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A mother's job : the history of day care, 1890-1960

Author: Elizabeth R Rose
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Americans today live with conflicting ideas about day care. We criticize mothers who choose not to stay at home, but we pressure women on welfare to leave their children behind. We recognize the benefits of early childhood education, but do not provide it as a public right until children enter kindergarten. Our children are priceless, but we pay minimum wages to the overwhelmingly female workforce which cares for  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Elizabeth R Rose
ISBN: 0195168100 9780195168105
OCLC Number: 54914295
Notes: "First issued as an Oxford University Press paperback, 2003"--Title page verso.
Awards: Winner of Winner of the 1995 Allan Nevins Prize!.
Description: xi, 275 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: "Foster mothers": creating day nurseries --
Using day nurseries --
Deserving mothers: day care as welfare --
Day care as educaiton: the emergence of the nursery school --
Day care and depression --
Battling for mothers' labor: day care during World War II --
From charity to legitimate need: the postwar years --
Conclusion.
Responsibility: Elizabeth Rose.

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Using Philadelphia as a case study, this title explores the history of day care from the perspective of families who used it, tracing day care's transformation from a charity for poor single mothers  Read more...

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... add[s] to our knowledge of the welfare state and the controversies surrounding age and gender roles ... warmly recommended. * American Studies Today *

 
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