Who Will Mind the Baby? Geographies of Child-Care and Working Mothers (1996) Routledge: London and New York
Who Will Mind the Baby? offers geographic explorations of child care at a variety of geographic scales within the context of US and Canadian case studies. The book is organized around two themes: the government’s role in child care provision, and the child care arrangements and everyday geographies of working mothers
Child care provision is geographically uneven in North America, reflecting the haphazard manner in which child care provision has evolved. Neither the US nor Canada has a national child care policy -- in stark contrast to most European countries, where child care is a national concern. The book explores the sociospatial implications of public policies in the US and Canada relating to the provision, funding, and regulation of child care, employing case studies pitched at a variety of scales: national, regional, rural, metropolitan, and local levels.
The book also discusses how mothers daily
routines link the varied geographies of child care, home and paid work.
Geographies that invariably do not overlap as child care facilities are often
located away from the home and workplace. Exploring everyday geographies of
working mothers, the authors look at journeys to child care, reasons for
selecting particular child care arrangements, and the coping strategies of
working mothers. Finally, the book places child care in international
perspective and considers future research on child are provision.
PART I: INTRODUCTION
1. Who Will Mind The Baby?
PART II: THE PROVISION OF CHILD CARE AT THE STATE AND PROVINCIAL LEVEL
2. Minding The Baby In The United States
David E. Bloom and Todd P. Steen
3. Minding The Baby In Canada
PART III: THE PROVISION OF CHILD CARE AT THE STATE AND PROVINCIAL LEVEL
4. Making The Transition To School: Which
communities provide full-day public kindergarten?
Ellen K. Cromely
5. Child Care Services In Ontario: Service
availability in decentralized provision system
PART IV: THE LOCAL LEVEL: JOURNEY TO CHILD CARE AND COPING STRATEGIES
6. The Journey To Child Care In A Rural
Holly J. Myers-Jones and Susan R. Brooker-Gross
7. The Locational Context Of Child Care
Centers In Metropolitian Toronto
8. Mothers, Wives, Workers: The everyday
lives of working mothers
9. Mother Or Worker?
Women’s support networks, local knowledge and informal child care strategies
PART V: CHILD CARE IN INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVE
10. The State And Child Care: An
international review from a geographic perspective
PART VI: CONCLUSION