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The Cincinnati Enquirer from Cincinnati, Ohio · Page 40

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Tuesday, October 8, 1991
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6 EXTRAVVest THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER Tuesday, October 8. 1991 f i W Latchkey rules focus on academic growth ' i s : 0 5r X' Latchkey CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 parents will leave the children home by themselves." That's something educators say they don t want to see happen. They're proud f the programs they've put together. Children may choose several enrichment activities, do homework or play. Reasonable rates Most programs charge less than $2 per hour. Some, like Mount Healthy's, have their own space. Others use cafeterias, gymnasiums, classrooms and playgrounds. Local school officials are especially concerned about rules dealing with educational requirements for staff, and the ratio ol supervisors to youngsters. Croskery said the staff requirements for school latchkey programs are far more strict than those required by the Department of Human Services for private day-care centers. Pauline Hosenfeld, chief of the Department of Human Services' child day-care licensing section, said some of Croskery's concerns are being addressed by the Department of Education. Croskery said Northwest's latchkey staff is primarily college students planning to go into education. "We pay our college students $5 an hour, and they get some ol their in-service training with children through latchkey," Croskery said. She said the latchkey operation is different than managing a classroom. More rules? Not needed "You don't need a college degree. It's not a teaching situation." Northwest Local Schools Superintendent Russell Sammons, said he has written to a member of the Ohio Board of Education opposing the rules. Bandy-Hedden said. Programs will be monitored by the Ohio Department. There will be two on-site inspections yearly, with at least one of those unannounced, Bandy-Hedden said. She said schools will be given time to meet the new guidelines particularly in the area of staff training provided they can document progress. Some highlights: Staff-to-children ratio will be 1 to 18 for children ages 5-11; 1 to 20 for those 12-15. There must be a minimum of 35 square feet of indoor space per child enrolled, and 60 square feet outdoors. The outdoor space would include playground area. Program coordinators and lead teachers must be 21 or older, have a high school diploma or equivalent, a minimum of 2,000 hours of related experience or 90 quarter hours or 60 semester hours in a related field. Teacher aides should be 18 or older, hold a high school diploma or equivalent, and have 500 hours of related experience. SUE KIESEWETTER Early next year, public schools and state-chartered private schools will have to meet guidelines established by the Ohio Department of Education if they plan to operate before- and after-school latchkey programs. The final draft of the guidelines is to be presented to the State Board of Education for adoption Dec. 6, said Irene Bandy-Hedden, assistant superintendent of public instruction. If approved, the guidelines will take effect 30 days later. "We think it's very important that all programs serving children have guidelines to protect their health and safety," Bandy-Hedden said. "We want to make sure the programs (help) youngsters grow academically as well as socially and emotionally. We feel parents, likewise, want the assurance their children are in a safe environment and learning from it." The proposed guidelines govern the ratio of children to adults, coordinator and aide training, require children to have planned activities, and specify minimum square footage both indoors and outdoors. "Not all kids ought to be made to do the same thing at the same time," The Cincinnati EnquirerDick Swaim Sylvia Lawson serves pizza to (from left) Sharon Perry, 7, Nikia Cimino, 7, and Paul Wilson, 1 1 , during a latchkey session in Mount Healthy. Ann Fenton, assistant principal at Harrison Elementary, oversees Southwest School District's latchkey program. She said she had not had a chance to examine the draft regulations, but if they cause the costs to go up, that would have to be passed on to the parents. The district charges $1.80 an hour, including breakfast and a snack, or $30 a week, for each of the 80 children in the program. North College Hill Superintendent Stanley Wernz said his district is considering starting a program next year because of requests from parents. But the district may hold off until educators see the final draft of state rules and know precisely Sell it today with a classified ad In The Enquirer Call 421-6300 v . ' 4 v. ; v. 1 -Si-- what would be required. No change at Y Ellen Buchsbaum, director of child-care services for the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati, said regulations for the Y's programs will change in January, "but we plan no major changes because our own requirements are more stringent than those (proposed)." The Y provides staff and materials for 61 after-school programs at local public and private schools. Oak Hills Local School District uses the latchkey services of the YWCA. Three Rivers Local Schools has no such program. the RICHARD G. SEAMAN, D.V.M. is pleased to introduce MICHELLE L. HENDRICKS, D.V.M. Associate Veterinarian DELHI VETERINARY CLINIC 383 Anderson Ferry Road 922-8550 Estate BEATS ALL OTHER STORAGE BARNS BY A YARD HEARTMND America's 1 Backyard Builder 7600 Colerain 8x1 2x8 $699 mile S. of Galbraith 1 0x1 2x8'6 799 522-BARN Tackroom or 12x8x8 799 V Call Tailor-Made Home Loans What suits one person may not be right for the next. Take, for instance, home mortgage loans. 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