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The Tragedy of Child Care in America

Edward Zigler, Katherine Marsland, and Heather Lord


Why the United States has failed to establish a comprehensive high-quality child care program is the question at the center of this book. The book presents a firsthand history of the policy making and politics surrounding this important debate. Good-quality child care supports cognitive, social, and emotional development, school readiness, and academic achievement. This book examines the history of child care policy since 1969, including the inside story of America's one great attempt to create a comprehensive system of child care, its failure, and the lack of subsequent progress. Identifying ... More

Keywords: United States, childcare program, politics, policy making, cognitive development, social development, emotional development, school readiness, academic achievement

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780300122336
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300122336.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Edward Zigler, author

Katherine Marsland, author

Heather Lord, author