The Tragedy of Child Care in America

The Tragedy of Child Care in America

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Why the United States has failed to establish a comprehensive high-quality child care program is the question at the center of this book. Edward Zigler has been intimately involved in this issue since the 1970s, and here he presents a firsthand history of the policy making and politics surrounding this important debate. Good-quality child care supports cognitive, social, and emotional development, school readiness, and academic achievement. This book examines the history of child care policy since 1969, including the inside story of America's one great attempt to create a comprehensive system of child care, its failure, and the lack of subsequent progress. Identifying specific issues that persist today, Zigler and his coauthors conclude with an agenda designed to lead us successfully toward quality care for America's children.The NCJW reported in 1972 in Windows on Day Care that more than 50 percent of child care settings provided worse than mediocre care, with almost all settings providing custodial care.34 As the NCJW discussed in its 1999 follow-up report, Opening a New Window on Child Care, ... an unflattering portrait of the safetya€” not to mention the qualitya€”of both center and family child care and underscored theanbsp;...

Title:The Tragedy of Child Care in America
Author:Edward Zigler, Katherine W. Marsland, Heather Lord
Publisher:Yale University Press - 2009


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