The politics of child care policy

Many Americans thought it best for mothers to stay at home with young children even as economic necessity prevented them from doing so. But this 57 percent figure -- widely reported in the media -- is deeply misleading because it includes part-time workers.

Furthermore, 26 states, including the District, now offer part-day pre-kindergarten programs for 4-year-olds. Quality child care is very expensive. As Morgan notes, The politics of child care policy poor treatment of child care workers harms minorities, who make up a disproportionate share of child care workers.

Social conservatives prefer policies that help all families, such as higher standard deductions on taxes, while objecting to policies such as child care tax credits for working families, which these conservatives claim discriminate against traditional families.

Although 68 percent of the preschool children of working mothers are cared for in their own homes or another home, the political debate is over licensed, center-based care. Of course, when those jobs evaporated after the war, so did the day-care centers.

Has Child Care Policy Finally Come of Age?

These figures are significant because families where the mother works less than full-time have markedly different child-care needs; they are much more likely to prefer home-based care because of its more flexible hours. Most mothers of small children do not need -- or want -- full-time licensed day care.

By Elizabeth Palley and Corey S. The centers must meet Defense Department certification standards for quality; workers are trained and receive full benefits and wages on par with other military salaries; and parents pay on a sliding scale.

As more mothers took paid jobs in all of these countries during the s and s, the responses of governments were different. Middle-class families have some child care costs covered by employer benefits and tax subsidies, but the employer programs are limited and the value of federal tax subsidies has lagged the rapidly rising cost of child care.

They earn more college degrees than men do. The vast majority of working mothers do not fit the stereotype of the low-income woman who works long hours and still has trouble making ends meet. These partial measures make it difficult to assemble a broad coalition for change.

The same proportion of women work in the United States as in Europe. From tothe proportion of working mothers with preschool children increased by half, from 38 percent to 57 percent.

Republicans have had to tread a thin line, as economic reality means that large proportions of Republican voters are from two-earner households. Unfortunately, subsidizing middle-class child care would be very expensive. Nixon vetoed the Comprehensive Child Development Act, which would have provided universal, federally funded pre-kindergarten education.

Perhaps the personal experience of lawmakers themselves will illuminate the value of more effective work-family policies. In addition, allowing welfare recipients to stay at home while middle-class mothers went to work had become politically untenable.

The politically self-reinforcing private model has wider significance for economic inequality. Second, the private model is facilitated by low pay and lax regulatory policies.

Early-education programs are attractive, but they typically run three to four hours per day and not during the summer, failing to match work schedules.

Laws & Policies

An emphasis on child care for lower-income families is laudable, as their needs are often most severe. For a PDF version, please click here.

Why is there no social movement for provision of long-term care in the United States? One major problem, Palley and Shdaimah conclude from interviews with child care advocates and others, is the lack of a compelling way to frame the case for child care provision.

Women outnumber men in the voting booth. InPresident Richard M. Child care in the United States has always been understood as an individual, parental responsibility rather than as a social good. A more contemporary example of public provision of child care also comes from a national-security context.

But this would be an incredibly inefficient social strategy, as experience with the existing tax credit for child and dependent care demonstrates.

Almost all of the gender gap in pay between men and women is due to working mothers. As a result, the United States has some government-provided child care for the poor, and has left everyone else to secure private services on their own.

Child care workers—one of the worst-paid groups in American society—receive few employee benefits and have high turnover rates. One that requires a major new federal program? To be sure, the rapid increase in the proportion of women -- and mothers -- in the paid labor force is one of the most significant social changes of the past two decades.But the Kennedy administration could not muster sufficient political support to push through a universal child care policy.

State Structures and The Politics of Child Care

civil rights leaders and early childhood advocates worked with Congress to legislate universal child care policy, but their efforts failed when President Nixon vetoed the Comprehensive Child Development Act of This journal disseminates research and analysis regarding major issues of child care and education policy relating to young children and their families to a broad international readership, including policymakers, researchers, and practitioners.

As a peer reviewed journal, it invites submission of articles concerning policy reforms, empirical research on early childhood education and care (ECEC. Library Policy; State Resources. State Statutes; Laws & Policies Laws & Policies. Publications and resources related to State and Federal civil laws on child abuse and neglect, child welfare, and adoption.

Laws addressing State agency responsibility when a child is placed in out-of-home care, including case planning, reasonable efforts. Child care, once consigned to the ghetto of liberal women’s issues, is earning newfound—and bipartisan—attention on the campaign trail.

During the Republican debate last week, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio dropped the remarkable fact that child care costs more than college tuition in 35 states. Comparing Child Care Policy in the Canadian Provinces Kelly Pasolli Department of Political Science, University of Calgary [email protected] Watch video · (The Washington Post) This post has been updated ASTON, Pa.

— Donald Trump, in softer tones than he normally uses, on Tuesday unveiled several policy proposals for lowering child-care costs that were crafted in part by his eldest daughter, Ivanka, including a plan to guarantee six weeks of paid maternity leave that marks a striking departure from GOP orthodoxy.

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