Meeting Minutes of the Florida State Defense Council Child Care Committee, July 29, 1943

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MINUTES OF THE FLORIDA STATE DEF~ SE
COUNCIL CHILD CARE COMMITTEE


July 29, 1943
Seminole Hotel, Jacksonville

The meeting was called to order by the chairman, Miss Marion Houghtelin, at 10:30
Ail: Other committee members present were: Judge Criswell, Miss Frojen, i'rs .
Oibbs, Mrs. Hardy, Miss Holloway, Miss Minton, Mrs. Skipper, Mrs. Sowers and irs.
Walker. Three other members of the committee sent representatives: Mrs. M. L.
Montgomery represented Mrs. A. L. Buzzoll; Dr. B. F. Hoffman, acting director of
the Bureau of Matcrnal and Child Health, represented Dr. A. W. Nowitt; and The
Rev. Paul Loo Manning, Director of Catholic Charitios of the Diocese of St. Augus-
tine, represented The Rev. George Rockott. Invited visitors in attendance wore:
Miss Mary E. Judy, Regional Representative of the Office of Civilian Defenseo
Mr. J. L. Graham, State Department of Education; Mr. Franklin E. Albert, Field
Representative, Federal Works Agency; Miss Roborta 1illians, Supervisor of
Special Services, State Wolfare Board,

Mrs. Montgomery, Florida Department Secretary of the Amorican Legion Auxiliary,
stated that lirs. Buzzoll wishes to be represented at meetings of the committee
hold in sections other than Miami by district representatives of the Auxiliary.
The chairman voiced the approval of the committee to this plan.

The minutes of the May, 1943 meeting wore road nd approved. Letters from members
who could not be present were reviewed by the secretary pro tom. Miss Houghtelin
reported that Mr. Norton Benton, a member of the committee, is unalbe to attend
meetings because of his departure from Miami, where he was executive director of
the Council of Social Agencies.

Mrs. lwell stated in her letter that she regrets that it will be necessary to
resign as secretary of the committee because of additional responsibilities as-
signed to.hOr in the Defense Council. The chairman, with the approval of those
present, appointed Miss Frojon as secretary, effective at the next meeting of the
committco. Hiss Frojon accepted, with the understanding that whenever she cannot
attend meetings, Mrs. Withers will substitute for her as secretary.

The chairman read a statistical report of member attendance at meetings. At least
seven members, one-fourth of the committee membership, have been present at each
of the seven meetings of the committee since October, 1942. Attendance of State
committee members has ranged from seven to twelve. Total attendance at the four
open meetings when local visitors wore invited has been between twenty-five and
fifty. The question arose regarding action which should be taken in reference to
members who are unable to attend meetings very regularly. It was the consensus of
the group that they should be retained as committee members because of the contri-
butions they are able to make, either through interpretation of the work of the
committee or by reporting problems affecting children which have come to their
attention,. Miss Judy pointed out that lay members of adrinistrativo boards of
State agoncips can give a valuable point of view to the connittee. It was sug-
gested that those who cannot attend meetings regularly bo asked to send reports to
the chairman.







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Discussion arose regarding the policy of having regional consultants as appointed
omebors of State committoos. The group consensus of opinion was that they can be
of greater service if they attend nootings as consultants, rather than as nonbors
of State co~nittoos. Meobors expressed appreciation of the assistance given the
comnittoo by Miss Judy of OCD, Dr. Eavos of the OE, Mrs. Botty Johnson, FPH and
others.

Miss Judy reported the interest of regional representatives of the Federal Housing
Authority in working with our committee. The regional office of the Authority
would welcome an early opportunity to send a representative to a meeting of the
Child Care Committee to interpret the services of the Housing Authority. The
chairman mentioned that Mrs. Botty Johnson of tho Federal Housing Authority has
attended recent meetings of our committee on invitation and will be extended
another invitation in-the Fall.

