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Who Cares for Our Children?: The Child Care Crisis in the Other America

reviewed by Debra Ackerman - July 18, 2007

coverTitle: Who Cares for Our Children?: The Child Care Crisis in the Other America
Author(s): Valerie Polakow
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807747742 , Pages: 240, Year: 2007
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Whether living in a city, suburb, or rural community, it can be difficult for parents to find dependable, affordable, and high quality child care that is also a good fit with their work obligations and child’s needs (Blau, 2001; Gormley, 1995; Lombardi, 2003). Low-income mothers seeking welfare assistance may face even more child care-related challenges. Receiving welfare benefits is often contingent on being employed; thus, access to child care is critical (Kimmel, 2006). However, child care costs can consume a large proportion of middle-class salaries (Schulman, 2000). States offer child care subsidies to low-income parents, but the demand for such subsidies often outstrips supply (Mezey, Greenberg, & Schumacher, 2002). Furthermore, rules about eligibility can be confusing, resulting in some low-income parents not taking advantage of this assistance (Meyers & Jordan, 2006). Individuals with minimal levels of education may also be more likely to have jobs that require nonstandard hours, further... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: July 18, 2007
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14556, Date Accessed: 9/19/2021 9:40:24 PM

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  • Debra Ackerman
    National Institute for Early Education Research, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
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    DEBRA J. ACKERMAN is an Assistant Research Professor at the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER), where she conducts large-scale evaluations of publicly funded preschool initiatives and writes about issues related to early education policy. Her recent publications include: "The Learning Never Stops: Lessons From Military Child Development Centers For Teacher Professional Development Policy" in Early Childhood Research & Practice, and "The Costs of Being a Child Care Teacher: Revisiting the Problem of Low Wages" in Educational Policy.
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