New History of Child Care Video
The history of child care in the United States is a reflection of our nation’s changing economy, America’s times of crisis, and her citizens sense of a woman’s place. Among native American nomadic tribes and early farmers, children were cared for by the extended family. For early European groups it was the same. Farm children were expected to help with the harvest, large families were the norm. The harnessing of steam power and the chugging of machines of the new industrial age combined with waves of poor immigrants and emancipated southern slaves fueled great economic change in the nation. America’s first factory workers were children.