Miss Houghtolin and Mrs. Skipper reported on a meeting of Federal Housing project
supervisors hold in Tallahassoo in Juno. The Housing Authority is interested in
having the local housing units provide programs for the care of children, not
space only. Coommunitios should be encouraged to use space in housing projects for
day care centers. The aim is to have a paid worker for community services in every
housing project. The Housing Agency supervisors reported the difficulties of the
workers in Florida Housing projects in securing professional psychiatric, psycho-
logical and social work services for seriously emotionally disturbed children,
pointing out the need for a mental hygiene program in Florida. Dr. Hoffman sug.
gested that school psychologists, public health nurses and physicians can be of
assistance with those problems.

Mrs. Skipper gavo a report on the Extended School Services program of the State
Department of EducatiLon Federal funds from the President's Emergency Fund ceased
on June 30, 1943. Because there is continued need for supervision of the local
supervisors of Extended School Services and for assistance to local applicants for
Lanham Act funds, the Department of Education has allotted State funds for super-
visory personnel. Mrs. Skipper, Mrs. Soiforth, and Mrs. Yawn are working during
July. 1Lrs. Skipper and Mrs. Yawn will be employed during August, and Mrs. Skipper
will continue after September 1st. Mr. Graham continues his responsibilities for
the Extended School Services Program. Most of the counties receiving Lanham Act
funds have supervisors of Extended School Services.

The State Department of Education is beginning to assist counties in preparation
of their requests for continuation of funds. Plans for Extended School Services
are made on a six months' basis. The first request for continuation of funds in
a Florida county will have to be approved in Washington by October 26th. Other
Florida renewals of requests will have to be approved from that do.to through.
December if the programs are to continue without interruption. Requests arc being
received from communities for pro-school methods courses or institutes. Mrs.
Elizabeth Skinner Jackson has requested that one be hold at Southern College this
fall. Mrs. Skippor has agreed to assist and plans to call on the Child Care Com-
mittoo members,. as she did in-Juno for the institutes hold in Tallahassoo.

Mrs. Skipper highlighted information about Extended School Services programs,from
her written report. Plans for thirteen counties have been approved and ton require
the President's signature, only, for final approval. The plan for St. JohnsCounty
is in preparation. The request for but one Florida county has been rejected, that









of Okocchoboo County, whoro a war-connected need could not be demonstrated, It is
thought that all counties which have considerable noted for Extended School Services
have mado applications. Mrs. Skipper expressed concern over the inability to
cloviso practical plans for the caro of rural children because of transportation
aifficultios.

.'..e committee was interested in the description of the publicity methods used to
inT.erpret the Extended School Services program in Bay Countyl Publicity has pre-
ro:.ed the opening of the centers, A half-hour radio program eVery night is being
-i on and besides the program is being advertised by pamphlets and newspaper pub-
S..ity. In the same -county a two weekst training course is being given. The
t.ichors and leaders will be selected from the trainees. Preparation and planing
i :r the Extended School Services program has become a real community project. Miss
Jucay suggested that the committee could make a contribution by evaluating publicity
mrthods, because of the necessity of interpreting the program to working mothers
nnd to the communities. Local child care committees can_ be very helpful in the
aroe of interpretation.

Mrs. Skippor, continuing her report-, pointed out that all of the applications from
Floridv. to dato have been made by county superintendents of education. She added,
however, that the county superintendent is not the only person in a county wh6 may
apply for Lmnham Act funds. The only State Department of Education controls are
the roquiromonts that each teacher employed must have a teacher's certificate
issued by the State Dopartment of Education nnd a health certificate issued by the
State Board of Health,

