353postDaycareF09 - Day Care • >60% of U.S. mothers of...

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Unformatted text preview: Day Care • >60% of U.S. mothers of preschool age children are in the workforce according to 2004 data • 14% in 1950 • 29% in 1970 • Gallup poll finds majority of Americans (62%) believe care in a child’s own home is best for infants. • For toddlers, nearly 50% still think home is best, but 1/3 prefer care centers • Most infants with working mothers spend the day with relatives. Chira (1994) found inconsistent quality in these homes • Continuity of care is a critical variable in the ability of young children to develop and form stable attachments and social competence. • About 50% of mothers who pay for child care change their arrangements each year • Cross-culturally see many day care solutions. – Granny care – Sibling care – Paternal care – Nanny care – Young children and the Elderly in Daycare example • Huge body of literature on the impact of day care on children • Characterized by different interpretations of data, shift in findings (e.g. Belsky) and underlying social, cultural and political implications • Several Factors Help Determine Impact of Daycare • Maternal Characteristics: • Child Characteristics impacting Daycare Responses: – Temperament: – Gender: Parents may be able to moderate child characteristics • High Quality Day Care: • Leads to Children who are: • Choosing a Child-Care Provider – Interview caregivers – Visit the center – Check references – Choose quality care – Stay involved •...
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This note was uploaded on 12/26/2009 for the course PSYCH 353 taught by Professor Gaer during the Fall '08 term at University of Michigan.

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353postDaycareF09 - Day Care • >60% of U.S. mothers of...

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