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ERIC Number: EJ847182
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jan
Pages: 4
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ISSN: ISSN-0736-8038
The Human Rights of Infants and Toddlers: A Comparison of Child-Care Philosophies in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States
Lally, J. Ronald
Zero to Three (J), v25 n3 p43-46 Jan 2005
This essay describes and analyzes economic rationalism, instrumental, and enrichment approaches to early care and education policy in the United States and abroad. The author proposes that differences in infant-toddler care and other services among nations can stem from differences in the way that societies define the basic rights of their youngest citizens. The author argues that the more a society leans toward social and educational enrichment as its conceptual base, the better it serves its children. The author argues that the U.S. embrace of economic rationalism as a justification for policy decisions regarding the care of infants and toddlers is a key reason it now lags far behind other industrialized nations in services to infants, toddlers, and their families. He recommends that the U.S. study the models of care that exist in other countries to avoid practices that put infants and toddlers at developmental risk.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia; New Zealand; United States