Bringing together professionals from sociology, economics, psychology, and family studies, this volume presents papers from
a symposium on child care that sought answers to each of the four questions listed in the table of contents. A lead speaker
provided an answer, and discussants had a chance to critique the main presentation and set forth their own views. Each session
also included a policy person to deal with issues from an applied perspective. The lead papers, review papers, and rejoinders
constitute the contents of this volume. Interdisciplinary in scope, it deals with the central issue in a systematic way and
attempts to present divergent points of view on each question. As such, it provides the reader with current information and
a review of issues intended to provoke new ways of thinking about child care.