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The Free-Market FamilyHow the Market Crushed the American Dream (and How It Can Be Restored)$
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Maxine Eichner

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780190055479

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190055479.001.0001

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How We Fail Our Children Part II—Young Children from Poor and Low-Income Families

How We Fail Our Children Part II—Young Children from Poor and Low-Income Families

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(p.119) 6 How We Fail Our Children Part II—Young Children from Poor and Low-Income Families
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The Free-Market Family
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Maxine Eichner

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190055479.003.0006

Free-market family policy puts most American families in a difficult position when it comes to the trade-off between earning income to support a family and making sure young children get the caretaking that suits them best, but it clearly puts poor and low-income families in the toughest positions. This chapter considers the extent to which poor and low-income US families can privately provide the conditions that help young children thrive: adequate material support, a parent at home for up to the first year, good daycare and prekindergarten after that, and time with a nurturing parent. It also compares the likelihood that young children will receive this support in the United States under free-market family policy and in countries with pro-family policy.

Keywords:   Head Start, TANF, poor families, low-income families, poor children, daycare, market, early childhood education, toxic stress, ACEs

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