ERIC Number: ED254317
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
School Facilities Child Care Act. Hearing before the Subcommittee on Education, Arts and Humanities of the Committee on Labor and Human Resources. United States Senate, Ninety-Eighth Congress, Second Session on S. 1531 to Encourage the Use of Public School Facilities before and after School Hours for the Care of School-Aged Children and for Other Purposes (Seminole, Florida, April 27, 1984).
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources.
Pinellas County, Florida was chosen as the site for this hearing on the issue of school-age child care because this county has the largest before- and after-school program in the United States. Representatives of the coalition of organizations that began the Pinellas County program in 1976 testified before the committee; these organizations included Latchkey Services for Children, the Juvenile Welfare Board, and the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services. Oral testimony was also presented by a panel of eight children who attend the Pinellas Latchkey Program and by representatives of the Florida Parent Teachers Association, Campfire, and the American Bar Association. Written statements were presented by two senators and by the National Association of Counties, the Young Women's Christian Association, and the Child Care Law Center. Hearing testimony stressed the need for government-supported school-age child care for low income families who cannot afford child care and who leave children at home unattended while the parents work. Potential benefits of the proposed bill to help finance school-age day care in public schools and nonprofit community centers were also discussed. These benefits include increased stability of the workforce and the reduction of children's risk due to emotional problems, discipline problems, academic problems, accidents, and sexual victimization. (CB)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources.
Identifiers: Congress 98th; Florida (Pinellas County); Latchkey Children