ERIC Number: ED248015
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
School-Age Child Care: It Works!
Lambert, J. Hamilton
Serving about 1,300 youths and including three time options and approximately 40 programs, school-age child care works in Fairfax County, Virginia. A contract between the county government and the school board clearly states each party's roles and responsibilities. The county assumes responsibility for all administrative and staffing functions, while the schools provide space and furnishings. Reasons for the success of the program also include (1) harmony between the county government and the school board; (2) parent participation; (3) provision of varied activities for children; (4) achievement of maximum benefits at minimum costs; (5) reduction of potential vandalism and related problems; (6) reduction of child neglect; (7) provision of resources for handicapped youth; and (8) popularity of the program with prospective employers, employees, and home buyers. In short, the program contributes significantly to the quality of life in Fairfax County. Demographic trends indicate that the county has a large number of single-parent families and will continue to exceed neighboring jurisdictions in the number of families with two or more members in the work force. As Fairfax County grows as an employment center, the need for child care programs will continue to grow. (RH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Virginia (Fairfax County)
Note: Paper presented at the Fairfax County Office for Children Conference (Vienna, VA, April 12-13, 1984).