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  • n  key for raising or drawing back a latch or opening an outside door

  • For all the headlines about the time crunch and the lost generation of latchkey kids, today's parents actually spend more time with their children than parents did in 1965.
  • Perhaps the most publicly visible symptoms of the dilemma, and the most pathetic, are the "latchkey kids.
  • Economists warned in 1999 that working parents had 22 fewer hours of family time than they did 30 years before, which set off alarms about neglected latchkey children growing up .
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  • East China approves school budget
    The East China Board of Education approved the proposed 2013-14 general operating, cafeteria, and latchkey budgets during their June board meeting.
    June 21, 2013 - The Voice

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