Child Care Policy at the Crossroads

Child Care Policy at the Crossroads

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As women have become increasingly integrated into the waged labor force around the world, the idea of childcare has found its way onto the political agenda in every country in the developed world. Experimentation with different social safety-nets is at the heart of contemporary debates, as are innovative mixes of public and private provisions. Whether childcare is seen as part of society's educational policy, welfare policy, or employment policy affects not only its form and content but also its public image. The US and Canada are reforming welfare and instituting workfare, but Sweden has recently experimented with promoting private services to reduce the size of its public sector and offer citizens more qchoice.q The Netherlands, Germany and other members of the EU are focusing on sharing work between women and men by increasing leisure and qfamily time.q The contributors use current polices for the care of infants and preschool children to analyze debates and track the emergence of new state welfare practices across a variety of social and political configurations-and offer some conclusions about which methods work the best.This can be explained by a congeries of factors, including the demand for labor produced bv the general upsurge in the ... The fact that the majority of U.S. mothers, including those with very young children, are employed outside the home ... in fact it, too, is subsidized indirectlv bv the federal government through a dependent care tax credit and incentives to employers who establish child care services.

Title:Child Care Policy at the Crossroads
Author: Sonya Michel, Rianne Mahon
Publisher:Psychology Press - 2002

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