Championing child care by Sally S. Cohen

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By Sally S. Cohen

Why has baby care laws constructed alongside its current path? How did the political gamers impact 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 learn, and secondary resources, this e-book appears to be like on the politics at the back of baby care laws, instead of interpreting baby care as a piece and kinfolk factor. settling on 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 buildings and negotiations that advanced within the intervening years. furthermore, Cohen appears on the impression the election of President Clinton has had on baby care policymaking, and the way baby care laws turned a part of different concerns, together with welfare reform, crime prevention, college readiness, and tax coverage revisions.

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2). Apart from helping families with working mothers, some legislators viewed child care as a component of education policy. L. 89-329)—led some policymakers, most notably members and staff of the House Select Subcommittee on Education, to view child care as the next logical component of federal education policymaking. Controversy arose over which entities in the public or private sector should administer child care programs, whether federally funded or not. ”29 Welfare and social service professionals wanted to place responsibility for child care with welfare departments or community and social service agencies whose staff were already administering child care programs under welfare.

Some thought that group child 24 Politics of Child Care Legislation, 1971 care facilities would harm children’s relationships with their mothers and create an undesirable decline in parental contact with children12—another theme that would resonate through the debates for years. Implementation of Lanham Act funding for child care presented challenges, largely because responsibility for administering Lanham Act funding for child care rested with more than one federal agency, often working together with state welfare and education agencies.

Championing Child Care uses Baumgartner and Jones’s framework in identifying key junctures at which major child care bills were introduced and debated (1971, 1990, and 1996), describing the politics surrounding each of these events, and then identifying the new political structures and the negotiations among individuals associated with them that evolved in the intervening years. ” Championing Child Care shows how issue definition was fundamental to the politics of child care legislation. Issue definition is essential for engaging new constituencies and framing the terms of the debate.

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