latchkey child

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a school-age child who is home without adult supervision for part of the day (especially after school until a parent returns home from work)

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Latchkey children often feel insecure (i.e., worry) as to when Mommy will be home.
Thus, latchkey children or neglected or abused boys and girls are assured of a safe haven from the run-down, sometimes violence-ridden community.
Those with children, not surprisingly, want computer services, and there is general support for having the library play a role as a safe haven for latchkey children and adults who are functionally illiterate.
Douglas Elementary serves breakfast to kids whose parents must go to work early, and it provides a program for latchkey children after school.
"Latchkey children" is a phrase coined during World War Il to describe children who were regularly left without direct supervision before or after school.
* Every day 1.2 million American latchkey children arrive home to a house in which there is a gun.
* Parks, liabilities, and community centers that have been closed or overwhelmed by gangs, the homeless, or latchkey children
on other levels, as well, I have steadfastly refused to do stories on how parents can help their latchkey children be more comfortable.
Students are 90% Hispanic, 3.6% Anglo, and 4.5% Black.|4~ In 1985, the average family income was at the poverty line of $12,800.|5~ Thirteen percent of students attended fulltime special education classes.|4~ The school and the neighborhood have many inner city problems including high rates of substance abuse, violence, child abuse, and latchkey children.
"Children who are at high risk for becoming teen drug users aren't just from the inner city, they're latchkey children living in the affluent suburbs as well,"Eric Schiller says, and he's right.
The findings, described in the July DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY, contrast with recent warnings by some researchers that latchkey children face an increased risk of a wide array of emotional problems.
The growing childless sector of society may wish to see public dollars spent on transportation and services for the elderly rather than on after-school programs for latchkey children. "Ironically, the future living standards of today's voters depend on the future earning capacity and productivity of today's children," he says.
(1981), "Latchkey Children: How Much of a Problem?" Education Digest, 46 (6) (February): 14-16.
workers' lack of job security and their latchkey children.
The Grant will be used to provide meals to children in the agency's Latchkey Children's Project.