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H.J.Res. 544 (98th): A joint resolution to designate the week beginning September 2, 1984, as “National School-Age Child Care Awareness Week”.


The text of the resolution below is as of Jul 9, 1984 (Passed Congress).


PUBLIC LAW 98-346—JULY 9, 1984                                      98 STAT. 319

Public Law 98-346
98th Congress
                             Joint Resolution
To designate the week beginning September 2, 1984, as "National School-Age Child     July 9, 1984
                            Care Awareness Week".                                   [H.J. Res. 544]
Whereas more than half of the children in the United States are in
 families in which both parents are in the work force;
Whereas more than one in five children in the United States are in
 a one-parent family;
Whereas changes in the composition of American families and the
 American work force have resulted in an increased demand for
 child care for children of all ages;
Whereas the demand for child care for school-age children has
 increased at a greater rate than the availability of school-age child
 care;
Whereas estimates show that millions of school-age children be-
 tween the ages of six and thirteen, often referred to as latchkey
 children, may return alone after school to an empty house or in
 the supervision of a slightly older brother or sister;
Whereas research studies have indicated that children in self and
 sibling care run greater physical and psychological risks, includ-
 ing accidents and feelings of fear and loneliness, than children
 who are cared for by an adult;
Whereas the Congress has begun to examine the issue of child care
 and the role of Federal and State government, the private sector,
 and parents in providing child care;
Whereas the parents, communities, employers, and agencies serving
 youth that have recognized the shortage of adequate and afford-
 able school-age child care have developed after school programs
 for children in their communities; and
Whereas many more parents, communities, employers, and agencies
 serving youth need to address the problems facing these children
 and to maximize the use of State and Federal resources in collabo-
 ration with these efforts: Now, therefore, be it

98 STAT. 320 PUBLIC LAW 98-346—JULY 9, 1984 Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled. That the week beginning September 2, 1984, is hereby designated as "National School-Age Child Care Awareness Week" and the President is hereby author- ; ,5; • ized and requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the people of itN. -. !^i the United States to observe such week with appropriate programs and activities. Approved July 9, 1984. f j f f n .lf«.;3 '•l^v* blifi !• ti^*.. iitan'.rr,: ,v .,» :,sr"«; s LEGISLATIVE HISTORY—H.J. Res. 544: CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 130 (1984): June 26, considered and passed House. June 29, considered and passed Senate.