School-Aged Children

Being a parent of school-aged children can be loads of fun, but it can also be an extremely busy time and one that test your limits. Parents are faced with daily demands from school, extra-curricular activities, and meeting their child’s individual needs. Trying to accommodate these needs and meet your own obligations can be quite challenging. We have compiled many resources for you to make your life a little easier.

Types of Education

Today parents have many choices when deciding where to send their children to attend school. Some factors that parents figure in their decision making process include finances, learning environment, class size, curriculum, staff, and most importantly, their child and how he or she learns best. Below are some of the different types of school settings parents can choose from today. For more information on this subject you may consider contacting Emory’s Dependent Care Resource & Referral Service, e4 Health.

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Public School

Public schools are funded from tax revenue and most commonly administered to some degree by government or local government agencies.

Private School

A school is considered private when they are not administered by local, state, or national government, which retain the right to select their student body and are funded in whole or in part by charging their students tuition rather than with public (state) funds.

Home School

Home school is when the education of a child is done at home, typically by a parent or professional tutor, rather than in a public or private school.

Charter School

Charter schools are publicly funded and open to all students without admission testing or screening. They are held to be accountable to their set performance contract in return for funding. The schools are set up by teachers, parents, or other concerned people who have ideas for improving learning and perhaps offering additional opportunities than what is available in existing schools. Charter schools do not have to follow traditional regulations if they pledge to meet satisfactory performance standards. Space at a charter school is often limited and admission tends to be allocated by lottery based admissions.

Magnet School

Magnet schools have themes or focus on particular areas. These programs try to help students remain interested in learning and prevent the disconnect that can lead to dropout.

Alternative School

Alternative schools focus on helping children complete school and graduate by offering smaller class sizes and more individualized education. In addition to the education a child receives, services such as counseling, mentorship, and vocational and living skills are generally a part of the curriculum.

Special Education

Classroom or private instruction involving techniques, exercises, and subject matter designed for students whose learning needs cannot be met by a standard school curriculum.


Inclusion in the context of education is a term that refers to the practice of educating students with special needs in regular classes for all or nearly all day instead of in special education classes.

After-School Program

After-School Programs provide a safe place for children to be when school is not in session and parents are at work. They are typically administered at the county level, although some counties allow individual schools to decide whether to offer an after-school program onsite. Many child care centers also offer after-school programs. Some of these programs offer transportation for the children attending them. Fees and offerings vary depending on the provider and location.

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