WORKFARE MEANS DAY CARE

WISCONSIN, A WELFARE PIONEER, STRUGGLES WITH THE ISSUE OF QUALITY CARE IN THE CRUCIAL EARLY YEARS

By 6:30 each morning, Alberta Early has arrived at the Carter Development Center on Milwaukee's near North Side. Along with Shirlene Devougas, Early cares for eight infants in one of the center's day-care programs, and three of their charges show up before 7, so Early has to be ready for them. By 8:30 all the babies are present, and Early and Devougas give them breakfast. "Everybody wants to be fed at the same time," says Early with a laugh. The room is clean and bright, painted in a pleasant combination of green and white. Some infants crawl around a blue carpet,...

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