ERIC Number: ED418780
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
School-Age Child Care: Texas School District Involvement: A Report.
Reid, Kristen; Temple, Judy
With increasing numbers of parents at work or in training and education programs when children get out of school, the existence and quality of school-age child care (SACC) affects not only families, but the community as a whole. Texas school district involvement with SACC was examined, and qualities of model programs and barriers to developing SACC programs were ascertained. In 1995, over 80 percent of superintendents or designated representatives from 1,046 public school districts responded to a survey examining the availability and components of school district-assisted SACC programs. Barriers to implementing SACC were also explored. Findings indicated that larger districts were more likely than smaller ones to have SACC programs. The greatest challenges to providing SACC were funding, transportation, overburdened teachers, and administrators. Most programs were housed in elementary schools, and 85 percent shared space with other activities. About half the districts participated in program development, although non-profit agencies were primarily responsible for SACC program development. The most commonly offered activities were indoor time, outdoor time, homework help, structured activities, activity centers, small group activities, and sports/physical activities. Problems associated with district-assisted SACC programs were the wear on the facility, costs to parents, and difficulty in gaining access to school facilities. Interviews with experts revealed that although they considered most Texas SACC programs to be "adequate," the programs did not meet the standards for a model program. Issues raised by experts included funding and affordable care, educating parents, rural area needs, middle school children's needs, hours of operation, space availability, school responsibility, and outside agency SACC management. (Author/KB)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, After School Programs, Day Care Centers, Elementary Education, Financial Problems, Program Attitudes, Program Descriptions, School Age Day Care, School District Size, School Districts, State Surveys
Publication Center, Texas Work and Family Clearinghouse, Texas Workforce Commission, 101 East 15th Street, Room 416T, Austin, TX 78778-0001; phone: 512-936-3228; fax: 512-936-3255; World-Wide Web: www.twc.state.tx.us/wrkfrcdev/wfchp.html; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (single copy, free).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Texas Workforce Commission, Austin.
Authoring Institution: Texas Work and Family Clearinghouse, Austin.; Texas Univ., Austin. School of Social Work.
Identifiers: Child Care Costs; Program Characteristics; Quality Indicators; Texas