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 Quotes from books about daycare - 1970, p4


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Every Child's Birthright
by Selma Fraiberg , 1977


But (is a typical daycare provider) an uncaring woman? Is she cruel? Not at all, it appears. If these children seem dispirited and joyless it is not because their caretaker is malevolent or grossly neglectful.
...She is not personally attached to any of these children. She is the custodian of a baby bank, dispensing necessary services such as diapering, a meal and a snack, kleenex for the tears, rescue from assault by peers, safe storage for the ten hours when mother is at work.
Category = Quality

Every Child's Birthright
by Selma Fraiberg , p5

Who is to blame for this dreary nursery, with its joyless babies? Is it the (day-care provider), who governs this baby bank with a mixture of rough justice and tenderness? I think not. For who could do a better job of playing mother to (several) babies for eight to ten hours per day? It is conceivable that even an All Star day-care team composed of Dr. Spock (the famous child-rearing expert) and the American Mother of the Year could not provide substitute mother for ten babies under these circumstances.
Category = Quality

Every Child's Birthright
by Selma Fraiberg , 103

"Who Takes Care of the Caretaker's Children?"
(The typical day care worker) lives in the Looking Glass World* of Day Care in which hundreds of thousands of mothers on welfare take care of the children of hundreds of thousands of working mothers and other mothers on welfare, while hundreds of thousands of women take care of the children of the mothers who are taking care of the children of mothers on welfare and other mothers.
[If this sentence causes dizziness, I recommend that it be read slowly as you turn...]
*This refers to the backwards mirror-image world of Through the Looking Glass (1872), by Lewis Carroll (aka Charles Ludwidge Dodgson)
Category = Economics

Every Child's Birthright
by Selma Fraiberg , 111

"I am worried about millions of children who are being served by Child Care Industries Incorporated. I worry about babies and small children who are delivered like packages to neighbors, to strangers, to storage houses (daycares) like Merry Mites. In the years when a baby and his parents make their first enduring human partnerships, when love, trust, joy, and self-valuation emerge through the nurturing love of human partners, millions of small children in our land may be learning values for survival in our baby banks. They may learn the rude justice of the communal playpen. They may learn that the world outside of home is an indifferent world, or even a hostile world. Or they may learn that all adults are interchangeable, that love is capricious, that human attachment is a perilous investment, and that love should be hoarded for the self in the service of survival."
Category = Behavior


Quotes from books about daycare - 1970, p4


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