New Jersey

Afterschool programs in New Jersey keep kids safe, inspire learning, and give working parents peace of mind. Kids discover who they are and what they love to do, make smart choices, and avoid risky behaviors.

Unmet demand for afterschool and summer programs in New Jersey is high


In 2019, 454,931 children (32%) would have been enrolled in a summer program if one were available to them.

Afterschool programs are supporting kids and families in New Jersey

Kids in afterschool enjoy a wide range of benefits, and parents and families benefit too:


Keeping kids safe and out of trouble


Giving working parents peace of mind


Engaging kids in STEM learning


Helping kids build
life skills


Providing kids physical activity

New Jersey parents strongly support afterschool


of parents support public funding for afterschool

21st Century Community Learning Centers are the only federal funded before-school, afterschool, and summer learning programs.


FY 2021


of kids enrolled in New Jersey afterschool attend a 21st CCLC program


in federal funds supports 21st CCLC programs statewide


FY 2022


kids served in New Jersey


to New Jersey

Learn more about 21st Century Community Learning Centers

* This figure is an Afterschool Alliance calculation based on the state-allocated 21st CCLC funding and a program cost of $1,000 per child. The program cost per child is an Afterschool Alliance estimation based on the Department of Education's per-student expenditures for: (1) all students attending 21st CCLC programs and (2) students who regularly attend 21st CCLC programs.

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New Jersey Contacts


The statewide afterschool network is working to ensure that all kids have access to high-quality afterschool and summer learning programs.

Diane Genco
New Jersey School-Age Care Coalition
208 Lenox Ave
Westfield, NJ 7090

AMBASSADORS work to ensure that all kids have access to high-quality afterschool and summer learning programs.

Ambassador for 2019-20
Darnell Scott
The Jointure
1124 US 202 South, Suite B10
Raritan, NJ 8869
908-722-0233 x110

Ambassador Emeritus
Denise Sellers
Haddonfield Child Care
PO Box 107
Haddonfield, NJ 08033-0191

Ambassador Emeritus
Sarah Cruz
Newark Public Schools
230 broadway
Newark, NJ 7052
(973) 412-1910

Ambassador Emeritus
Keith Pressey
Orange Extended School Day Program
29 North Day Street
Orange, NJ 07050-3608

Ambassador Emeritus
Elnardo Webster
Roselle Borough Public Schools
710 Locust Street
Roselle, NJ 7203
(908) 298-2040

Since 2005, members of the Afterschool Caucus in both the Senate and the House of Representatives have been building support and resources for quality afterschool programs.

Caucus members in your state:

Sen Robert Menendez (D-NJ)

For the past 7 years, the Afterschool Alliance has been a proud sponsor organization for national AmeriCorps VISTA projects, supporting State Afterschool Networks and STEM Ecosystems to increase the access to and quality of enrichment opportunities for youth.

Currently there are no Afterschool VISTA locations in your state.


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