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Healthy U

Healthy U is New Jersey’s first comprehensive, statewide initiative to address child obesity in the after-school setting. Healthy U uses the award-winning CATCH Curriculum (Coordinated Approach to Child Health). By teaching children that eating healthy and being physically active every day can be FUN, the CATCH Program has proven that establishing healthy habits in childhood can promote behavior changes that can last a lifetime. CATCH combines high energy, non-elimination activities with teaching strategies that keep kids moving and having fun. CATCH significantly increases physical activity levels of students and provides for a variety of learning experiences for students of all abilities.

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HEPA (Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Standards)

The YMCA of the USA and the state of NJ have implemented HEPA Standards that foster the best possible nutrition and physical activity outcomes for children in grades K-12 attending Out-of-School-Time programs. These standards mirror the Y’s commitment to healthier living as they provide for daily physical activity and the limiting of sedentary activities to 30 minutes increments. The Department of Children and Families requires use of television, computers and other forms of technology to be used only as an enhancement to educational lessons.

Academic Support

The YMCA of Burlington and Camden Counties SACC programs offer a quiet, structured atmosphere with Y Staff assistance to complete daily school assignments. The Primetime staff will assist each student when necessary; however children will be encouraged to complete homework independently. While assignments are checked for completion, it is the responsibility of the parent to check for accuracy. This is to help parents and teachers to better understand what academic concepts have been mastered and which require further attention. Due to program scheduling and NJ DCF licensing standards, students will be given 30 minutes to complete their assignments. Additional time after 5:00pm will be granted to children who require more time to complete their assignments. We request that parents who would like for their children to complete their homework assignments at SACC to speak with the site director to discuss the daily activity schedule.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)

STEM Education attempts to transform the typical teacher-centered classroom by encouraging a curriculum that is driven by problem-solving, discovery, exploratory learning, and require students to actively engage a situation in order to find its solution. Combing STEM learning with the youth developmental expertise of afterschool professionals has the potential to revolutionize both fields by integrating each other’s strengths.


The AfterSchool KidzLit curriculum is a reading enrichment program designed specifically for use in out-of-school settings. It increases young people’s motivation to read and builds their literacy skills. At the same time, it develops core values of helpfulness, fairness, personal responsibility, and respect for others. Leaders use a five-part process in which children hear engaging books read aloud-or read them independently-and make connections to their own lives. They express their feelings and grapple with big ideas through discussion, drama, art, movement, and writing. The program is aligned with the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) standards.


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