- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 6, 2001

Books

• "The After-School Lives of Children: Alone and With Others While Parents Work," by Dr. Deborah Belle, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates Inc., 1999. The author, a psychologist, discusses the societal, familial and individual factors involved in making decisions about leaving a child alone and reports on a four-year study that examined the after-school lives of a wide variety of children.

• "A Tribe Apart: A Journey into the Heart of American Adolescence," by Patricia Hersch, Ballantine Books, 1998. For three years, Patricia Hersch tailed eight young teen-agers around Reston, listening to their stories and observing their rituals. Resigned to the attitude that adolescents simply live in "a tribe apart," adults have pulled away,the author says, relinquishing responsibility and supervision and allowing the unhealthy behaviors of teen-agers to flourish.

On line

• The National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies offers an on-line resource at www.childcareaware.org. There, parents can find a daily newsletter with information on child-development issues, tips for finding quality child care and resources for busy parents.

• www.afterschool.gov, sponsored by the General Services Administration, offers neighborhood after-school information, links to publications and clearinghouses, and help for finding and building strong programs.

Associations

• The Families and Work Institute, based in Manhattan (www.familiesandwork.org), is a nonprofit center for research on the changing family, workplace and community. Write to the institute at 330 Seventh Ave., 14th Floor, New York, N.Y. 10001; 212/465-2044.

• For 140 years, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Inc. has built on its mission of being a positive place for children (www.bgca.org). The BGCA is based in Atlanta; to find the club nearest you, call 800/854-CLUB.

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