Mr.'Albort, at th request of the chairman, reviewed the administration of Lamhan
Act funds provided by Congress to aid war congested areas in providing corunuity
facilities essential to health and welfare. After completion of construction
projects (which are still eligible for funds) such as housing units, water works,
sewerage systems, school buildings, otd., it was found th.t services such as the
war child care program were necessary in war affected arcas, Both public and non-
profit private agencies nay apply for funds. Authorized agencies may dologato
responsibility for making -pplications and for operation of programs. TIo .d-ly
considerations are need for the progrnn or facility, the assuranrco that there is no
duplication of effort in the conrunity, and that the project planned will moot
the nocd for the facility or program in the conrnuxity. Applications for child
care projects iayt be ..dc by public education and/or public welfare authorities
and such non-profit agencies as nro legally authorized to carry on-tho programs
outlined in the plan's. "Legally authorized" as it applies to private agoncis is
intorproted to anr- incorporation. All plans submitted by private r.onrproflt
agencies .ust show the logal authority under which they oporato.

Mr. Albert quoted Goncral Floning as stating that an increase in the child Care
problon is rnticipatod. He stated also that funds have boon gran.tod to seventeen
Florida cities, upon plans submitted by the city governments, for rccrcation
progrrnzs for service men. Throe roro plans are awiiting the President s signature
and cight plans aro in propa.rationn. Programs for recreation for war workers havo
boon approved for eight cities and plans for youth rocroation programs have bcon
included as parts of some Extended School Services progransj Funds for regular
school progr-as in nine counties havcoboen approved and one plan is ponding in
Washington. Three Venereal Disease Detention Hospitals, under the supervision of
the State Board of Hoealth, have boon established with Lar.han Act funds in Florida.
The number is soon to be increased to five.







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Dr. Hoffman mentioned the possibility of making application for Lanham Act funds
for hospitals, if existing hospital facilities are not adequate for service ments
wives and children under the plan to provide medical carol and hospitalization for
service mon's wives and children. The nood would have to be certified by the US.
Public Health Service. The application would be made by the State Board of Health.

The discussion turned to procoduros for making applications for Lanham Act funds
for child caa-o projects. The chairman asked whether the committoo thought it was
generally understood throughout the State as to what authorities and agoncios are
eligible to mako applications for Lalham Act funds for Extondod School Services,

Miss Judy stated that Day Care programs in Florida have boon channolod through the
Department of Education, This is usually considorod the best approach, although
it is not the only method which Way be used. The program can be channeled through
other groups. For ozamplo, in some places Day Care committoes have incorporated
in order to mako Lanham Act applications because of the inability of other author-
itics to nake the applications. When State Dopartnonts of Education could not
direct the program, other groups had to stop in.

Mrs. Skippor mentioned that if private facilities are used, they are required to
be open to all children, regardless of creed or economic status. For oxample, in
the Escarbia C-vunty plan, one of the facilities is to be a Roman Catholic parochial
school, a logical placo because there are many Catholic families living in the
neighborhood. The center will be open to children of all religions. The center
will be staffed by Catholic sisters who have State teachers' certificates, Mrs.
Skipper has discussed the certification of teaching sisters with a Catholic priest
in another county.

In another county, quarters in a Jewish synagogue building were considered for one
of the Extended School programs. The space is not needed at prosont, but the
facility would have boon considered for use, had there been need for it.

Father MIr.ning stated that hp was sure that the Catholic parishes will cooperate
by offering facilities, but that they have no desire to duplicate effort. He has
hoard of no dissatisfaction with any plans having boonr mado, and;.,oxprcssod a desire
to be informed of any reports received, Hooffered his help to the Comrtttoo and
to Mrs. Skipero in intc.rprotation of the program. throughout this Stato. .

Mrs. SkiEpor nentionod the desirability of ostoblishing nursery schools ir housing
projects. Mr. Albert stated that if facilities arc lacking in a community,
applications nay be mado for funds for the construction of nursery school builds
ings. Father Manning surned up the discussion by saying the problem is to got the
needs and facilities together.

