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Title:Perceptions of the Need for After-School Programs for School-Age Children and Parents
Author(s):Dunbar, Betty-Jo Armstrong
Department / Program:Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Education, Elementary
Abstract:As a result of the 1984 federal law which has provided funds for after-school care for school-age children, this study was designed to determine the after-school parental and child care needs of school-age children in an urban community. Initial data results prompted comparative analysis of families with adults at home after school versus families without adults at home after school hours.
The research questions spanned four areas of concern. The first research question addressed the scope of state legislation for after-school programs for school-age children. The second and third research questions explored demographic characteristics of school-age children and their families in a public school district. The fourth, fifth, and sixth research questions assessed parental perceptions and desires regarding after-school programs for school-age children. The final research question sought analyses and interpretation of data regarding desires of adults who were at home after school hours and those adults who were not at home after school hours.
Three types of descriptive survey techniques were used to collect data: (a) a mail survey of state officials, (b) a questionnaire survey conducted at parent meetings, and (c) telephone interviews of parents of school-age children. Secondary analysis of U.S. Bureau of Census data revealed pertinent community statistics.
Results indicated that only 13% of respondent states had existing or pending state legislation for after-school programs. There were no standard eligibility criteria nor statewide after-school programs.
In the predominantly black community, with families headed by young, single mothers, it was found that 70% of the families had adults at home with school-age children after school hours. In addition, it was indicated that these adults, at home with school-age children, wanted after-school programs just as adults who were not at home desired after-school programs for their children. After-school program activity preferences were similar for both groups of adults.
Recommendations include an increase in federal and state funds for after-school programs for school-age children and parent participants.
Issue Date:1986
Description:172 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1986.
Other Identifier(s):(UMI)AAI8623287
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-12-15
Date Deposited:1986

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