Thursday, April 20, 2006

Childcare Mythbusters

Excellent Toronto Star article expertly eviscerates the most common child care myths.

Some highlights:

1 Non-parental child care is bad for kids.

More than 30 years of research in many countries, including Canada, have determined that good quality child-care programs have positive short-term and long-term effects on child development, school readiness and school success. These positive effects are even more pronounced with children who are vulnerable or have special needs.


Richard_Cranium said...

I think the operative phrase here is "good quality child care". Unfortunately most studies done in this country give childcare quality at best a mediocre grade. Most are just holding tanks where there is a high ratio of kids to care givers, and kids tend to just become part of a pack, with little or no individual attention. Ever more unfortunate, is that to get the quality of childcare that would allow for adequate individual support would not be any more affordable than a teacher pupil ratio of 1:5.

Cliff said...

Thank you for the excellent argument against private daycare and for well regulated public daycare.

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