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Future of Children, v11 n1 Spr-Sum 2001

This issue of "The Future of Children" focuses on the daily care of infants and toddlers in the United States, including shifting caregiving arrangement for children younger than 3 years, developmental needs of infants and toddlers, findings of recent child care studies, public opinion regarding child care, and recent innovations seeking to improve infant/toddler care. The articles are: (1) "Caring for Infants and Toddlers: Analysis and Recommendations" (Mary Larner, Richard E. Behrman, Marie Young, and Kathleen Reich; (2) "Development in the First Years of Life" (Ross A. Thompson); (3) "Child Care and Our Youngest Children" (Deborah Phillips and Gina Adams); (4) "Caring for Our Youngest: Public Attitudes in the United States" (Kathleen Sylvester); (5) "Employer Supports for Parents with Young Children" (Dana E. Friedman); (6) "Federal and State Efforts To Improve Care for Infants and Toddlers" (Jane Knitzer); and (7) "International Policies toward Parental Leave and Child Care" (Jane Waldfogel). The last chapter of the book, "Reports from the Field," compiles six articles illustrating new efforts to strengthen infant/toddler care: (1) "Family and Medical Leave: Making Time for Family Is Everyone's Business" (Lauren J. Asher and Donna R. Lenhoff); (2) "Child Care within the Family" (Caroline Zinsser); (3) "The Military Child Care Connection" (M. A. Lucas); (4) "Early Head Start for Low-Income Families with Infants and Toddlers" (Emily Fenichel and Tammy L. Mann); (5) "Starting Points: State and Community Partnerships for Young Children" (Michael H. Levine and Susan V. Smith); and (6) "Implementation of California's Children and Families First Act of 1998" (Karen A. Bodenhorn and Deborah Reidy Kelch). (All articles contain references. The book concludes with a 26-item bibliography.) (KB)

Descriptors: Child Development, Childhood Needs, Day Care, Day Care Effects, Employer Supported Day Care, Federal Programs, Foreign Countries, Infant Care, Infants, Partnerships in Education, Preschool Education, Program Descriptions, Public Policy, Social Attitudes, State Programs, Toddlers

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Author: Behrman, Richard E., Ed.


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