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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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“We Do Not Consider Ourselves Welfare Cases”

“We Do Not Consider Ourselves Welfare Cases”

Education‑based Child Care and Low-income Working Families, 1958–65

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Demanding Child Care

Natalie M. Fousekis

University of Illinois Press

This chapter explores what happened to child care coalition when the federal government provided new child care funds. Child care did not have the same meaning for federal officials and for the early childhood educators and mothers. The federal government's goal was to provide compensatory education to poor children through programs such as Head Start and to reduce welfare rolls with the Public Welfare amendments to the Social Security Act. Unfortunately, these programs symbolically and practically linked child care to “welfare mothers” and their children. Advocates, who by this time has confidence in their influence, effectiveness, and place in the democratic process, encountered a federal government that considered child care an appropriate service only for the poorest Americans.

Keywords:   child care coalition, federal government, child care funds, compensatory education, poor children, Head Start, Social Security Act, welfare mothers

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