I would like to express my appreciation to the Foundation for Child Development for its support of this research. At a personal level, I am deeply grateful to Barbara Blum, President of the foundation, and to Susan Blank, Project Officer, for their unwavering enthusiasm for the project. I would also like to express enormous gratitude to Mary Skinner, Project Director, and Ruth Baker, Research Assistant, for their talent, commitment, and wisdom at every stage of the research design and execution. As Project Director, Mary Skinner collaborated on the research design, supervised the site selection and site visit process, conducted three site visits, and participated in two others. Her creativity, careful judgment, and original insights have deeply influenced the study report. Ruth Baker assisted impeccably in the research design and the site selection, provided invaluable help in organizing information and logistics for the site visits, participated in two of the visits, and wrote thoughtful initial drafts of two of the case studies. In addition, I want to thank William Clark, who provided valuable assistance in site visit preparation and information collection as an undergraduate assistant to the project.
The members of the Project Advisory Board deserve special thanks for their willingness to read drafts and answer questions. The members are: Dr. J. Lawrence Aber, Columbia University; Dr. Jerome Kagan, Harvard University, Dr. Sharon Lynn Kagan, Yale University; Allen Kraus, former Deputy Commissioner for Income Maintenance of the New York City Human Resources Administration; Gwen Morgan, Work/Family Directions; Dr. Julius Richmond, Harvard University; Lucy Williams, Northeastern University.
For extraordinarily thoughtful and helpful comments on the many drafts of this study, I would like to thank Mary Jo Bane, Susan Blank, Mark