World War Two Public Daycare for the Children of War-Workers

Two children c.1941-1945 prepare for their afternoon naps by removing their shoes and placing them in their cubby-holes at their public nursery school.

“After a warm meal at noontime, these American children take off their shoes for their nap in their public nursery, one of forty-one servicing an industrial area of thirty miles on the western U.S. coast. Their parents are working in a shipyard and their nursery school was established through funds appropriated by the U.S. Congress for the benefit of war workers’ children. The nursery is open from six a.m. to six p.m.”

What’s cute, is that this daycare even has the same IKEA-like shelves that so many do today. Although this photo and the set it is from were not associated with a location, here’s another photo from 1943 of lunchtime at a daycare in Buffalo, NY.

Source [Library of Congress LC-DIG-ds-03563]

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4 Responses to World War Two Public Daycare for the Children of War-Workers

  1. Just shows what can be done if childcare is made a national priority – why only in war time one wonders!

    • I know, right? I’m lucky to live in a province in Canada that has subsidized daycare in order to promote gender equality. However, the system is so appreciated by the population that the wait list takes a few years to kick in!

  2. Gypsy Bev says:

    The children are absolutely adorable. I do think the shelving looks fairly similar to that used today, except then it was wood and today it is plastic.

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