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Afterschool Progress Report and Consumer Guide: New Jersey

How New Jersey is Helping to Keep the Lights on After School


Much More Work to Be Done

More Effort Necessary Despite Some Progress

Making Progress Yet Considerable Work Still to Be Done

Despite Unmet Need, Showing Great Progress

Leading State for Afterschool with Room to Grow

Methodological Note:

The 2011 State-by-State Progress Reports and Consumer Guides are sponsored by jcpenney. Scores for the Progress Reports were devised using a range of factors falling under three major categories: Growth in Afterschool Participation, Developments in State Afterschool Policy and Funding and Advance-ments in State Afterschool Leadership.Read more.

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Afterschool Alliance

Afterschool in New Jersey

In recent years, New Jersey has been building a strong afterschool network and working toward greater access to afterschool programs for its children in need. Their effort shows, as a large portion of New Jersey parents are satisfied with afterschool program availability (95 percent), and the state is a leader in the number of hours per week children spend in afterschool programs (10.48). These are the marks of a state that provides immense benefits to both its children and its parents during the after school hours. Yet recent cuts to afterschool funding will likely result in more children without access to quality afterschool opportunities, and without the help of state policy makers, New Jersey may well see its progress reversed.

Growth in Afterschool Participation

For more on afterschool availability in New Jersey check out New Jersey After 3PM.

New Jersey



Percentage of Kids in Afterschool Programs



Percentage of Kids in Self Care



Percentage of Parents Extremely/Somewhat Satisfied with Afterschool Program



Percentage of Kids Who Would Participate if an Afterschool Program were Available



Percentage of Kids in Summer Learning Programs



Based on the FY2011 funding level and an average per student cost of $1000, 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) can serve 22,812 students in New Jersey. However, that is only a small fraction of the 435,192 kids in New Jersey who are eligible to participate in a 21st CCLC program, if more funding were available.

Developments in State Afterschool Policy and Funding

For an explanation of specific policy activities in New Jersey check out "State Policy and Funding" on the Afterschool in New Jersey webpage.

  • State Offices Administering 21st Century Community Learning Center and Child Care Development Fund Federal Grants
  • Current Law that Directly Supports Afterschool Programs
  • State Level Councils, Studies, Pilots or Legislative Activity Intended to Advance Afterschool
  • Current State Funding for Afterschool Programming
  • An Initiative Promoting Quality Afterschool Programming

"To prevent juvenile crime, we need to keep New Jersey's children safe, healthy, and off the streets. We're working together at the local, state, and federal levels to give our children real opportunities and alternatives to turning to gangs and crime. [We] will keep fighting to fund after school, anti-drug, and anti-violence programs."

- Frank R. Lautenberg, U.S. Senate

Advancements in Afterschool Leadership

To see more partners leading the fight for afterschool in New Jersey check out Afterschool for All.

  • Governor Proclamation Supporting Lights On Afterschool in 2010
  • Statewide Afterschool Network
  • Governor's/State Agency Taskforce
  • A Member of the U.S. House of Representatives in the House Afterschool Caucus
  • A Member of the U.S. Senate in the Senate Afterschool Caucus

Afterschool Champions

  • PSE&G Foundation President Vaughn McKoy
  • Susan Martz, NJ Department of Education
  • Pat Mennuti, Executive Director of Community Coordinated Child Care of Union County
  • Cheryl Thompson, NJ Office of Licensing

State Network

New Jersey School Age Care Coalition
231 North Avenue West, Suite 363
Westfield, NJ 07090

Afterschool Caucus Member(s):

Rep. Rush Holt

Rep. Donald Payne

Sen. Frank Lautenberg

Sen. Robert Menendez

Consumer Guide: New Jersey

For many adults in America, thinking about the hours after the school day ends conjures up memories of doing homework, playing pick-up basketball, taking guitar or dance lessons or going home to Mom and a snack. But for millions of children today, those images are nothing like their reality. In fact, each day in America, more than 15 million children—some as young as 5 years old—are without supervision at home or on the streets.

The Afterschool Alliance has a host of resources that can help ensure that your child can enjoy the safe environment and proven academic and social gains that afterschool programs can afford.

What You Can Do to Support Afterschool in Your State:

Donate: The store's pennies from heaven campaign allows jcpenney shoppers to roundup their purchases to the nearest whole dollar, donating the difference to support afterschool efforts. In 2010, $108,624 was donated through jcpenney’s pennies from heaven campaign in New Jersey.

Join the Afterschool Alliance's Lights On Afterschool celebration. More than 96 programs in New Jersey participated in Lights On Afterschool in 2011. Check out Lights On Afterschool to find out how to become involved and see which programs are participating in your area.

Sign On: Currently, 101 people in New Jersey have signed the Afterschool Alliance petition to preserve funding for afterschool programs. Join them to promote afterschool for all.

Write to your Members of Congress and tell them why afterschool is a crucial resource to the children in your community.