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>60% of U.S. mothers of preschool age children are in the workforce according to 2004 data 14% in 1950 29% in 1970
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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
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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
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Cross-culturally see many day care solutions. Granny care Sibling care Paternal care Nanny care Young children and the Elderly in Daycare example
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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
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Several Factors Help Determine Impact of Daycare
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Maternal Characteristics:
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Child Characteristics impacting Daycare Responses: Temperament: Gender: Parents may be able to moderate child characteristics
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High Quality Day Care: Leads to Children who are:
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Choosing a Child-Care Provider Interview caregivers Visit the center Check references Choose quality care Stay involved
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