ERIC Number: ED285646
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
A Study of the Effectiveness of a Latchkey Program in Middletown Township, New Jersey.
Goldfine, Eleanor; Wagner, Mary Lou
The purpose of this study was to measure the impact of an after-school child care program on the academic and social development of children in grades one through five. The project had three objectives: (1) to measure and compare the academic achievement of the students before and after their enrollment in the program; (2) to evaluate the social development of the students while enrolled in the program; and (3) to evaluate parents' perceptions of the need for the program. All the students registered for the program (140 from two schools in the district) were subjects of the study. Pre- and post-measures were to be administered. The four measures used included (1) academic grades and test scores, (2) assessments of parents' perceptions of the program, (3) teacher ratings of pupil academic self-esteem, and (4) student self-evaluations of affective perceptions. The initial data were collected, but due to lack of funds the after-school program was discontinued at mid-year. Students selected by random sampling were interviewed concerning their attitudes towards the program after their participation. The data collected indicated that the program was viewed in a positive way by both parents and children, with high expectations on the part of parents and praise by the students for the results. Four appendices conclude this document and contain: (1) parent assessment latch-key program form; (2) student interviews; (3) study results of students from the Lincroft Elementary School; and (4) study results of students from the East Keansburg Elementary School. (PCB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Brookdale Community Coll., Lincroft, NJ. Center for Educational Research.