Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
— George Santayana
History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.
— Maya Angelou
Envisioning how to transform the ECE system requires considering the ways in which the field’s history has shaped how the current system is organized.
The Center for the Study of Child Care Employment has acquired a vast collection of historical early care and education documents spanning the 20th century. Over the next year, we will be culling our archives and converting a range of records into online resources to share the field’s rich history with readers. It is our hope that sharing these records, along with our ECE Policy Quiz, will stimulate your desire to engage in more intentional learning about the ECE system and the advocacy and organizing efforts over the last century.
If you have records that have been converted to an electronic format and would like them to be considered for our site, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check back periodically for new additions to this page.
Who Cares for the Children?
A slide show produced in 1980 by Parents and Workers United for Child Care, a group comprised of local child care teachers and parents in the San Francisco Bay Area advocating for more services to meet the unmet demand for child care among working parents and better wages for child care teachers. It provides a brief history of the struggle for adequate child care services in the United States beginning in the early 20th century. Many of the problems identified in 1980 remain unaddressed today, underscoring the ongoing need for change agents willing to challenge the status quo and transform the current system to one that better meets the needs of all children, families and practitioners. Explore how practitioners and parents were discussing these issues with the community.