NJ After 3, the after school program that serves mainly lower income families, will continue operations as part of a partnership with the state Department of Education, the governor announced today.
“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 Governor Chris Christie in a statement.
“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 program had been scheduled to cease operations as a result of cuts in the recent budget. According to the release, the Christie Administration has been working with the New Jersey After 3 Board of Trustees since it became clear that the program could not continue operations.
Instead, the board announced that, after discussions with New Jersey Acting Commissioner of Education Chris Cerf and other members of the Christie Administration, it will continue its mission in a new partnership with the New Jersey Department of Education to help implement the extended learning time component of New Jersey’s No Child Left Behind waiver expected to be filed in November.