Theo chairman asked whether the Child Care comnittoo wishes to. issue a bulletin
giving information regarding the agencies which may apply for funds, as there seem'
to be soeo groups which arc not well informed as yet. Members of the om z-.ittoo
brought out the possibility that the Thonas Bill may become a law shortly after
Congress opens on September 14. Would it not be confusing to issue a bulletin
now, in view of pending new legislation? The connittoo and Mr. Albert thought it
unnecessary to issue another bulletin at this time, in view of the pending ThoVas
Bill. The discussion of the Thomas Bill brought out the fact that the now pro-
coduros, if put into effect, will be very similar to those now used in Florida.





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Miss Judy suggested it. bght be better to deal directly with questions of individ-
uals regarding applications, as they may arise, rather than to issue,another
general bulletin on Lanham Fund application procedures. A motion made by MI's.::
Holloway,- sebonded.-by Father Manning, and passed, stated: All questions regarding
Lanham Act applications are to be handled individually as they arise, instead of
issuing a special bulletin at this time, because it is believed that adoquato
interpretation has boon given.

Mrs. Skipper stated that she thought there had boon much effort to got joint com-
munity planning as a basis for the Lenham Act applications. All plans have boon
approved by the Stnto Department of Education, the Fiold Supervisor of the Fodoral
Works Agency, the StC.to Child Care Committee, and local child care committees,
Besides, there have bcbn about twenty other endorsements for each plan. Dr. Hoff-
man mentioned the necessity for having one administrative agency take the lead in
any state-wide program, if the development is to be uniformly satisfactory. Miss
Houghtolin reviewed the December, 1942 mooting of the committee, at which the
State Department of Education was urged to toko the load in establishing the Child
OCre projects in Florida, as the committee felt they were best equipped to develop
an adequate program. The committee expressed its gratification at the way the
program has boon developed by the Department of Education. Mrs. Skipper stated
that the State Department of Education has mado every effort to consider the needs
of all children, Mr. Albert added that it is his belief that all counties which
need assistnnco have presented plans. Mrs. S -ippor is ready at nny point to assist
with applications where now needs arise.

Mr. Graham reported on the now school lunch program for Florida, for which
$1,750,000 has been allotted by the Food Distribution Administration from the
$50,.00,000 Congressional appropriation for the program. Available to *the Florida
Counties will be $1,250,000, enough to provide lunches for about ono-third of the
school children in the State. The Food Distribution agency will reimburse local
authorities on the basis of meals costing from 2 cents to 9 cents. The nine cent
lunch is a complete hot-plate lunch with fluid milk. It is estimated that Federal
contributions will cover thirty-five percent of the over-all .costs of the school
feeding program and seventy per cent of the cost of food. Members of the committee
emphasized the need for continued financial assistance of sponsoring groups, such
as Parent Teachers Associations, for school lunch programs to supplement whatever
support is available from federal, state, and local funds. Any public school, or
any educational program operated by a non-profit organization may participate in
the program. Day Care centers are eligible under the program, but because of
limited funds, the Food Distribution agency has established the policy of giving
priority to children in regular school programs because the nutrition programs of
the Day Caro centers are met by Lanhnn Act funds.

Miss Williams reported that at the recent meeting of the State Advisory School
Lunch Program of the Department of Education, it was announced that thoro will be
local advisory e6mnitteos for the program. Members of local Defense Council Child
Care Connittcos and Nutrition Connittoos should be appointed to nomborship on the
school lunch program conmittoos,

Now that the rccornondations of the State Defense Council Child Caro Coo'it.tco
for a school lunch progrnn as part of the educational program of the State nro
beginning to be fulfilled, the chairnmn raised the question regarding the Stnto
Child Care Connittoo s- continued responsibility for. the school lunch programs,
ospociolly since four nonbors of our connittoo, Mrs, Gibbs, Miss Frojon, Mrs.
Skipper and Mrs. Walker, are on the School Lunch Progran Cormittoo.






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Mrs. Walker mentioned the need for continuous interpretation. The Chairman asked
whether we should send a bulletin regarding the school lunch program to local child
care committees. It was decided that the Chairman will get in touch with Mrs.
Flanigan, who is preparing bulletins on tho program, regarding the type of informal~
tion which will be helpful to local Child Care committees. Possibly Stato Depart-
mont of Education interpretive bulletins can be distributed through them.

