A crucial aspect of the growing
legitimacy of daycare was the conviction that daycare was educational and
thus benefited children...
...The connection between the wartime day care
centers and the public schools had
helped strengthen the connection between day care and education.
-- From A Mothers' Job: The History of Daycare,
1890-1960 by Elizabeth Rose, Oxford University Press, Inc., 1999,
Head Start...generated positive feelings about day care's potential to
improve children's lives. Created in 1965 as part of the War on
Poverty...Its goals combined those of the charitable day nursery with those
of the nursery school.
Ibid, p 213
(Despite its problems*,) Head Start's popularity helped legitimate the idea
of educationally oriented day care for all children.
-- Ibid, p 214
*...Head Start children, compared to
disadvantaged children who had no preschool at all, scored "lower on almost
all measures [upon entering school]."
-- From Day Care Deception -- What
the Child Care Establishment isn't telling us by Brian C.
Robertson, Encounter Books,
©2003, page 85
*University of Chicago's Benjamin Bloom, Head Start's "Father", ...and
others, have long considered Head Start a failure.
-- From Who Will Rock the Cradle, edited by Phyllis
Schlafly, ©1989, page 88
... National Organization for Women's... 1968 Bill of Rights called for the
establishment of child care facilities on the same basis as parks,
libraries, and public schools. Radical feminist groups also called for
full-time childcare to be provided for all children in the public schools...
-- Elizabeth Rose, Op. Cit., p 213