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latchkey child

A school-age child who is unsupervised after school or in general, due to his or her parents being away for work. I know it makes me sound horrible, but I just don't want Tommy hanging out with those latchkey children from down the road. Being a latchkey child was tough at times, but it taught me the value of self-reliance at an earlier age than most.
See also: child, latchkey
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Mothers reported more hyperactivity and misbehavior among the 28 latchkey children than among youngsters returning to a parent or another adult after school.
Although homework programs help latchkey children, Brewer comments that: "It is ironic that with the continuing `problem' of latchkey children, so many libraries have reference policies that discriminate against homework questions" (p.
Schools can help meet the needs of latchkey children in many ways.
They found that 23 percent of the high-risk, latchkey children reported drinking 11 or more alcoholic drinks during their lifetime, while only 11 percent of children with constant supervision reported drinking that much.
They found that latchkey children appear to be functioning similarly to the children who go home to their mothers.
Contrary to the 'Model Minority' myth that all Asian Americans are self-sufficient high achievers, New York City's predominantly-immigrant Asian American population needs programs to help children and parents overcome cultural and language barriers, to support employment, and to care for latchkey children.
Diana Riley, recreation supervisor for the recreation and parks district, said the aim of the program is to eliminate the problems latchkey children experienced in the 1970s and '80s, when they let themselves in with a home key and were on their own until parents returned from work.
During World War II, women flooded the labor market and the amount of latchkey children grew.
Others make daily phone calls to latchkey children with whom they are matched.
DoBox's Smart Firewall(TM) technologies provide the first "industrial-strength" firewall that non-technical parents can configure, giving them the tools to manage the new "always-on" Internet connections, which impact families, especially those with latchkey children.
12 /PRNewswire/ -- A new nationwide interactive "call reassurance" program targeted at senior citizens, post-operative patients, latchkey children and the disabled was announced today by Atlantic, a Lucent Technologies associated company, in partnership with the Fox Four Companies.
The club, which primarily serves low-income and latchkey children, has a $475,000 operations budget this year, money that mostly comes from the United Way.
The Minneapolis Area Chapter of the American Red Cross created "KidCare" in response to the safety risks facing these latchkey children.
5 million for eligible literacy-based community programs for latchkey children and others who are at risk.