ERIC Number: ED282321
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
School-Age Child Care: A Legal Manual for Public School Administrators.
Cohen, Abby J.
Current national concern about increasing numbers of latchkey children has been addressed by policy initiatives at the federal, state, and local levels. Educators in many communities are examining what schools can do for children when classes are not in session and parents and other caregivers are unavailable. This manual confronts the legal issues involved when schools collaborate with community groups to use school space or initiate their own school-age day care programs. Chapter 1 discusses legal authorization or "enabling" considerations found in state education codes or statutes that enumerate powers of school boards and uses of school property. Chapter 2 stresses the need for school board resolutions based on sound needs assessments and space utilization surveys. Chapter 3 details regulatory considerations governing types of care, staff ratios, compliance, programming, and enforcement aspects of school-age day care. The fourth chapter discusses liability issues, particularly standards of care, while the fifth chapter treats services for handicapped children and their parents. The last three chapters address antitrust/unfair competition, staffing, guidelines, and written agreements involving rent, leases, and contracts. Included are appendices containing model enabling statutes and resolutions, guidelines, and a checklist of areas of concern. Numerous references appear at the end of each chapter. (MLH)
Descriptors: Childhood Needs, Day Care, Elementary Secondary Education, Latchkey Children, Legal Problems, Legal Responsibility, Public Schools, School Age Day Care, School Community Relationship, State Legislation
Publication Sales, Wellesley College, Center for Research on Women, Wellesley, MA 02181 ($25.00).
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Wellesley Coll., MA. Center for Research on Women.