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latchkey

A key used to raise and throw back the latch of a door.
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Types of risk accepted: Commercial children's daycare centers, children's camps, Head Start programs, nursery schools, latchkey programs, mental health clinics, drug and alcohol rehabilitation clinics, family counseling clinics, sheltered workshops, adoption agencies, Goodwill/Salvation Army and similar facilities.
Paul said problems latchkey dogs caused were fouling, traffic accidents and unwanted pups.
It still boasts a quaint alleyway entrance and latchkey door which makes you feel as though you are walking into a homely front room rather than a themed pub.
Are these latchkey kids at risk for behavioral, emotional, or educational problems?
And if Maasch's schizophrenia was not the latchkey to modernism's mania--emanci pated expression--then what was it?
And if you're the parent of latchkey kids, there are even security systems that Mil alert you when your children aren't home on time.
Remember that a great many of us grew up fending for ourselves in day care or as latchkey kids.
The types are: (a) suicidal, (2) sexually abused, (3) physically/emotionally neglected or abused, and (4) latchkey.
Some librarians also see homework centers as resources for latchkey children, young people at risk, and as a way to promote lifelong learning.
Latchkey children--youngsters caring for themselves at home--is not a new phenomenon.
From this arose latchkey (1825) and -- just 50 years ago -- latchkey child, sometimes called doorkey child, the socioeconomic label for "a young child of working parents who must spend part of the day unsupervised (as at home) -- called also latchkey kid" (Merriam-Webster's 10th).
The findings, described in the July DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY, contrast with recent warnings by some researchers that latchkey children face an increased risk of a wide array of emotional problems.