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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300172119
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 05/31/2011
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Edward Zigler is Sterling Professor of Psychology Emeritus at Yale University and director emeritus of the Yale Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy. He lives in North Haven, CT. Katherine Marsland is associate professor of psychology at Southern Connecticut State University. Heather Lord is a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group in New York.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xvii

1 The Challenge of Child Care 1

2 A Golden Moment Squandered 13

3 An American Child Care Policy 40

4 Quality and Affordability 66

5 Infant and Toddler Child Care 82

6 Preschool-Age Child Care 98

7 School-Age Child Care 115

8 Moving Forward 134

9 Envisioning a Solution 154

Notes 173

Index 205

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