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Minding the Children: Child Care in America from Colonial Times to the Present Paperback – January 18, 2005


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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press (January 18, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738209724
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738209722
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 6 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,422,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Youcha (Women and Alcohol), a mother of three, argues that the concept of full-time motherhood is a "myth" because other women, as well as male relatives and servants, have always helped care for offspring, full- or part-time, singly or in groups. She cites the dame schools for two-year-olds in colonial times, as well as the children's projects during WWII, "when almost forgotten federally supported centers provided everything from health care to before-and-after-school care to the children of women working in war industries." Youcha traces the effects of plantation life and the industrial revolution on the status of women and children, and the impact of more recent factors like feminism and single motherhood, the rise in the divorce rate and drug use. She rates Head Start as among the most promising current government-funded programs. Noting that each era has to find its own way of caring for its children, Youcha provides perspective for today's debates. Photos not seen by PW.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

Youcha (Drugs, Alcohol and Your Children, LJ 3/15/89) presents a fascinating historical account of the different child care arrangements experienced in America, illuminated with riveting passages from diaries, letters, and other primary sources recounting the nurturing care children received under these systems, as well as accounts of abuse and neglect. The book does not claim to be comprehensive in scope but focuses on specific time periods and social groups. For example, the Utopian communities of the 19th century are studied in detail, while the history of family day care arrangements remains unexplored. The current cry to resurrect the orphanage substantiates Youcha's belief that child care today is a look back at the past; it has all been tried before, and various systems have been rejected, replaced, or renamed to fit the ethos of a particular time. Recommended.?Ann Babits Grice, East Brunswick P.L., N.J.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Phyllis Porter on May 9, 2013
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Fascinating book! It makes one glad to be raising children today even though there is a long way to go.
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