Championing Child Care

Championing Child Care

by Sally S. Cohen
     
 
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

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.

"An inside glimpse of the powerful voices that have contributed to our national child care agenda."

- Senator Christopher Dodd (from the foreword)

Author Biography: Sally S. Cohen is an assistant professor at Yale University, and the director of the Center for Health Policy at Yale University School of Nursing. She lives in New Haven, CT.

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231112369
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
10/18/2001
Series:
Power, Conflict, and Democracy: American Politics Into the 21st Century Series
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.65(w) x 8.65(h) x 0.45(d)
Lexile:
1620L (what's this?)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

Doug Imig

Sally Cohen's fascinating study of federal child care policy making over the past thirty years combines the very best of both case study and longitudinal analyses. The work pays careful attention to the actors, goals and strategic choices that shaped successive campaigns for an expanded federal role in child care policy and, at the same time, demonstrates the critical influence of structural and institutional factors in shaping those debates and their outcomes. Policymakers as well as students of the policy process will benefit greatly from the insights provided by this book.

Doug Imig, Director, The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change, The University of Memphis

Alice Sardell

Championing Child Care takes the literature on the politics of American social policy a giant step forward. Cohen's is a sophisticated, theoretically rich longitudinal analysis, based on solid empirical research. She presents the complex interactions among the variables that shaped child care policy over a thirty year period in a clear, enjoyable prose, enabling both scholars in the field and the interested public to understand the policy processes that shaped American child care policy and to think broadly about many issues in American social policy. It is a perfect text for courses in public policy, U.S. politics and social welfare policy at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Alice Sardell, Queens College, CUNY

Edward Zigler

The most thorough account ever written about the long, slow, disoriented process of child care policy in America. Her history shows how far we have not come because the needs of policy makers, institutions, and other interests have overridden the needs of children. All who are interested in improving the quality of child care will benefit from this painstaking research presented in this must-read book.

Edward Zigler, Sterling Professor of Psychology, Yale University

Joan Lombardi

This book is a testimonial to the thousands of people across the country who have spent decades advocating for a better child care system. By documenting the child care movement, Sally Cohen celebrates their spirit and calls upon all of us to continue the struggle to improve and expand services for the children of working families.

Joan Lombardi, Ph.D., Former Deputy Assistant Secretary, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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.

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