International Handbook of Child Care Policies and Programs

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This reference offers a comprehensive overview of public policies and programs related to child care in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Oceania, Europe, and North America. Individual chapters profile policies and programs in 29 countries. Each chapter contains a description of existing policies and programs, presented against a particular historical, cultural, and ideological backdrop. The chapters are arranged in alphabetical order to facilitate use as a reference, and each includes a list of works for further reading.

The volume begins with an introductory essay that overviews recent trends and developments around the world. The chapters that follow discuss the background and history of child care, demographic characteristics of the country profiled, the socioeconomic context of child care, and the extent and nature of government intervention. A final chapter synthesizes the information presented and makes crossnational comparisons of policies and programs. Appendices provide demographic data and describe maternity and parental leave policies. A general bibliography concludes the work, making it a useful and current reference tool.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313268663
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/30/1993
  • Pages: 702
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.69 (d)

Meet the Author

MONCRIEFF COCHRAN is Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Cornell University.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Australia 11
3 Brazil 33
4 Canada 57
5 China 83
6 Colombia 107
7 The Commonwealth of Independent States 125
8 Denmark 143
9 Finland 167
10 France 187
11 Germany 211
12 Hungary 231
13 India 247
14 Israel 269
15 Itaiy 291
16 Japan 313
17 Kenya 333
18 Mexico 353
19 Nicaragua 377
20 Norway 391
21 Peru 415
22 The Philippines 431
23 Poland 453
24 South Africa 469
25 Sweden 491
26 The United Kingdom 515
27 United States of America 535
28 Venezuela 559
29 Vietnam 583
30 Zimbabwe 605
31 Public Child Care, Culture, and Society: Crosscutting Themes 627
Appendix 1: Maternal and Parental Leave Policies 659
Appendix 2: Comparative Demographic Data 665
Selected Bibliography 669
Index 673
About the Editor and Contributors 685
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