Judge Criswoll made a motion which was seconded by Mrs. Gibbs and passed, stating
that the Statc Defense Council Child Care Commiteoo stands ready to cooperate in
the intcrprota-tion or in any other matter pertaining to the School Lunch Program
whqn called upon to do so, but otherwise will taper off its responsibility for tho
program as a committee activity.

Miss Frojen described the course in group feeding being planned for homo economics
students in the schools. The school lunch programs will provide the laboratory
facilities. Another similar course is being planned for students who are not home
economics students. In the past year over 50 per cent of the homo economics
teachers taught courses in nutrition and cantoon work. Those who took those
courses will be available for service in school lunch rooms. Members of PTAs can -
nlso give valuable service.

Mrs. Hardy abstracted the report sent by Mr. Carlson on ncw youth recroationol
program developments in nineteen Florida cities. Such programs have boon organized
in Clnerwator, D)atonap Beach, Fort Laudordlec, Gainosvillo, Hollywood, Pensacola,
St. Augustine, St. Petersburg, Tallaha-ssee, Tampa, Sanford, Sarasota, Panama City,
Miani, Coral Gables, 'Tost Palm Beach, Lako City, Hainos City and Fort Mycrs.

Dr. Hoffmrn interpreted the philosophy and principles of the State Board of
Health's program for child hoolth. Ho referred the cor-.ittco to two new publicr-
ticns of the Statc Board of Hc.lth: Florida's School Health Progrna, 1943 edition,
and The Selection of Pupils for Public Honlth Examinations. The whole approach
to child health is focused on health oducati'r which begins with the teaching of
p.rcnt.s during the.pro-natal period. Public Health staffs nre conducting classes
for mothers rand fathers. Hcalthinstruction is incorpor-.tod in the school curric-
ulum rwith the air of "getting the child to live whvat he is learning about himself."
There are also classes for -yung people,

Teachers are trained tc play on important part in the school health program
Because of the impossibility, especially now because of public health personnel
shortages, of giving thorough public health oxam.inations to every school child, the
teachers cre responsible for selecting those children for school health cx&rninations
who are mnoically neglected bcc ause of parents' inability to pay for medical ser-
vice or other reasons, or who are failing mentally, physically, or socially.
Through the oxaminations, the child in conjunction with the doctor, nurse, parents,
and school authorities, is helped evaluate himself.

Miss Minton expressed appreciation of the educational and preventive .focus of the
public health program for children, but pointed out the need for increased correc-
tive nodicql care for children whose parents cazinot pay for nodical care. The only
funds availaole for corrective work arc limited local-wolfare funds anr-f private
resources.

Dr. Hoffmn.n described the program of the Stato Board of Health for medical service
to wives anc. infants of .ilitrry personnel of certain ranks; The services include







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emergency surgical care of non-obstetrical conditions of pregnant women, complete
obstetrical service and pediatric service. The patients may select any licensed
physician who has entered into an agreement to participate in the program, or any
hospital with which the State Board of Health has an agreement. Arrangements may
bo made for homo delivorios.

The procedures for applications are oery simple. Applicants may secure application
forns from health or welfare agencies' or from physicians participating in the plan.
The military service serial number of the husband, which must be reoorded on the
apoolicatian, is verified frequently through documentary evidence in possession of
the applicant. The only limitation on the service is that military medicrlrosources
must 0b used, if available. If there are no local hospitals near the residence of
the mother, delivery may be arranged in another locality.

rr. Hoffman stated the Stp.to Board of Health is making every effort to extend pub-
lic health services throughout the State. Difficulty in securing qualified porson-
rdc presents a real problem. Mrs. Skipper stated that the schools are having
.i.-ilar difficulties. She thinks that Child Care Committees can be helpful in
c-ncouraging those persons who have retired from the profession to return to tcaeh-


