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Forgotten FamiliesEnding the Growing Crisis Confronting Children and Working Parents in the Global Economy$
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Jody Heymann

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195335248

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195335248.001.0001

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Who Cares for Preschool Children?

Who Cares for Preschool Children?

(p.13) 2 Who Cares for Preschool Children?
Forgotten Families

Jody Heymann

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the experiences of families raising children from birth through preschool in Latin America, Asia, Europe, and North America. Specifically, it examines the family of Ramon Canez in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. He was tender with his siblings and as attentive as one could expect a ten-year-old to be, but, like any other ten-year-old, he was unable to provide adequate care for five children aged five years and younger. Although Ramon's parents left the children alone at home, it was clear that they were caring for their children as well as they could with the scarce resources available. This chapter also reports the findings from the in-depth studies of more than 1,000 parents, childcare providers, and employers worldwide, as well as findings from the analysis of survey data from 55,000 households in seven countries and five regions. The consequences of poor-quality informal care for young children, and the impact of unreliable care on parents' jobs are shown.

Keywords:   preschool children, family, parents, Latin America, Asia, Europe, North America

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