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issue with the decline of real wages since in many
families both parents are forced to work. Many women
who only make minimum wage find that their whole
paycheck goes to day care defeating the purpose for
working and leaving them with little left over to feed
and house themselves and their families. It is evident
that the United States needs a child care policy to aid
these families with their diverse needs (Garrett &
Lubeck, 1988, p.31).
The United States was the last of the developed
nations in the world, encompassing sixty-seven
countries, to provide family or child allowances in the
form of cash benefits to supplement income (Garrett et
al, 1988, p.31). Most European countries guarantee
jobs, seniority, and pension entitlement to parents who
leave work for an average of six months to one year
after childbirth or adoption. The majority also offer
cash benefits through their social security system for
wage replacement. In France, for example, parent's jobs
are protected for a minimum of two years if they choose
to take a leave of absence as compared to two to three
months in the United States if the mother is fortunate.
Additionally, mothers in France receive sixteen weeks
of paid maternity leave. All home caregivers must be
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Caird, Jennifer Lynn. The National Child Care Policy and Its Effects on the State of Texas, thesis or dissertation, Spring 1993; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc146425/m1/4/: accessed September 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Honors College.