Miss Judy stated that one of the responsibilities of Defense Councils and Child
Care Committees should be to interpret the valuo of continuing education, health,
and rolfare services during the war period. They can do much to mold public
opinion in regard to keeping essential workers in those fields !.t home, liss
Minton stated that personnel in essential public health,, welfare and oducaction
services may be covered by the War Stabilization Act. Such action has psychological
value in stressing the importance of the services to employees and to the public.
The State Woclfare Board, at its last meeting, took action to have its employees
covered by the Act. Those interested in public services should cncourago young
people to prepare for careers in public education, health and welfare services and
encourage experienced retired workers to the'flelds.

The group cited exnrplos of men of military age leaving school administrative and
touching positions and other positions in essential public services because of
cor.unit- attitudes towards their remaining out of military service. Now that so
nany fathers are absent from homes, it is especially important for children to have
some masculine guidance rnd influence through school contacts. Mrs. Gibbs stated
that. PTA groups are trying to mold public opinion regarding the necessity of some
men teachers reaini-ng in their jobs. It was suggested that newspaper news articles
Pand editorials about the problem will be helpful. The secretary pro tom was asked
to prepare a sur-ary of the connittoo's discussion for the press,

Questions were asked about the availability of literature and p rphlots from vari-
ous state prdc federal ago-cies' for local groups. There should be some moans of
channeling useful information cn- child care to local committeos, agencies, libraries
etc. For co~xanle, Mrs. Walkor wonders how r:any staffs of day care centers nake use
of the excellent Childronrs Bureau pamphlet entitled, "Food for Young ChilreLon in
Group Caro." The chairnen appointed a cormittoo to prepare bibliographies and to
collect material which will be helpful to locnl groups. The conlittoo ncnbors
appointed wore: Dr. Hoffman, Mrs. Hardy chairmann), Mrs. Withers, Mrs'. Sowers
and Miss Eolloway. Their responsibilities wore outlined as: (1) To r6viow child
caro literature of public agencies, (2) to classify natorial.







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Miss Holloway reported on agricultural problems affecting children. The rural child
is affected in a major degree by all problems which have been discussed by the Child
Care Committee: Teachor.and medical personnel shortages, administrative difficul-
ties in securing adooquatb public health coverage, difficulties in organizing PTA
groups and the manpower shortages in rural areas. The Agricultural Extension Scrv-
i0u is charged with the responsibility of oncoureging the production and conserva-
tion of more food. To increase agricultural production in Florida, it will be
n'.%ossary in the coming season to supplement migratory and imported labor by the
u.So of women and child agricultural workers.

T!jo Agricultural Extension Service has boon given administrativo.responsibility for
p.lrnning for the placement of womon and children in agriculture. Children will work
i:, groups in their neighborhoods, in many cases, with their parents. School prog -
r'.s will be adjusted to moot the agricultural labor needs of tbc community. Every
c-:Fort will be made to mnko periods of interruption of school programs as brief as
p ..siblo. In Florida it will probably not be necessary to.house the children in
g:' ps. The Extonsion Sorv-ico will be responsible for adjusting the programs to
b. health, recreational nnd social needs of the children. The minimum ago limit
for the child agricultural workers is twelve years.

Changes in the State Child Labor Law made by the 1943 legislature were mentioned.
It is thought that with the responsibility for administration of the law place in
the Industrial Commission that the administration of the law will be more uniform
and effective than in the past. It was suggested that members of the committee
secure copies of the amended Child Labor Law which contains important changes in
reference to the child in agriculture.

In roforence to the omploymont of children in agriculture, the Agriculturnl Exten-
sion Service will plan carefully for the program with guidance from residents of
the communities from which the workers will be drawn. The .possibility of using
local Child COro committees for intorprotation was suggestodi ,.

