ERIC Number: ED352115
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
School Age Child Care: Opinions from School Administrators. Regional Report.
Delaware Valley Child Care Council, Philadelphia, PA.
In an effort to develop programs to meet school-age child care needs in southeastern Pennsylvania, a study was conducted to identify issues and needs as perceived by public school officials in the region. Superintendents and elementary school principals from 61 suburban school districts were surveyed, and 170, or 51 percent, responded. A total of 99 percent of the respondents felt that elementary school students should be supervised before and after school hours, and 86 percent perceived growth in the number of unsupervised children. Results also showed that 73 percent thought that school facilities should be used to provide school-age child care services, and 85 percent felt that school-based programs should be operated by nonschool groups in collaboration with the schools. Parents were cited most frequently (by 25% of the respondents) as being responsible for paying for child care services. Costs and lack of space were the most frequently cited barriers to school-age child care services. Of the 61 districts, 46 indicated that programs in their community served their students. Transportation to community-based programs was provided by 22 districts. In the 19 districts that had programs located in their schools, only 2 programs were operated by the schools themselves. Most programs were supported by parent fees ranging from $10 to $36 weekly for before- or after-school care only, and from $12 to $108 weekly for both before- and after-school care. Responses by county are detailed. (AC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Center for Research and Educational Development, Santiago (Chile).
Authoring Institution: Delaware Valley Child Care Council, Philadelphia, PA.
Note: Project was funded by the Southeastern School Age Child Care Project.