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Author Palley, Elizabeth.

Title In our hands : the struggle for U.S. child care policy / Elizabeth Palley, Corey S. Shdaimah.

Publication Info. New York ; London : New York University Press, [2014]


Location Call No. Status
 University of Saint Joseph: Pope Pius XII Library - Standard Shelving Location  362.7 P166I    Check Shelf
Description xi, 276 pages ; 24 cm.
Series Families, law, and society series
Families, law, and society series.
Summary "Working mothers are common in the United States. In over half of all two-parent families, both parents work, and women's paychecks on average make up 35 percent of their families' incomes. Most of these families yearn for available and affordable child care--but although most developed countries offer state-funded child care, it remains scarce in the United States. And even in prosperous times, child care is rarely a priority for U.S. policy makers. In In Our Hands: The Struggle for U.S. Child Care Policy, Elizabeth Palley and Corey S. Shdaimah explore the reasons behind the relative paucity of U.S. child care and child care support. Why, they ask, are policy makers unable to convert widespread need into a feasible political agenda? They examine the history of child care advocacy and legislation in the United States, from the Child Care Development Act of the 1970s that was vetoed by Nixon through the Obama administration's Child Care Development Block Grant. The book includes data from interviews with 23 prominent child care and early education advocates and researchers who have spent their careers seeking expansion of child care policy and funding and an examination of the legislative debates around key child care bills of the last half-century. Palley and Shdaimah analyze the special interest and niche groups that have formed around existing policy, arguing that such groups limit the possibility for debate around U.S. child care policy. Ultimately, they conclude, we do not need to make minor changes to our existing policies. We need a revolution"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction -- Framing -- History -- The role of interest groups -- Current U.S. child care policies -- Women and child care -- Strategic framing of child care -- Child care as a social movement -- If we have a major social problem, why is there no movement for change?
Subject Child care -- United States.
Child care -- Law and legislation -- United States.
United States -- Social policy.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Public Policy -- Social Policy.
LAW -- Child Advocacy.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Sociology -- Marriage & Family.
Child care. (OCoLC)fst00854292
Child care -- Law and legislation. (OCoLC)fst00854303
Social policy. (OCoLC)fst01122738
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Added Author Shdaimah, Corey S.
Standard No. 40023904581
ISBN 9781479862658 (hardback)
1479862657 (hardback)
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