ERIC Number: ED314327
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Aug-31
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The Politics of Federal Day Care: The Nexus of Family, Church, and the Postive State; or Why Is It So Difficult To Get Legislation Passed and Why Will It Look the Way It Does When Congress Gets Through.
Hertzke, Allen D.; Scribner, Mary K.
Federal support for day care was first proposed in 1971; it remains an issue in 1989. Added to the battles between those who see day care as an educational program and those who view it as a logical extension of state economic assistance to low income families, and between those who favored tax credits and those who advocated direct appropriations, has been the church versus state issue. What happens when up to 40 percent of the potential vendors of a service to be subsidized by the federal government are churches or organizations housed in church buildings and when the establishment clause of the First Amendment is currently interpreted as prohibiting public support for religious institutions? The debate sparked by this question, in turn, touched upon deeper questions about how government should intervene in family matters and childhood development. One approach is to assist clients directly rather than through the day care centers. Refundable tax credits or a voucher option would allow parents to choose the facility they desire. Additionally, day care has implications for public education. The growing critique of education appears to have undermined faith in traditional governmental approaches while enhancing the salience of parental choice arguments. This document traces the development of these issues by weaving together historical material and published accounts with interviews conducted in Washington during the summer of 1989. An 11-item bibliography is included. (JB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
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