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Introduction

Elizabeth Rose

in A Mother's Job

Published in print March 1999 | ISBN: 9780195111125
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854295 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195111125.003.0001
Introduction

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This chapter discusses the importance of looking at the history of day care in order to understand the reasons behind American's contradictory views regarding day care and motherhood. This chapter outlines the purpose of the book: to give a full account of the changing meaning and practice of day care over a long period of time. Day care centers in the state of Philadelphia are the focal point of the book. Detailed descriptions of how day care programs worked and how families used them during the time under discussion are provided, encouraging the understanding of how day care fits into the context of daily life in a particular place.

Keywords: Philadelphia; day care; motherhood; day care programs; families

Chapter.  4178 words. 

Subjects: Local and Family History

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