Child cabinet locks are an effective way to improve access to education and early learning for children, and the policy was adopted by more than 1,500 school districts in 25 states in the spring of 1988.
At the time, the nation was in the throes of the Great Recession and teachers and other caregivers were still struggling with the effects of the recession.
The policy was a response to a series of high-profile incidents involving the safety of children in the school-to-prison pipeline.
But as the country began to recover from the Great Depression, the epidemic of child homelessness, a surge in drug and alcohol use, and a resurgence of gun violence continued to sweep through urban communities.
In a landmark speech, then-President Ronald Reagan outlined his priorities for children during the next 10 years.
The priorities were focused on a wide range of issues, from the revitalization of the economy and the education system, to the creation of a new workforce and an expanded safety net.
Reagan also laid out a national plan to address the causes of the epidemic.
The new priorities laid out in the new president’s plan included establishing a Child Care Resource Center, establishing a Safe Streets Task Force, developing a new child-friendly education curriculum, and expanding preschool programs and activities to address youth safety.
The Child Care resource center was a major focus of the plan.
The centers would be funded through grants, tax credits, and other sources, and would provide basic childcare services to children in rural areas.
As part of the center, the federal government would provide $5 million to build the facility.
The federal funding would also allow the child care center to expand the program to include preschool programs.
Within 10 years, the Child Care Center would provide over 20,000 children in 25 schools with services, including kindergarten through third grade, and over 500 preschool-age children with services.
“Children are children,” Reagan said at the time.
“They can be happy, healthy, and independent.
They can be healthy, healthy and independent, and that’s the way we want them.”
By the time the plan was adopted, there was widespread support for the plan, and some states were moving forward with implementation.
It was also the beginning of a national trend of child cabinet locks.
In December of 1989, the president signed into law a bill that would extend the Child Safety Lock Program for up to 10 years to include school districts.
That bill also extended the Child Child Care and Preschool Act, the so-called “Babysitter’s Bill of Rights,” which was enacted in 1970 to protect children in child care from harassment, neglect, and abuse.
This law, which was supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics, was created to protect the rights of parents to supervise and protect their children in their homes.
Child safety locks have been implemented in nearly every state since.
Source: American Academy of Pediatricians, Child Safety Locks: How to Protect Children from Harassment and Neglect, by Barbara M. Nolen, MD, and Dr. Jennifer L. Tishler, MD.
108, No. 4, March-April 1990.