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More Than Kissing Babies?: Current Child and Family Policy in the United States

More Than Kissing Babies?: Current Child and Family Policy in the United States

by Margery W. Davies, Francine H. JacobsMargery W. Davies


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This compendium provides an orientation to basic issues of child and family policy. It includes an overview of the recent history of child and family policy in the United States; an exploration of several political economic conditions underlying changes in these policies; a historical survey of policies toward dependent children; and case studies of selected local, state, and federal policies. The case study approach helps to discern patterns in successful and unsuccessful policies, clarify assumptions and values that underlie them, and develop evaluation criteria. Policy formation is the focus in analyses of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act; family support initiatives in Kentucky, Missouri, and Maryland; and municipal policies for homeless families in Atlanta, Denver, and Seattle. Examinations of the federal Baby Doe regulations and AIDS education policy in the Cambridge, Massachusetts, public schools highlight policy implementation. An account of the Massachusetts Day Care Partnership Project concentrates on the third phase of policy analysis: policy evaluation. The concluding chapters stress the importance of considering race, class, and gender in defining social problems, setting policy agendas, and structuring and evaluating policies and programs. They then provide an analytic framework for assessing future responsibilities for U.S. child and family policy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780865692244
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/26/1994
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.69(d)
Lexile: 1630L (what's this?)

About the Author

FRANCINE H. JACOBS is Associate Professor, Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy, Tufts University. She is co-editor of Evaluating Family Programs (1988).

MARGERY W. DAVIES is Research Associate at the Center for Applied Child Development in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Administrator of the Community Health Program, both at Tufts University. She is the author of Woman's Place Is at the Typewriter: Office Work and Office Workers, 1870-1930 (1982).

Table of Contents




Introduction by Francine H. Jacobs and Margery W. Davies

Child and Family Policy: Framing the Issues by Francine H. Jacobs

Who's Minding the Baby?: Reproductive Work, Productive Work, and Family Policy in the United States by Margery W. Davies

Dependent Children and Their Families: A Historical Survey of United States Policies by Cherilyn E. Davidson

Congressional Responses to Families in the Workplace: The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1987-1988 by Katharine Karr Kaitin

Policy Entrepreneurship and the Emergence of Family Support Programs by Bonnie Hausman

Municipal Policies for Homeless Families by Priscilla M. D. Little

Selective Non-Treatment of Handicapped Newborns: Implementation of the Baby Doe Laws of 1984 by Martha Pott

AIDS Education in the Cambridge Public Schools: An Implementation Study by Robert B. Griffith

A Season in the Sun: The Massachusetts Day Care Partnership Project by Lucy Hudson and Susan Latts Vlodaver

Considering Race, Class, and Gender in Child and Family Policy by Margery W. Davies and Francine H. Jacobs

On the Eve of a New Millennium by Francine H. Jacobs and Margery W. Davies



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