Journal Issue: When School Is Out Volume 9 Number 2 Fall 1999
The demographic and societal trends described above combine to change the contexts in which school-age children live their lives. These trends contribute to growing concern on the part of parents and the public at large about the development of 5- to 14-year-olds and about negative influences that arise during the many daytime hours those children spend outside school. As a result, interest in programs and activities for children and youths in this age range is at a historic high. The remainder of this journal issue is devoted to a more in-depth look at the developmental issues these youngsters are facing and a careful examination of the programs that parents and community leaders rely on to keep children and youths safe, learning, and growing in positive ways.