- Publisher: HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
- Format: Paperback | 214 pages
- Dimensions: 137mm x 209mm x 16mm | 272g
- Publication date: 4 March 1998
- Publication City/Country: Cambridge, Mass
- ISBN 10: 0674194063
- ISBN 13: 9780674194069
- Edition: 2, Revised
- Edition statement: New ed of 2 Revised ed
- Illustrations note: 2 tables
Modern parents experience more documented physical and psychological stress related to the provision of childcare than have any on record thus far. Statistics show that as a number of working mpothers has surged in the 1980s and the 1990s, the problems of negotiating the dual demands of work and home have also sharpley increased in both complexity and number. The average working mother spends 40 hours a week in employment outside the home and another 36 caring for children and the home. Her average weekly commute has risen ten hours within the 1990s. More than ever, the emotional welfare of families depends on good daycare. In this revised and expanded edition of her study of 1982, Alison Clarke-Stewart draws on extensive research to survey the social, political and economic landscape of daycare between the mid-1980s and mid-1990s. Her evaluation of the current status, options and consequences of daycare are designed to enable parents to make informed choices for their children and provides a glimpse of how their choices will affect future generations. The subject is approached from several angles: comparisons of past and present as well as American and global practices and reviews of the latest research into the effects of daycare on children's development. The text also looks at the emergence and current state of institutional daycare in both corporations and schools. As she explores the social and emotional environment for this field, the author lays out all the necessary ingredients for success and offers a checklist parents can use to assess their own arrangements.
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Alison Clarke-Stewart is Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior and Associate Dean of Research at the University of California, Irvine.
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There is more childcare available and more parents are using it, but it is not of higher quality and it is not more affordable. Psychologists are still asking whether children should be in daycare at all--today the particular concern is for young infants--and parents are still having trouble finding high-quality services. These problems will not be resolved anytime soon. There must be a concerted effort to educate all Americans--those in positions of power as well as those with young children--about the importance of good daycare. This book is dedicated to that effort.