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|Type of Document
||Lindquist, Kirsten M.
||Child care's journey to the decision agenda :a case study
||Master of Arts
|Hult, Karen M.
|Milly, Deborah J.
|White, Stephen K.
|Date of Defense
The United States did not have a federal policy on child
care until 1990 when portions of two bills (H.R.3 and S.7)
were incorporated in the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act.
The lack of a policy was not due to neglect; child care
advocates made several attempts during the 1970s to pass
legislation. In an effort to understand why child care
succeeded in 1990, this thesis examines how child care got on
the decision agenda, the "short list" of the government
agenda. Using John Kingdon's framework (1984) I analyze the
process by which child care legislation was able to make the
successful transition from the committee forum to the floors
of Congress for a vote, and thus becoming a part of the
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