Child Care Today Essay by brooksl

Child Care Today
This paper researches the different types of child care today. It also goes into the needs for child care in our changing society.
# 59976 | 2,187 words | 6 sources | APA | 2005 | US

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Fifty years ago it was common to find the American family consisting of a mother, father, and two children. The father went to work, while the mother performed her motherly duties throughout the day. This paper explains how, over the last few decades, however, the work of the woman has shifted dramatically. Women are entering the work force at a higher rate, and with this, their motherly duties are shifting. It shows how some women are now perform these duties after their shift at work outside the home, and while they are at work, their children are placed in child care. Only after understanding the history of child care, the types of child care, and the government involvement in child care is it possible to know how the changing of family dynamics has resulted in the need for child care.

From the Paper:

"Once women began to enter the workforce, more and more mothers decided to join with other women and go to work. This caused these mothers to take on twice the responsibility as other people because they now had two full time jobs. "Working mothers still do twice as much housework as their husbands, and more than half of all women questioned expressed at least some dissatisfaction with the amount of help their husbands provide around the house" (Morin and Rosenfeld 1998 A1). This responsibility of raising children while working is not limited to women though, increasingly men are becoming the caretaker of children and they face the same struggles. The continuation of women in the workplace, while extremely stressful, is a result of the feeling of satisfaction that comes with a job. According to Clarke-Stewart (1993), "They get more satisfaction from outside work than nonworking women do from housework. They feel better about themselves as individuals and as competent achievers. They feel healthier, more independent, and in control of their lives" (2). However, with this sense of independence comes a feeling of overwhelming responsibility."

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Child Care Today (2005, July 11) Retrieved October 01, 2023, from

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"Child Care Today" 11 July 2005. Web. 01 October. 2023. <>