A timely look at the problem of unsupervised children and the risks and dangers that can occur is offered in the second edition of this book. Thoroughly updated with new research, the authors put the latchkey phenomenon in perspective and attempt to dispel common misconceptions. They detail a variety of alternative care programmes that have been successfully implemented in many communities in the United States, including after-school care, childminders and after-school hotlines. Further they provide some strategies for businesses, government, schools, and libraries who are indirectly faced with significant care-giving responsibilities.
Mick Coleman (Ph.D., The University of Georgia), Professor at The University of Georgia, retired from the Department of Human Development and Family Science in 2012. Dr. Coleman's book originated from his involvement in an interdisciplinary teacher training program at the University of Georgia. His duties in this program included teaching the course "Families, Schools and Communities" and supervising student teachers in the public schools. Dr. Coleman has published journal articles, books and training manuals related to family-teacher partnerships. He has also made presentations on this topic at regional, national and international meetings.
Ch. 1: Introduction to the Latchkey Phenomenon - Ch. 2: Research on Latchkey Kids and Their Families - Ch. 3: Growth and Development of School-Age Children - Ch. 4: Children's Adjustment to Self-Care - Ch. 5: High Risk Latchkey Children - Ch. 6: Suggestions for Parents - Ch. 7: Suggestions for Educators - Ch. 8: Suggestions for Librarians - Ch. 9: Suggestions for Researchers - Ch. 10: Public Policy, Advocacy, and Latchkey Kids - Appendices