|About the Book|
In this ground-breaking book, Ellen Ruppel Shell takes us deep inside a world that few adults ever penetrate, but where millions of young children spend the bulk of their waking hours. A Childs Place: A Year in the Life of a Day Care Center is anMoreIn this ground-breaking book, Ellen Ruppel Shell takes us deep inside a world that few adults ever penetrate, but where millions of young children spend the bulk of their waking hours. A Childs Place: A Year in the Life of a Day Care Center is an in-depth look at day care as it really is: a confusing, wonderful, terrifying, messy social experiment. This is an honest, sometimes shocking, consistently fascinating portrayal of day care from the inside, one that both touches the heart and captures the real-life concerns of working parents everywhere. A Childs Place finds its base at Cambridgeport Childrens Center, a multicultural day care center housed in a converted eighteen-car garage in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The story focuses on the lives of Molly, a teacher with a grown son of her own, and three other families: a newly divorced mother and her son- a professional couple and their daughters- and a Haitian couple and their American-born sons. What these seemingly unlike parents share with each other and with all working parents is an overwhelming drive to do the best for their children despite daunting obstacles. While their stories are very personal, their struggles are universal, and every parent will see at least a partial reflection of his or her own conflicts mirrored in these lives. A Childs Place is a moving, inspiring narrative that adds a unique viewpoint to the ongoing public debate over one of the most critical social issues of our time.