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Who cares for the children?: Denmark's unique public child-care model

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Phi Delta Kappan, volume 78, number 7
Polakow, Valerie
Publication Date: 
1 Apr 1997

Polakow examines Denmark's national child care system and in turn, encourages readers to consider an alternative vision for child care. She discusses a system in which government and parents share responsibility for child care and public funding for the care of young children receives widespread support among citizens of all socioeconomic classes. In Denmark it is laid down by law that day-care facilities must be available to all children, and the government has assumed the cost of subsidizing a high-quality, comprehensive child-care system for infants and children from 6 months to 7 years of age, as well as an extensive after-school child-care system for school-age children.