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Demanding Child CareWomen's Activism and the Politics of Welfare, 1940-1971$
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Natalie M. Fousekis

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780252036255

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252036255.001.0001

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Postwar Hopes

Postwar Hopes

The Fight for Permanent Child Care, 1945–47

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(p.39) 2 Postwar Hopes
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Demanding Child Care
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Natalie M. Fousekis

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252036255.003.0003

This chapter examines the protests that erupted in California when the federal government threatened to close the Lanham Act centers and the broad-based coalition that pushed for a permanent program in California. That year, 1946, marked a moment of possibility for advocates of state-supported child care for working mothers. Many in the progressive coalition insisted that wartime child care should be the basis for a universal nursery school program on the state level. While these citizens saw child care as social service the government should provide, political leaders had a different view. In the eyes of most politicians, the centers represented a temporary service only for the state's neediest residents.

Keywords:   Lanham Act centers, permanent child care, state-supported child care, working mothers, wartime child care, nursery school

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