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E. H. Butler Library
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Resources in the Butler Library collection on reproductive justice, research tips for students, and resource links for those in need of support.
Abortion Rights Movement
Fiction on Abortion & Reproductive Rights
Abortion and the Law in the US Guide
Access to Contraception
Pregnancy and Birth
Race, Class, and Inequality
Inequality and the Limits of "Choice"
Available at the Library
America's Child Care Problem
Barbara R. Bergmann; Suzanne Wiggans Helburn; Bergmann R. R.; Barbara R. Nergmann; Suzanne W. Helburn
Call Number: Stacks HQ778.63 .H435 2002
Publication Date: 2002-01-05
In this book, two esteemed economists examine the causes and potential cures of the child care problems that face this country today. Writing for policymakers, parents, and providers alike, Suzanne W. Helburn and Barbara R. Bergmann provide the first in-depth look at the child care industry, identifying crucial problems such as quality of care and the high cost of even mediocre care. Moreover, the authors identify sources for change-including stronger regulatory procedures on providers and suppliers of care-and more government subsidies. America's Child Care Problem examines the views of key players in all facets of the child care industry: CEOs, politicians, policy advocates, foundation directors, child care providers, and parents; and offers specific advice and guidelines for parents to use when selecting care. The book helps parents understand the hidden costs of child care; the pros and cons of child care centers versus care by nannies, relatives, and family-run centers; and danger signals that indicate a low quality of child care.
Demanding Child Care: Women's Activism and the Politics of Welfare, 1940-71
Natalie M. Fousekis
Call Number: Stacks HQ778.65.C2 F667 2011
Publication Date: 2011-08-03
During World War II, as women stepped in to fill jobs vacated by men in the armed services, the federal government established public child care centers in local communities for the first time. When the government announced plans to withdraw funding and terminate its child care services at the end of the war, women in California protested and lobbied to keep their centers open, even as these services rapidly vanished in other states. Analyzing the informal networks of cross-class and cross-race reformers, policymakers, and educators, this book traces the rapidly changing alliances among these groups. During the early stages of the childcare movement, feminists, Communists, and labor activists banded together, only to have these alliances dissolve by the 1950s as the movement welcomed new leadership composed of working-class mothers and early childhood educators. In the 1960s, when federal policymakers earmarked child care funds for children of women on welfare and children described as culturally deprived, it expanded child care services available to these groups but eventually eliminated public child care for the working poor. Fousekis helps to explain the barriers to a publically funded comprehensive child care program in the United States.
In Our Hands: The Struggle for U.S. Child Care Policy
Elizabeth Palley; Corey S. Shdaimah
Call Number: Stacks HQ778.63 .P35 2014
Publication Date: 2014-06-06
In In Our Hands: The Struggle for U.S. Child Care Policy, Elizabeth Palley and Corey S. Shdaimah explore the reasons behind the relative paucity of U.S. child care and child care support. They examine the history of child care advocacy and legislation in the United States, from the Child Care Development Act of the 1970s that was vetoed by Nixon through the Obama administration's Child Care Development Block Grant. The book includes data from interviews with 23 prominent child care and early education advocates and researchers who have spent their careers seeking expansion of child care policy and funding and an examination of the legislative debates around key child care bills of the last half-century. Palley and Shdaimah analyze the special interest and niche groups that have formed around existing policy, arguing that such groups limit the possibility for debate around U.S. child care policy.
Shadow Mothers: Nannies, Au Pairs, and the Micropolitics of Mothering
Cameron Lynne Macdonald
Call Number: eBook is Available Online to Buffalo State College community
Publication Date: 2011-02-09
Shadow Mothers shines new light on an aspect of contemporary motherhood often hidden from view: the need for paid childcare by women returning to the workforce, and the complex bonds mothers forge with the "shadow mothers" they hire. Cameron Lynne Macdonald illuminates both sides of an unequal and complicated relationship. Based on in-depth interviews with professional women and childcare providers-- immigrant and American-born nannies as well as European au pairs--Shadow Mothers locates the roots of individual skirmishes between mothers and their childcare providers in broader cultural and social tensions. Macdonald argues that these conflicts arise from unrealistic ideals about mothering and inflexible career paths and work schedules, as well as from the devaluation of paid care work.
The Tragedy of Child Care in America
Edward F. Zigler; Katherine Marsland; Heather Lord
Call Number: Stacks HQ778.63 .Z53 2009
Publication Date: 2009-06-09
Why the United States has failed to establish a comprehensive high-quality child care program is the question at the center of this book. Edward Zigler has been intimately involved in this issue since the 1970s, and here he presents a firsthand history of the policy making and politics surrounding this important debate. Good-quality child care supports cognitive, social, and emotional development, school readiness, and academic achievement. This book examines the history of child care policy since 1969, including the inside story of America’s one great attempt to create a comprehensive system of child care, its failure, and the lack of subsequent progress. Identifying specific issues that persist today, Zigler and his coauthors conclude with an agenda designed to lead us successfully toward quality care for America’s children.
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