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March 30, 1990 | WILLIAM J. EATON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The House on Thursday overwhelmingly approved comprehensive Democratic child-care legislation at a five-year cost of $27.5 billion despite strong veto warnings from President Bush. The 265-145 vote ends months of political stalemate in the House. The measure, which targets most of its benefits to low-income working parents, will now go to a Senate-House conference to be reconciled with a much different version approved by the Senate last June.
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March 3, 1990 | LYNDA NATALI
The Buena Park Police Department has started a program in the Buena Park School District to teach latchkey children--those who come home from school to empty houses--how to take care of themselves. The effort began this week with a presentation by a crime-prevention officer at Charles G. Emery School with a presentation for fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders.
NEWS
September 7, 1989 | SIOK-HIAN TAY KELLEY, Times Staff Writer
As children returned to elementary school this week in the Bonita Unified School District, some old friends were waiting in the wings to lend a helping hand. Since the beginning of 1988, 13 volunteers have run a "telephone friendline" for latchkey children--youngsters who return to empty homes after school--in La Verne and San Dimas. The volunteers do everything from reassuring children who are lonely to providing a sympathetic ear to students who are overwhelmed by the pressures of school.
NEWS
September 6, 1989 | ANNE C. ROARK, Times Staff Writer
Latchkey children, whether from rich or poor families, are twice as likely to use cigarettes, alcohol and marijuana as those youngsters who are cared for by adults after school, according to a new USC study financed by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The study published today in the journal Pediatrics, is the largest to focus on adolescents who care for themselves after school, according to the researchers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 26, 1989 | DEAN MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles City Council voted Friday to continue subsidizing after-school recreation programs at 306 elementary and junior high schools in the city to help keep so-called latchkey children off the street while their parents work. In approving an agreement with the Los Angeles Unified School District, the council committed $4.5 million for the supervised programs between 4 and 6 p.m. each weekday. The money will also pay for about 11 hours of weekend programming at some of the schools.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 1989 | MICHAEL GRANBERRY, Times Staff Writer
Diana Mottershaw is a single mother who knows and understands the need for child care--especially the kind that addresses the burden and the pain of the latchkey child. As the longtime guardian of Gather the Children, a network of family day-care homes for latchkey children in the Mid-City area, Mottershaw knows that such children are growing in number--roughly in proportion to the scores of new residents streaming into the county from every direction.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 1988 | Bob Baker, Baker is a Times staff writer. and
It looked like any old grand opening. Balloons and people in business suits. They had come to the corner of Hoover and 32nd streets near USC to christen a new day-care center for children of low-income families, to admire the fresh tan stucco and bright green metal framing of the building. But there was something special going on here too. Unofficially, it was Levi Kingston Day.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 1988 | TED VOLLMER, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday to extend after-school playground programs two hours, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., for thousands of students citywide. The unanimous vote, coming after two hours of debate, would affect 301 elementary and junior high schools that are more than three blocks from a recreational facility that offers similar programs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 5, 1988 | ANDREA FORD, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles school system's first "latchkey" program for students who lack adult supervision after school was officially launched Tuesday, and in its first week the pilot program has already generated huge waiting lists.
NEWS
July 2, 1988 | JAN HOFMANN
You know what they say about latchkey kids. They have the world's cleanest parents. "When the phone rings, (the parents) are in the shower. When there's a knock at the door, they're in the shower," said Fern Margolin, instructor for a class called "Kids on Their Own," given earlier this month by the Irvine Family Services Program. One of Margolin's students gave her another example.
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