Child Care Today: Getting it Right for Everyone
From the universally admired author of the best-selling classicYourBaby and Child,the first comprehensive—and objective—book on the state of child care in America and the world today. Who is caring for today’s children? How well are they succeeding? What does care cost, and who is paying for it? How do parents go about choosing care for their children, and are they satisfied with what they find? Penelope Leach answers these and other urgent questions with facts and figures gathered from the most current research, brought to life by the voices of parents, including those involved in her own five-year study.
Leach sees “work-home balance” as being the major conundrum of the day. She delineates the challenge of fitting children’s unchanged needs into society’s changing demands and the dilemma of today’s parents needing to be in two places at once. She describes in detail the various ways Western countries address that challenge: care given by parents, extended family, and nonfamily; care provided in the child’s home, in other homes, and in professional settings; child care funded by paying parents or by the government. Considering the issues from the various viewpoints of politicians, policy makers, professionals, parents, and children themselves, the author discusses the impact of each kind of care on children of different ages.
Leach highlights the urgent need in America today for measures to raise the quality of child care, and to make the best care we can provide available to all families, just as it is (often by government mandate) in most other developed nations. Setting out clearly and candidly what is known about every aspect of child care—including the often hidden feelings and fears of parents—Penelope Leach presents a critical case for building and implementing an agenda for change.
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Child Care Today: Getting It Right for EveryoneUser Review - Book Verdict
Verdict: Leach movingly argues that it is "because we haven't abandoned the attitudes of 1959 that we are finding it so difficult to move forward in 2009." Unparalleled in its comprehensiveness, this is highly recommended for academic libraries and should be required reading for those involved in policymaking regarding children and families. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 9/1/08.] Background: Internationally acclaimed author Leach (Your Baby and Child) presents a dense and exhaustive summary of the current state of child care in major English speaking countries, lamenting that we are still looking over our shoulders for sole mother care as the gold standard. Relying on two major child care studies (NICHD-America; FCCC-British), she scientifically defines what type of care is available, who is using which type and why, and what the strengths and weaknesses are of each at various stages of childhood. She explains what the research can and cannot tell us (e.g., there are no census statistics on stay-at-home moms because they aren't relevant to the labor force); and policy comparisons with overseas countries and their implications are outlined. The United States is pathetically behind other countries in most aspects of child care (mainly because it is structured more by parental work than service to children), but the raising of standards is prohibitively difficult owing to minimal regulation and limited public funding. Leach argues that asking whether child care is bad for children is asking the wrong question altogether and that we are guilty of assuming that the answer to bad child care is no child care.-Julianne J. Smith, Ypsilanti Dist. Lib., MI Copyright 2009 Media Source Inc. Copyright 2009 Media Source Inc. ...
Review: Child Care Today: Getting It Right for EveryoneUser Review - Mary - Goodreads
While this book thoroughly explores a wide range of child care options available and used today in the US and UK, pulling from both research and surveyed reports -- I found the author's tone to be ... Read full review