACCRRA.  "As a result of increasing child care costs and the current economy, some parents have been forced to perform a balancing act between supplying basic necessities or covering child care costs to remain in the workforce in order to have income to adequately provide for their families."  


To download a copy of the full report, please visit:

Diane Genco
Executive Director
NJSACC: The Network for New Jersey's Afterschool Communities