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Overview

Why has child care legislation developed along its present course? How did the political players influence lawmakers? What do the politics of child care legislation over the past thirty years indicate for the future? Based on more than one hundred interviews with legislators and executive branch officials, archival research, and secondary sources, this book looks at the politics behind child care legislation, rather than analyzing child care as a work and family issue.

Identifying key junctures at which major child care bills were introduced and debated (1971, 1990, and 1996), Sally Cohen examines the politics surrounding each of these events and identifies the political structures and negotiations that evolved in the intervening years. In addition, Cohen looks at the impact the election of President Clinton has had on child care policymaking, and how child care legislation became part of other issues, including welfare reform, crime prevention, school readiness, and tax policy revisions.

Columbia University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Political Science Quarterly - Sonya Michel

Championing Child Care will undoubtedly stand as the definitive account of late twentieth-century federal child care policy making.

Journal of Marriage and Family

A comprehensive history and analysis of the politics that have shaped U.S. federal child care policy throughout the past 30 years.

Political Science Quarterly
Championing Child Care will undoubtedly stand as the definitive account of late twentieth-century federal child care policy making.

— Sonya Michel

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Meet the Author

Sally S. Cohen is an associate professor at Yale University, and the director of the Center for Health Policy and Ethics at Yale University School of Nursing. She lives in Stamford, CT.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Senator Christopher Dodd1. IntroductionWhy Study Child Care Politics?Context of the Book2. Politics of Child Care Legislation, 1971Overview of the Book3. From Political Stalemate to Welfare Entitlement, 1972-1988Prelude to Child Care Legislation of 19714. Politics of Child Care Legislation, 1987-1990Child Care Lands on the Legislative Agenda5. Regulations, Implementation, and High Expectations, 1991-1993Moving Child Care Through Congress6. Child Care and Welfare Reform, 1994--1996Nixon and Child Care: A Battle Among the President's Men7. High Hopes, 1997-2000The Demise of Child Care Legislation8. A View from the States, 1996--2000Federal Interagency Day Care Regulations9. Looking Back and to the FutureThe Early 1980s: Retrenchment and RegroupingWelfare Reform Features the First Federal Child Care EntitlementLaunching a Child Care InitiativeThe Other Side of the Story: Conservatives Offer Competing Proposals1989: Senate Success1989: The House Imbroglio over Child Care Legislation1990: The Last ChancePlacing Child Care Regulations in ContextCCDBG Regulations Spark Feuds over Standards and Other ConcernsAt-Risk Child Care Regulations Add More Fuel to the FireImplementing the 1990 Child Care Package1993: A New Political Era1994: Elections Set a New Stage for Child CareChild Care and Welfare Reform LegislationThe Changed Face of Political Action for Child Care and Children1997: New Opportunities for Child Care1998: New Twists for Child Care LegislationUshering Federal Child Care Policy into the Twenty-first CenturyChild Care and American FederalismFederal Child Care Regulations RevisitedImpact of Welfare Reform on Child CareLinking Child Care with Other Early Education InitiativesIt's Not Just Women's Participation in the Labor ForceWhat's Institutional Structure Got to Do with It?The Influence of Organized InterestsLooking AheadState Child Care Policies Assume a New Look

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