ERIC Number: EJ954823
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
"Who Cares for the Children?" Lessons from a Global Perspective of Child Care Policy
Lokteff, Maegan; Piercy, Kathleen W.
Journal of Child and Family Studies, v21 n1 p120-130 Feb 2012
We present the argument that the meaning of child care and the policies that address it are explicitly linked with national ideologies, work force participation, economic success, and child outcomes. The relationship between family and child care policies is cyclical in nature, with a nation's ideology and vision of family often driving child care policies, while child care policies in turn drive and support a nation's ideology. We examine the interrelatedness of child care policy and national ideologies of family in selected industrialized countries. Specifically, this paper first defines child care policy and discusses the national ideological frameworks that provide the impetus for child care policy formation and implementation. Second, the paper explores current child care policies and their connection to the historical and political context of several countries within, including France, Germany, Japan, South Korea, Belgium, the Nordic countries, and the United States. Lastly, recommendations are offered for the future of child care policy development with specific recommendations for child care policy development in the United States.
Descriptors: Policy Formation, Global Approach, Ideology, Foreign Countries, Labor Force, Child Care, Models, Early Childhood Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Belgium; France; Germany; Japan; South Korea; United States