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Daycare in the U.S. from the 1970's to the Present

Attempted legislation in the 70's: 1971, Congress had enacted a much more radical day care measure, a "child development" bill that would have mandated attendance at federally-run centers for almost every pre-school child in the United States
(The Comprehensive Child Development Act [CCDA]) was vetoed by (the President), who rightly noted in his veto message that the measure would have the effect of pledging "the vast moral authority of the federal government to the side of communal approaches to childrearing as against a family centered approach."

-- From There's No Place Like Work, by Brian Robertson, 2000, page 134-135.
This dashed the desires of radical feminists who hoped "...that child care would help dissolve the nuclear family by redistributing responsibility for children."
-- From Children's Interest/Mothers' Rights  by S. Michel, P.251

Successful Legislation in the 70's
...In 1975 Title XX of the Social Security Act was inaugurated, funds from which now subsidize day care in 45 states.
-- "Emptying the Nest:  The Clinton Child Care Agenda", by  Charmaine Crouse Yoest, Family Research Council,  1998,  page 12

(In 1976) Congress altered and expanded the tax preferences* given to commercial child care, creating what one Senator correctly called "A $800 subsidy" per household for non-parental childrearing.
*The Dependent Care Tax Credit of 1956
-- "The Trojan Horse of Child Care" by Allan Carlson, The Howard Center's The Family in America, Jan. 29, 1998

Attempted legislation in the 80's:
In 1988, the Dodd-Kildee ABC Bill (Act for Better Child Care) was introduced in Congress.  Its objectives (were):

  1. To make institutional secular government-regulated daycare the norm...
  2. To set up a federal baby-sitting bureaucracy...
  3. To (require) the use of government-trained staff...(and) government-prescribed curriculum.
    -- From Who Will Rock the Cradle by Phyllis Schlafly, page 252

It died after President Ronald Reagan objected to its stipulation that "...requires grandmothers (taking care of their own grandchildren) to be licensed or registered (to receive benefits).
-- From Who Will Rock the Cradle by Phyllis Schlafly, page 248

Successful Legislation in the 80's
In 1984, Congress raised the maximum Child and Dependent Care Expenses Tax Credit (CDCTC) child-care credit* figure to $1,440.
*Originally the Dependent Care Tax Credit of 1956, currently known as the Child and Dependent Care Expenses Tax Credit.
-- "The Trojan Horse of Child Care" by Allan Carlson, The Howard Center's Family in America, Jan. 29, 1998

Under the Dependent Care Assistance Plan (DCAP) provisions of the 1981 Economic Recovery Act, individuals were permitted to (reduce their income taxes by excluding) the value of employer-provided child care services from their gross income (with a Flexible Spending Account or FSA).
-- Children's Interest/Mothers' Rights  by S. Michel, P.256

Attitudes concerning Tax Policy and Daycare
(More recently), the idea of compelling welfare mothers to work has gained popularity partly because many voters feel that staying home with their children has become a luxury they themselves cannot afford.   Some employed mothers resent having their taxes go to support other women in full-time mothering.
-- Elizabeth Rose, Op. Cit., p 216

Last updated:  01/29/2005

History of Daycare- Background | History of Daycare - Overview | Overview - cont. | Precursors to modern Daycare | Precursors - pg 2
Daycare in the former Soviet Union  | Soviet Union - pg 2 | Daycare in the early Zionist kibbutzim | Daycare during the Great Depression |
Daycare during WWII | Daycare during WWII - cont. Daycare after WWII to the 1960's  | Daycare after WWII - cont. | Daycare today  

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