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The Tragedy of Child Care in America$
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Edward Zigler, Katherine Marsland, and Heather Lord

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780300122336

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300122336.001.0001

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Quality and Affordability

Quality and Affordability

(p.66) Chapter Four Quality and Affordability
The Tragedy of Child Care in America

Edward Zigler

Katherine Marsland

Heather Lord

Yale University Press

This chapter assesses the quality and affordability of child care in the United States. It begins by examining the elements of good-quality child care and its importance to children's development. It then considers the important relationship between quality and affordability and why the inherent tension between the two requires public-sector investment. It concludes with a discussion of promising policy initiatives and how the lessons learned from them can be used in moving toward comprehensive large-scale policy reform.

Keywords:   child care policy, social policy, child care quality, child development, public sector investment

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