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Vandivere S, Tout K, Capizzano J, Zaslow M. 2003. Left unsupervised: A look at the most vulnerable children. Washington, DC: Child Trends, 6 pp. (Research brief)

Annotation: This research brief focuses on two groups of children that may be particularly vulnerable when they lack adult supervision: the youngest school-age children and children with low incomes. The brief is based on data from the 1999 National Survey of America's Families. The brief is divided into the following sections: (1) the numbers, (2) the hours, (3) the circumstances, (4) some possible reasons, and (5) implications for policy and research.

Contact: Child Trends, 7315 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 1200 W, Bethesda, MD 20814, Telephone: (240) 223-9200 E-mail: Web Site: Single copies available at no charge; also available from the website.

Keywords: Children, Data, Families, Latchkey children, Low income groups, Research, Supervision, Surveys

Vandivere S, Tout K, Zaslow M, Calkins J, Capizzano J. 2003. Unsupervised time: Family and child factors associated with self-care. Washington, DC: Urban Institute, 37 pp. (Occasional paper no. 71)

Annotation: This paper addresses questions about how factors such as children's maturity and family resources are related to children's self-care. The questions are addressed using data from the 1999 National Survey of America's Families (NSAF), a nationally representative household survey. Data and methods are described, followed by a snapshot of the prevalence and extent of self-care in the United States. The paper includes a proposed set of family and child characteristics that are likely to be associated with self-care and, using NSAF data, reports on how the prevalence of self-care varies for children with different characteristics. Statistical analysis examines the relationship between each factor and self-care, and patterns of self-care among children of different income levels are discussed. The authors also conduct exploratory analyses to examine the patterns of family and child characteristics associated with spending longer amounts of time in self-care. The paper concludes with a summary of key findings and implications. Statistical information is presented in tables and figures throughout the paper, as well as in appendix tables. The paper includes endnotes and a reference list.

Contact: Urban Institute, 2100 M Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20037, Telephone: (202) 833-7200 Fax: (202) 467-5775 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Data, Families, Family income, Latchkey children, Research

Shoemaker K. 1999. Out-of-school time activities: Can families help programs and can programs help families?. Washington, DC: Georgetown Public Policy Institute; Arlington, VA: National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health, 26 pp. (DC Family Policy Seminar background briefing report)

Annotation: This report summarizes the DC Family Policy seminar on family involvement in before- and after-school care programs for youth in the District of Columbia. It examines the existing facts and demographics in the District of Columbia, cites national family involvement statistics, and discusses research and theory. It also reviews practical considerations and models of family involvement. Appendices include lists of District and national resources. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]

Contact: National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health, Georgetown University, Box 571272, Washington, DC 20057-1272, Telephone: (202) 784-9770 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: After school programs, District of Columbia, Families, Family child care, Latchkey children, Model programs, School age child care, Working parents

David and Lucile Packard Foundation. 1999. When school is out. Los Altos, CA: David and Lucile Packard Foundation, 160 pp., exec. summ. (7 pp.). (The future of children; v. 9, no. 2, Fall 1999)

Annotation: This issue of "The Future of Children" focuses on after-school programs and the growing awareness of the risks and potential that lie hidden in the time children spend outside classrooms. Topics of individual articles are: (1) an analysis of the growing demand for out-of-school programs; (2) a summary of demographic information about school children including historical comparisons; (3) the development of children ages six to fourteen; (4) strategies that black families in impoverished neighborhoods use to protect their children from street culture; (5) challenges to immigrant children whose parents have little familiarity with American schools; (6) discussion of how parents set boundaries of exploration for third graders; (7) examination of the varied arrangements parents make for after school care; (8) after school programs for low-income children; (9) youth development programs for early teens; (10) the role of school in children's out-of-school time; (11) four commentaries on the policy climate for after-school programs; and (12) latchkey children. A selected bibliography is also included. The executive summary includes an analysis of the need for out-of-school care, recommendations, and brief summaries of each of the articles.

Contact: David and Lucile Packard Foundation, 343 Second Street, Los Altos, CA 94022, Telephone: (650) 948-7658 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website. Document Number: ISSN 1054-8289.

Keywords: Adolescents, After school programs, Blacks, Child care, Child development, Communities, Community participation, Demography, Families, Financing, History, Immigrants, Latchkey children, Low income groups, Parenting, Policy development, School age child care, Schools


This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U02MC31613, MCH Advanced Education Policy, $3.5 M. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.