ERIC Number: ED307957
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
The New Face of Childcare: Libraries, Teen Parents, Homeless Families. A Report from the California Children's Council.
Child care problems associated with latchkey children, teenage mothers continuing their education, and homeless families are discussed, and possible solutions are considered. The public library has been identified by many parents as a safe place for children to go after school and at other times when childcare is needed, and this has created a new and unprecedented set of problems. In the first part of this report, characteristics of these "library latchkey children" and responses of libraries in suburban and urban areas are discussed. It is argued that restrictive, discriminatory library policies are short-term solutions that benefit no one. The long-term solution is adequate, affordable, and available child care for school-age children. In the next section, the incidence of child care needs of teenage parents and the scarcity of infant care services are discussed. It is argued that one answer to the dilemma is the Schoolage Parenting and Infant Development Program (SAPID), a program funded through the California State Department of Education for teen parents continuing their high school education. Few school districts in California have SAPID programs or child support services for high school teen parents, however, and legislation expanding the SAPID program is recommended. In the final section, a discussion of homeless families and responses to their problems, it is argued that child care services supported with city and county revenue should be an integral part of the response. The Children's Roundtable Project of the California Children's Council is described and roundtable participants are listed. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Children's Council, Northridge.
Identifiers - Location: California