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What Children Need

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ISBN 9780674046405

Publication Date: 03/15/2010


288 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

12 tables

The Family and Public Policy


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[Waldfogel’s] analysis is written from an American perspective, and most of her statistics refer to the United States, but the issues and her discussion of them transcend national boundaries.—Gerald Haigh, The Times Educational Supplement

In What Children Need, Jane Waldfogel guides us through more closely defined approaches to questions about the effects of parental care and attention and takes a pragmatic view of the way children adapt to variations in their environment.—Terri Apter, The Times Literary Supplement

What would a children’s services system based on evidence and respect for choice look like? This lucid, well-organized and carefully researched book cuts to the heart of such debates. It should be read widely and, if taken seriously, will encourage far-reaching and positive changes in practice and research in the field.—Nick Axford, British Journal of Social Work

[Waldfogel] gives readers a solid sense of the gaps between what children need and what they are getting, as well as a blueprint for what public policy can and should do to provide for those needs.—Christine Carter McLaughlin, Greater Good

What Children Need is an impressive, thought-provoking synthesis of information and ideas for designing social policy to support the healthy development of children living in an industrialized world.—Lisa Gennetian, Industrial and Labor Relations Review

Waldfogel’s book is undoubtedly the best informed, wisest, and most convincing description of the benefits and risks of childcare arrangements in the United States. It is tightly organized, lucidly written, and utterly engaging.—Frank Furstenberg, Zellerbach Family Professor of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania

What Children Need argues that there are three principles that policy makers should use to ensure that children’s needs are met: respecting parental choice, promoting quality, and supporting parental employment. Waldfogel believes that there are tensions among these values and it is by identifying and grappling with the tensions that we will find real possibilities for creative solutions.—Ellen Galinsky, President and Co-Founder, Families and Work Institute

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