ERIC Number: ED340531
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Aug
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Before and After School Child Care and Enrichment for School Age Children.
Folsom, Hyta P.
This report describes a before- and after-school program for children in prekindergarten through grade 5, implemented at a rural elementary school. The feasibility of the program was evaluated by a survey conducted at a Parent Teacher Association meeting. Because it has become more common for both parents to work outside the home, the number of latchkey children has increased in the last 25 years. Research indicates that the more supervision a child has, the better his or her performance at school will be. The program described in this study was implemented during the last 12 weeks of school and was funded by the school district. The curriculum was designed to provide developmentally appropriate activities for enjoyment and to promote critical thinking and cooperative learning skills. Because of the low participation (less than 20% of the enrollment at the end of the program), the morning project was discontinued after 4 weeks. There were seven students enrolled in the afternoon session, but only three students participated regularly. Parents may have been reluctant to change child care arrangements late in the year and many did not want to make the long drive to school to pick up the child. A grant application was submitted to and funded by the Latchkey Organization, for an after-school enrichment program in the second school year. Efforts were made to inform parents about the availability of the program. At the end of the second week of school there were 8 children enrolled on a regular basis and 10 enrolled on a drop-in basis. Results indicate that it is important in implementing this type of program to match parents' schedules and to develop a curriculum that meets the needs and interests of its participants. Appendices include the feasibility study, program activities, and a daily schedule. (LP)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: Florida