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ERIC Number: ED341469
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Aug
Pages: 6
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Day Care: Old Think and New Think.
Morgan, Gwen G.
In this paper, old and new ways of thinking about day care are described as "oldthink" and "newthink." Major points of oldthink are that: (1) day care is a social service; (2) day care users are recipients, or at best, clients; (3) day care must be limited to low-income families; (4) licensing should protect children in day care on the legal rationale of "parens patriae"; (5) family problems are a major focus of families using day care; (6) day care is a "necessary evil" when families have problems, the ideal would be care by full-time, nonworking parents; and (7) families that are not eligible for public funds or served by employer day care must purchase their own day care (or stay home). Major points of day care newthink are: (1) day care is needed by every social class; (2) day care users are consumers; (3) day care generates tax dollars through employment; (4) the day care system emphasizes fighting for the rights of the poor; (5) licensure is a consumer protection program; and (6) families choose day care because of benefits to children, regardless of the manner in which parents are employed. Day care newthink is evident in the principles of the Day Care Council of America, the platform of the National Campaign for Child Day Care for Working Parents, and statements by feminist leaders. (BC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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