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Quotes from books about daycare - 1990-94, p10

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Facing the Effects of Mother's Absence, Home By Choice, pages:  1 | 2
The Hidden Costs of Childcare pages:  3 | 4
Crime and the Sacking of America:  The Roots of Chaos pages:  5 
Children First pages:  6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11
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Children First
What our society must do--and is not doing--for our children today
by Penelope Leach 1994

PART TWO: Children and Parents
Chapter 4: Daycare: Dreams and Nightmares, P8
9
Unfortunately, every such concession to adult needs further reduces fulfillment of the children's. The daycare center's working day, for example, has to be longer than a full office day to allow for parental commuting. Center staff's working hours can be reduced by splitting the day into two shifts, but that immediately doubles the number of people with whom infants must interact. As soon as nursery workers are also given proper lunch hours and breaks, sick leave, vacation entitlement, in-service training, educational leave and encouragement to relocate for promotion, there is such constant staff movement that babies are likely to be handled by several different people each day and are unlikely to be handled by those same people all week: some will inevitably be strangers to some of the children, filling in for the known caregivers who are already filling in for parents.
Category = Quality
Children First
What our society must do--and is not doing--for our children today
by Penelope Leach 1994, P92
Zigler's 1988 paper on the effects of daycare summarizes many studies (about) early daycare...
"From the research carried out to date, a tentative consensus emerges that...children who have experienced early group care tend towards assertiveness, aggression, and peer rather than adult orientation."
Category = Behavior
 
Children First
What our society must do--and is not doing--for our children today
by Penelope Leach 1994,  P97
Most daycare advocates gloss over babies' need to be breast-fed and to establish the primary attachments on which later development depends, but I am aware of none who deny it. Regular all-day separation in the first six months means that the baby cannot be fully breast-fed; furthermore, it means that the nursling relationship between baby and mother...is diluted.
Category = Behavior
 
Children First
What our society must do--and is not doing--for our children today
by Penelope Leach 1994, P102
...to put an infant in daycare (in Sweden*) is very unusual...
*Sweden - A Scandinavian country noted for its high quality day care.
Category = Politics
 
Children First
What our society must do--and is not doing--for our children today
by Penelope Leach 1994

PART THREE: Children and Parents
Chapter 12:  New Approaches to Practical Parenting, P245-246
The public image of daycare is an unrealistically positive one: preschool children playing and learning together in the playgroups and nursery schools that should indeed be freely available to them all. Less positive and less looked-at are the images of those same children, seven hours later: past playing, past learning and still with two hours before they are collected*. And then there are the images that are seldom seen: images of babies, a few weeks or a few months old, with nothing to gain from being with other children and much to lose in being left to the care of adults who they must share.
*Collected - picked up by their parents
Category = Politics

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