Child Care and National Politics
Increase in Working Mothers and Day-Care Needs
Day care for children, a social issue already thrust into the political arena, is destined to become increasingly important in the years ahead. Enthusiasts see it as a way of reducing welfare costs, giving many young children opportunities they would not have otherwise for mental, physical and emotional development, and allowing women from all income levels to seek work outside the home. Opponents argue that day care promotes a communal rather than a family approach to child rearing, that it can be psychologically harmful, especially to very young children, that it encourages more women to enter an already crowded labor force, and finally that the cost of providing quality day-care services to all who ...