Acknowledgments 1 Introduction 2 Framing 3 History 4 The Role of Interest Groups 5 Current U.S. Child Care Policies 6 Women and Child Care 7 Strategic Framing of Child Care 8 Child Care as a Social Movement 9 If We Have a Major Social Problem, Why Is There No Movement for Change? Afterword Appendix 1: A Brief Note on Research Methods Appendix 2: Interview Guide for Interest Groups and Organizations Including Unions Appendix 3: Study Respondents by Organization and Role Appendix 4: Conservative Organization Websites Reviewed Notes References Index About the Authors
Elizabeth Palley is Professor at the Adelphi School of Social Work. Corey S. Shdaimah is Associate Professor at the University of Maryland, School of Social Work.
"Whether you are a parent, provider or policy wonk, this book will help you understand why quality child care is so difficult to find and even more challenging to afford. It will then lift your spirits with some reasonable solutions."-Dana E. Friedman, Founder and President, The Early Years Institute "This book tells us why, despite a growing number of women in the workforce and the well-documented struggles of working families across the economic spectrum to access and afford child care, the U.S. has been unable to make any headway on a problem that touches so many families. Palley and Shdiamah look through the lens of social movement theory to remind us that in the context of U.S. culture and politics, building a broad based movement around child care is essential if we are to move from a piecemeal approach to comprehensive policy. The authors' conversations with long-time advocates and activists lead to provocative questions about how to reframe the child care issue toward building a broad-based movement in the context of today's challenges and opportunities. This book is a must-read for advocates, union leaders and activists, early childhood workers and educators."-Denise Dowell, Early Learning and Care Programs, CSEA