The chairman reported on the State Wolfaro Board's program of services to children
of working mothers. Federal funds for staff salaries wore not available from the
President's Emergency Fund after June 30. Two workers of the former staff of six
wore retained to complete some of the community organization projects until July 15.
Before discontinuanco of the program, 110 private facilities for the day care of
children were visited and studied by the staff. Of these, only 28 wore found to
have sub-marginal standards of child caro. If, in the fall, funds are provided
through the onactnont of the Thonms Bill, State Welfare Board staff will be erxploycd
again to continue the program, which will include services to the private facilities
in an effort to help t'hom improve their standards of care

Because of the temporary absence from the State of Dr. Watson, Chairman of the Sub-
committoo for Training for Volunteers for Young Children, there was no report from
her conmittoo. The chairman asked if any traiinig courses aro in process and what
ones have been given in recent months. Members of the sub-committee felt there had
boon few courses in progress. recently. Because of the already encountered difficul-
ties in carrying out the cornittoo plan for a state-wide training program, dependent
upon volunteer training staff, the chairman questioned if the group would want to
ask the training comnittoo to consider the possibility of working out. some plan
with the Hono Economics Division of the Stato Dopartmont of Education for using
Homo Economics teachers as loaders for adult education classes in child care. In











the absence of Dr. Watson, Miss Frojen and Mrs. Skipper were asked to consider the
possibilities of using the content of the course approved by this committee in
conjunction with a possible plan to use the Home Economics teachers as leaders of
the training courses, This plan might also provide the needed state-wide coverage.

The chairman suggosted that a review of the functions of the Child Care Committee
is indicated. Since October, 1942, we have covered many areas of problems affect-
ing children in wartime. Some rosponsibilitios in the area of child care and
r~d.Aance have been assigned to other Defense Council committees. The secretary was
.rkcd to road a portion of the minutes of the October, 1942 meeting, at which time
it was agreed by the committee that the State and local committees would "limit
*.h.ir activities to plans and programs for children of working mothers, children of
iriustrial war workers, and military personnel, and children whose families have
bUon displaced as the result of war conditions." The committee agreed at the same
:-.coting in October that "the child care commnittoos at the State and local levels
: .J. plan for the protection and care of children in the above classifications from
l:trth through junior high school ago."

Miss Judy, Miss iinton. and Mrs. Skipper reported on a recent meeting in Tallahassoo
of adults and youth called by the State Defense Council at which the problems of
youth and programs for young people wore discussed. It was suggested at that mnot-
ing that a Youth Security GoTmittoc of the State Defense Council might be organized,
as problems of youth differ from those of child care. A sub-cor.nittoo of five
adult members and two youths was appointed to make plans for the proposed organiza-
tion and functions of such a State comnittoo. Age limits have not booen defined.

Questions wore raised regarding the possible overlapping of the Youth Security Com-
nittee's functions with those of the Child Care Committeo, which the Connittoo
wishes to avoid. The fooling was expressed that we would desire to give all possi-
ble cooperation to the proposed Youth Security Comnittco. For this reason, it is
also essential that we ro-oxamino our functions a-nd arens of responsibility. To
facilitate this clarification of conmittoo function, Mrs. Skipper moved that the
chairman appoint a sub-committee to analyze and make rocommondantions regarding the
functions of the Child Care Co-'nittoo. Motion seconded by Miss Minton and passed.
The chairman appointed Mrs. Skipper as chanrnan of this co jittoo with Father
Manning, 1rs. Gibbs, and Miss Minton as members. Report from this cor.ittoo will
be due at our next noting.

The chairrnn znno.uncod that members of Child Care Cooiittoe are eligible for Office
of Civilian Defense ribbons of award for volunteer service, A bulletin defining
the number of hours served which county towards the awards will be sent to each
member of the cornmittoo within the next month.

The group agrood that the next meeting of the committee be hold in Jacksonville
around Septomber 3, at the discretion of the chairman.

Thoro being nc further business, the meeting adjourned.


Mildred H. Hardy
Secretary pro tom