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Ain't No Trust"How Bosses, Boyfriends, and Bureaucrats Fail Low-Income Mothers and Why It Matters"$
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Judith Levine

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780520274716

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520274716.001.0001

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“I Don’t Trust People to Watch My Kids”

“I Don’t Trust People to Watch My Kids”

Mothers ’ Distrust in Child Care Providers

(p.123) Four “I Don’t Trust People to Watch My Kids”
Ain't No Trust

Judith A. Levine

University of California Press

This chapter investigates the arena of child care. The post-reform group described the same inability to trust the quality of child care providers available as the women interviewed before reform. After all, children are highly vulnerable and have few resources with which to defend themselves. To manage the risk of danger to their children, mothers have two options: they can either stay home with their children themselves or find child care providers they trust. Women after reform sometimes felt forced by work mandates to use care providers they did not trust, but they tended to stop these arrangements eventually. Thus, women in both time periods interrupted their labor market participation because of their distrust in their children's care providers.

Keywords:   quality child care, child care providers, labor market participation, work mandates

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