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The Tragedy of Childcare in America

Yale Medicine Magazine, 2010 - Autumn


by Edward F. Zigler, Ph.D., Sterling Professor Emeritus of Psychology; Katherine Marsland, Ph.D.; and Heather Lord, Ph.D. (Yale University Press) This book addresses the United States’ failure to establish a comprehensive high-quality child care program. The authors chronicle the history of child care policy since 1969, including the inside story of America’s one concerted—and failed—attempt to create a comprehensive system of child care. The authors conclude with an agenda designed to create a system of child care that would support cognitive, social, and emotional development; school readiness; and academic achievement.