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ERIC Number: ED272270
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Latchkey Children and Programs.
Walters, Karen
Various agencies are attempting to meet the needs of latchkey children through programs run by parent alliances, community organizations, social service agencies, youth groups, schools, businesses, churches, and private day care centers. Studies of latchkey children during the past 15 years have concentrated on measuring the effects of self-care on children's academic and social activities, on their fears, and on rates of accidents and child abuse. Perhaps the biggest obstacle to programs for these children is the lack of policies concerning child care for school-aged children at the federal and state levels, a void that leaves local schools uncertain about their potential role. Yet schools should have an important voice in the development of programs to respond to the problem of latchkey children. Appropriate staff selection is an important factor in the success of such programs. If after-school programs are geared toward academic achievement, staff selection would probably be based on educational achievement and proper credentials. If, on the other hand, developmental goals focus on an enrichment curriculum, experience and attitude might be a more meaningful standard for staff selection. After deciding what type of program is needed, the school and community should work together to develop a program tailored to local needs. (A sample of one school's after-school study program's grant application is included.) (HOD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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