By Sally S. Cohen
Why has baby care laws constructed alongside its current path? How did the political avid gamers impression lawmakers? What do the politics of kid care laws during the last thirty years point out for the longer term? in keeping with a couple of hundred interviews with legislators and govt department officers, archival examine, and secondary assets, this e-book seems on the politics in the back of baby care laws, instead of interpreting baby care as a piece and relatives factor. opting for key junctures at which significant baby care accounts have been brought and debated (1971, 1990, and 1996), Sally Cohen examines the politics surrounding each one of those occasions and identifies the political constructions and negotiations that advanced within the intervening years. additionally, Cohen seems on the influence the election of President Clinton has had on baby care policymaking, and the way baby care laws turned a part of different matters, together with welfare reform, crime prevention, university readiness, and tax coverage revisions.
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However, debates continued over federal funding levels, the types of tax reforms that would best meet the needs of families with children, and the type of families that should beneﬁt from various child care policies. Introduction 21 Chapter 8 describes the nuances of child care policymaking at the state level and how federal legislation affected and interacted with states’ decisions pertaining to child care and early education. A book on federal child care policymaking would be incomplete without some discussion of how states implemented such policies and linked them with Head Start, child care, and other early education programs.
Philosophical differences between each camp contributed to ongoing divisiveness in child care policymaking. Other minor advocacy coalitions also were part of child care policymaking, sometimes in inchoate forms. In particular, the politics of enacting the 1990 child care legislation heightened ongoing conﬂicts among organizations over separation of church and state. Although this is not presently a key issue for child care (having been resolved, to some extent, in the 1990 legislation), it produced distinct coalitions among organizations participating in child care policymaking in the late 1980s.
61 Overview of the Book The book takes a chronological approach to child care policymaking. Chapter 2 describes the politics of the 1971 bill establishing a universal and comprehensive child care program, which President Nixon vetoed. The chapter includes the themes that helped place child care on the legislative agenda, differences between how leaders in the House and Senate handled the legislation, alignment of organized interests, and divisiveness within the executive branch that led to President Nixon’s veto.
Championing child care by Sally S. Cohen