“The Long Road to Quality Day Care and Work”:Women Define Pathways

  • Desiree French
  • Bruce Fuller
  • James Mensing


Government recurrently attempts to better poor women, either by changing their behavior or by improving their local surroundings. Washington’s original aid to Civil War widows assumed that mothering came first. The settlement house movement, at the start of the twentieth century, aimed to advance women as individuals and address the miserable living conditions of many, and limited job possibilities. The Great Society’s community action movement, replete with health clinics and Head Start, also tried to improve people’s local environs, rather than their behavior. More recently, dramatic growth in tax expenditures, such as the $22 billion earned income tax credit, banks on incentives, not rules, “to make work pay” (Blank and Haskins, 2001; Katz, 1986).


Child Care Single Mother Welfare Reform Child Care Provider Child Care Subsidy 
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  • James Mensing

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