Who Cares for Our Children?: The Child Care Crisis in the Other America
Who Cares for Our Children?: The Child Care Crisis in the Other America
Brand: Teachers College Press

Who Cares for Our Children?: The Child Care Crisis in the Other America

  • Publish Date: 2007-04-01
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Valerie Polakow

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Lack of access to affordable high-quality child care is frequently the tipping point that catapults a family into poverty, joblessness, and homelessness -- a constant threat to the well-being of women and children. Polakow spent a year traveling around the country listening to low-income women from diverse backgrounds tell their stories of struggle, resilience, distress, and occasional success as they encountered ongoing child care crises. The resulting work is both a compelling account of the lived realities of the child care crisis, and an incisive critique of public policy that points to the United States as an outlier in the international community. Drawing on historical and international perspectives, Polakow creates a groundbreaking analysis of child care as a human right, persuasively arguing for a universal child care system.

Among the provocative issues the book addresses are:
* Child care as a private or public responsibility
* The segregated history of child care
* Poor children and the child care nightmare
* Working-poor mothers and their deficit of choices
* Woman-friendly policies in international context
* Recommendations for universal child care
* Child Care as a human right


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