TRENTON –The New Jersey After 3 program will continue its work for New Jersey children and families through a renewed public-private partnership implementing the Department of Education’s federal No Child Left Behind waiver application that will expand and improve programs to extend learning beyond the traditional school day, Gov. Chris Christie announced today. This new partnership between New Jersey After 3 and the New Jersey Department of Education will allow New Jersey After 3 to continue to serve New Jersey school children and working families by implementing a new extended learning program.
The program had been slated to shut down today as a result of the loss of state funding.
“Funding decisions in challenging times like these are very difficult and require new approaches to deliver valuable services for the people of our state. New Jersey After 3 is a good and worthwhile program that benefits children and working families. By partnering with the New Jersey Department of Education to develop extended learning programs as part of our No Child Left Behind waiver application. New Jersey After 3 will be able to enhance and expand learning opportunities for our school children,” said Christie. “I wanted my Administration to find whatever ways we could to work with New Jersey After 3, to leverage public-private cooperation and find innovative approaches to refine their program and ultimately make it possible to provide more school children with quality extended learning time programs.”
“The New Jersey After 3 Board has a new sense of commitment to carry out our mission on behalf of the New Jersey school children and parents we serve,” said After 3 Chairman Douglas Kennedy. “In order to carry on our mission, we will tap our own public-private expertise and partner with the Department of Education to design and develop an extended learning program that fits with and complements the state’s federal No Child Left Behind waiver application. This is an innovative funding and educational approach that we believe will mutually benefit the After 3 program and the State of New Jersey. “I am extremely pleased with and grateful for the outreach and cooperation from the Governor’s Office and Acting Education Commissioner Chris Cerf.”
New Jersey expects to submit its No Child Left Behind waiver application to the Obama Administration in mid-November. The Department of Education will work closely with New Jersey After 3 to build on its existing evidence-based program model to meet the extended learning time program objectives of the federal waiver application. In this way, the state will be able to take advantage of the proven educational resources and capabilities of New Jersey After 3 and, most importantly, enhance quality, evidence-based extended learning opportunities for working families and their children through a positive after-school learning experience.
“The No Child Left Behind waiver opportunity allows New Jersey to develop and implement more effective programs for our children attending those schools in desperate need of improvement,” said Cerf. “I look forward to working with New Jersey After 3 and other reform-minded members of the education community to implement our No Child Left Behind waiver application.”
Based in New Brunswick, New Jersey After 3 was created in 2004 to expand learning time through high-quality, cost-effective after-school programs across urban, suburban and rural communities. New Jersey After 3, which has served more than 75,000 children and their families, works with public schools and community based non-profits to deliver cost-effective, research-based after-school programs each school day, expanding learning time for thousands of students by more than 40 percent in 29 public schools statewide. New Jersey After 3 programs keep children safe between the hours of 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., strive to improve student achievement, support working families and promote positive youth development.
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