Afterschool in New Jersey

Facts & Research

  • In New Jersey, 19% (267,945) of K-12 youth are responsible for taking care of themselves after school.
  • Of all New Jersey children not currently enrolled in afterschool, 36% (422,067) would be likely to participate IF an afterschool program were available in their community.
  • 87% of parents in New Jersey are satisfied with the afterschool program their child attends.
  • 16% (231,279) of New Jersey's K-12 children participate in afterschool programs, including 22,246 kids in programs supported by the U.S. Department of Education's 21st Century Community Learning Centers initiative, the only federal program dedicated to afterschool.

For afterschool participation and funding levels in New Jersey, refer to the Afterschool in New Jersey Fact Sheet.

Explore America After 3PM for even more research on afterschool programs in New Jersey.

State Policy and Funding

In 1988, the Division of Prevention and Community Partnerships in the New Jersey Department of Children and Families developed the Family Friendly Centers program, which provides $2.5 million in grants to afterschool programs providing enrichment activities to participants. New Jersey After 3 (NJA3) was founded in 2004 to increase afterschool support systems for families, and has since received nearly $75 million in state funding. However, NJA3's funding was eliminated in the FY2012 budget. Despite the setback, the state afterschool network, New Jersey School Age Care Coalition (NJSACC), has convened a quality standards development committee to develop New Jersey's first statewide standards for afterschool.

Check out the State Policy section of our website for state-specific data and ideas for developing and advancing afterschool policy at the state level.

See Policy News for the latest on afterschool legislation from Washington, D.C.

Interested in running an afterschool tutoring program?

Find information on the application process and selection criteria for Supplemental Educational Services (SES) providers in your state here.

New Jersey received $66 million to turn around its persistently lowest achieving schools through the ARRA-School Improvement Grants (SIG) program. ARRA-SIG grants are part of the $3.5 billion that were made available to states from money set aside in the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the FY 2010 federal budget. Eligible schools may use ARRA-SIG funding to support extended learning-time opportunities.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 offers numerous opportunities to support extended learning-time including afterschool, before school and summer programs. See more on afterschool and the Recovery here.

Your statewide afterschool network has a webpage with useful resources and policy updates:

News & Voices

What's the word on afterschool in your state? News clippings, noteworthy quotes and feel good stories highlight New Jersey's afterschool cause.

What leaders are saying in New Jersey:

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

There are no recent afterschool news stories for New Jersey.

Want more news on afterschool? Check out this month's Afterschool Advocate and our blog Afterschool Snack.

America's Afterschool Storybook tells the stories of people and communities transformed by afterschool programs. Read more inspiring stories from America's Afterschool Storybook from people across the country.

From John Higbee's Afterschool Story:

I first got involved with the S.C.O.R.E. program four years ago when JoAnn saw me open for David Lee Roth and Van Halen... she asked me if I wanted to come down to the program and teach. It sounded interesting and I thought I'd take a chance.

Read more from John Higbee's Afterschool Story

From Maryanne Adekunle's Afterschool Story:

Afterschool program help develop students.

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From Anna Nunoo's Afterschool Story:

Being in this program has made me realize it is possible for me to enter into STEM careers and made me improve on life skills...

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From Marquise Grant's Afterschool Story:

In my [afterschool] program we do some team building activities...

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From Stephanie Lamerce's Afterschool Story:

Our program expose youth to new forms of Art and Science.

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From Julian Perez's Afterschool Story:

 The [afterschool] program has helped me stay out of negative situations and has guided me to be more responsible.

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From Betsy Vivar's Afterschool Story:

 Afterschool is important to me because it helps us students terms of character.

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From Dominique Peralta's Afterschool Story:

I believe afterschool programs are essential to all communities.

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Afterschool Champions

New Jersey has champions across the state leading the fight to ensure that all children have access to safe and enriching afterschool programs.

On March 3, 2005, members of Congress established the first-ever Afterschool Caucus in both the Senate and the House of Representatives in order to build support for afterschool programs and increase resources for quality afterschool care. The following elected officials from New Jersey participate in their chamber's Afterschool Caucus:

Senate Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ)

Afterschool for All brings together individuals and organizations from across the nation who support the vision that all children and youth deserve access to quality, affordable afterschool programs. Here's a list of some prominent Afterschool for All participants in New Jersey:

James E. McGreevey, Governor of New Jersey (2002-2004)

Selected from some of the most effective afterschool programs and advocacy organizations in the nation, the Afterschool Ambassadors work every day to help keep kids safe, inspire children to learn and help working families. They know firsthand the barriers and benefits that communities face in making afterschool available to all children and are a great resource for programs throughout New Jersey. Here is a list of past and present ambassadors in your state:

Ambassador Emeritus:
Roselle Borough Public Schools
710 Locust Street
Roselle, NJ 7203

Ambassador Emeritus:
Haddonfield Child Care
P.O. Box 107
Haddonfield, NJ 8033

Ambassador Emeritus:
Orange Extended School Day Program
29 North Day Street
Orange, NJ 7050

State Contact

Diane Genco
Executive Director
New Jersey School-Age Care Coalition
231 North Avenue West
Suite 363
Westfield, NJ 07090