This issue of SEEDS, developed in cooperation with the Consultative Group on Early Childhood Care and Development, with support from UNICEF, seeks to bring together the critical elements of women's work and child care, reviewing the issues from three different perspectives: child care as a means of enabling women to work, as a source of employment for women, and as a way of meeting the developmental needs of young children. The report examines three different UNICEF-supported approaches to child care on three different continents—Asia (Nepal), Africa (Ethiopia), and South America (Ecuador)—that have been developed with the needs of working women in mind and, in two instances, alongside program components that support women's economic activities. These examples not only offer positive solutions for women who work, but also provide opportunities for many women to receive training and to develop management and leadership skills as well as gain employment as child-care providers.
Arnold, Caroline, Jorge Mejia, Aster Haregot, Ann Leonard, and Cassie Landers. 1991. "Child care: Meeting the needs of working mothers and their children," SEEDS no. 13. New York: Population Council.