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By Kenzaburō Ōe

Kenzaburo Oe, the winner of the 1994 Nobel Prize for Literature, is the world over acclaimed as essentially the most vital and influential post-World battle II writers, recognized for his strong money owed of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and his personal fight to come back to phrases with a mentally handicapped son. The Swedish Academy lauded Oe for his "poetic strength [that] creates an imagined global the place existence and delusion condense to shape a disconcerting photograph of the human crisis today."

His preferred e-book, a private topic is the tale of chicken, a annoyed highbrow in a failing marriage whose Utopian dream is shattered whilst his spouse provides delivery to a brain-damaged baby.

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Kilburn noted that evidence indicates that the more expensive the care, the more likely people are to turn to unregulated care, undermining the goal of quality care for all children. Kilburn reviewed some weaknesses in current regulatory practices. Exemption issues are particularly important. Care by relatives, for example, would be exempt as well as care provided by religious institutions in some states. The adequacy of resources for enforcement and inspection is another important issue. Finally, as noted throughout the workshop, the influences of parents on children are paramount, and regulations cannot impinge on parenting practices.

At the time of the workshop, next steps called for refining the draft measures and pilot testing them. As the maternal health experience showed, pilot testing allows for critical adaptation of measurement tools to estab- 28 GETTING TO POSITIVE OUTCOMES FOR CHILDREN IN CHILD CARE lished systems for collecting information from grantees, and for carrying out the legally required monitoring. Lambert noted that FYSB continued to wrestle with major issues raised throughout the workshops. One is determining how to balance desirable outcomes for young people with what programs actually offer so they can fairly be held accountable for specific outcomes.

SCHOOL-AGED CHILDREN Currently, very few early childhood centers take a long-term view of children once they finish the early childhood program and begin school, although a number of early childhood centers also run school-age child 18 GETTING TO POSITIVE OUTCOMES FOR CHILDREN IN CHILD CARE care programs. Michelle Seligson, of the Center for Research on Women at Wellesley College, noted that in the last three decades, the increase in the number of working mothers has raised interest in and demand for afterschool programs.

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