The National Child Care Policy and Its Effects on the State of Texas Page: 6
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(CDF, 1990, p.35). Although this number has been
increased due to the child care bill recently passed, a
large deficit remains.
At present there are twenty-six and a half million
children with working mothers. According to the Census
Bureau two million of these are latch key children.
These children regularly spend some period of time
during the day without adult supervision proving that
there is a deficit in before and after school care
(Lande, Scarr,& Gunzenhauser, 1989, p.13). This lack
of care can cause many serious and long term effects
including increased fearfulness and loneliness,
heightened vulnerability to peer pressure, and a
greater likelihood of substance abuse (CDF, 1991,
p.38). These poor social, emotional, and cognitive
outcomes along with behavioral difficulties and health
problems are associated not only with latch key
children but also with any child who does not receive
adequate care whether at home or in a child care
facility (Hayes et al, 1990, p.xiii).
When the total number of children with working
mothers is broken down into types of care, the findings
show that seventeen and eight tenths percent are cared
for in their own home by a relative or nanny, fourteen
and four tenths percent are cared for in someone else's
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Caird, Jennifer Lynn. The National Child Care Policy and Its Effects on the State of Texas, thesis or dissertation, Spring 1993; Denton, Texas. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc146425/m1/8/: accessed May 24, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Honors College.