Why is the United States one of the few advanced democratic market societies that do not offer child care as a universal public benefit or entitlement? This book - a comprehensive history of child care policy and practices in the United States from the colonial period to the present - shows why the current child care system evolved as it did and places its history within a broad comparative context.
Michel's scholarship is impressive, and in her meticulously researched history of American debates about day care she tries energetically to get beyond the dichotomy that simplifies and distorts those debates: the opposition between 'children's interests' and 'women's rights. . . . Michel presents a wealth of useful information.