Who Cares for Our Children? The Child Care Crisis in the Other America / Edition 1

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Overview

Lack of access to affordable high quality child care is frequently the tipping point that catapults a family into poverty, joblessness, and homelessness. Polakow presents the compelling stories of low-income women from across the nation and chronicles their resilient struggles in the face of ongoing child care crises. The resulting work is an incisive critique of public policy that points to the shameful record of the United States in caring for its children. 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.

About the Author:
Valerie Polakow is a professor of Educational Psychology and Early Childhood at Eastern Michigan University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807747742
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press
  • Publication date: 4/13/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents


Foreword   Barbara Ehrenreich     ix
Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction: Who Cares?     1
Whose Rights?     17
Young, Vulnerable, and Poor: Confronting the Child Care Maze     30
Struggling and Juggling: School, Work, and Child Care     54
On the Edges: When Two Parents Can't Make It     71
"Difficult" Children; Disrupted Placements and Expulsions     89
Immigrant Mothers: Child Care in the Shadows     106
"It Was a Wonderful and Different Change": When Child Care Works     127
The Right to Child Care     161
Notes     187
References     203
Index     217
About the Author     227
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