Childcare Markets

Can They Deliver an Equitable Service?

Edited by Eva Lloyd and Helen Penn

Childcare Markets

Edited by Eva Lloyd and Helen Penn

Distributed for Bristol University Press

264 pages | 2 figures, 6 tables | 6 x 9 | © 2012
Paper $49.95 ISBN: 9781847429346 Published July 2013 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $120.00 ISBN: 9781847429339 Published September 2012 For sale in North and South America only
The viability, quality, and sustainability of early childhood education and services is a lively issue in many countries, especially as fair access to quality programs is beset by increasing gaps in family income. Drawing on research from eight countries where child care is deployed via open markets—including the United States and Canada—the editors present comparisons of child-care services and the regulatory processes that guide them across a wide political and economic spectrum. Including contributions from economists, policy specialists, and educators, this book addresses serious questions as to what constraints need to be in place if child-care providers are to deliver equitable service.
List of tables and figures
About the contributors

Part One: Introduction
1. Childcare markets: an introduction
      Eva Lloyd
2. Childcare markets: do they work?
      Helen Penn
3. Future directions for a mature UK childcare market
      Philip Blackburn
Part Two: Explorations in childcare markets
4. Local providers and loyal parents: competition and consumer choice in the Dutch childcare market
      Janneke Plantenga
5. Tinkering with early childhood education and care: early education vouchers in Hong Kong
      Gail Yuen
6. Markets and childcare provision in New Zealand: towards a fairer alternative
      Linda Mitchell
7. Publicly available and supported early education and care for all in Norway
      Kari Jacobsen and Gerd Vollset
8. Childcare markets in the US: supply and demand, quality and cost, and public policy
      Laura Stout Sosinsky
9. Canadian ECEC labour shortages: big, costly and solvable
      Robert Fairholm and Jerome Davis
10. Raw and emerging childcare markets
      Helen Penn
Part Three: Ethics and principles
11. Need markets be the only show in town?
      Peter Moss
12. ABC Learning and Australian early childhood education and care: a retrospective ethical audit of a radical experiment
      Jennifer Sumsion
13. Childcare markets and government intervention
      Gillian Paull

Review Quotes
Edward Zigler, Yale University
“In this fascinating book, a group of distinguished scholars provide incisive analyses of market-based child care around the world. They convey child care for what it is—both a service to parents and a major determinant of children’s development and future life course. An informative must-read for both scholars and policymakers.”  
Journal of Economic Affairs

"A stimulating collection."

Journal of Children and Poverty

"This volume provides an important contribution to the study of childcare policy, which makes it an important addition to any university-level course in childcare or policy analysis."

Mike Brewer, University of Essex

“Lloyd and Penn have drawn together a multi-disciplinary, international, team of experts to study and reflect on childcare markets’ consequences for young children and their families. The book will be of great use to those studying the mixed economy childcare, and those interested in market-based approaches of other caring public services.”

Journal of European Social Policy
“The book is a comprehensive resource for those with an interest in comparative family policy and children’s services as well as a general interest in the mixed economy of welfare. It can be read cover to cover for a broad understanding of childcare markets from a policy perspective, or as stand-alone chapters for those interested in a particular country or context.” 
Young Minds (UK)
"Looks dispassionately at the factors shaping the childcare market in the UK of the future."
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