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Leach offers an urgent and powerful argument for the creation of economic and social supports for children in our society, and presents specific steps by which we as individuals and as a society can fashion a new economic priority for our children. Children First is above all a call to action. It boldly spells out:
what specific policies our society must adopt in order to discriminate in favor of children and the adults who care for them
how measures like paid parental leave and universal preschool education will actually end up saving money
why "family friendly" workplaces and communities turn out to be good for employers and ordinary taxpayers
The resulting volume is likely to revolutionize the status of children and parents both--reminding us that the former are our heirs and that the latter do their job best when it is a practical, pleasurable choice.
"A sweeping and impassioned critique...We should be paying attention: She may be speaking the words our children cannot say."--Philadelphia Inquirer