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Ships Without A Shore: America's Undernurtured Children  by Anne Pierce, ©2008,  p. 110
 

Peery laments, “Exactly how any day-care advocates can read this research, let alone cite it as proof that ‘children in good quality child care so no signs of harm’ is almost beyond comprehension.” He asks, “Why do day-care proponents use such misleading tactics?” and concludes:

…they become intellectually dishonest and distort the research findings. Why else would day-care advocates continually ignore the consistently negative effects and conditions of risk inherent in day care, while disseminating disinformation?”

Category = Politics, Quality

Ships Without A Shore: America's Undernurtured Children  by Anne Pierce, ©2008,  p. 110

Peery correctly observes that day care is all too often viewed as a solution to an adult problem. This allows the question of whether day care is optimal for children to be ignored. Although almost no one contends that day care is actually beneficial, the question becomes whether we can positively prove that day care is harmful. Peery insists that this is the wrong question. We must consider the optimal conditions for raising our children. To do otherwise is to permit an appalling lowering of standards.
Category = Politics, Quality

Ships Without A Shore: America's Undernurtured Children  by Anne Pierce, ©2008,  p. 114 (The long-term NICHD study) found that children with experience in day care centers had a higher incidence of problem behavior such as aggression bullying, and disobedience. These findings held up regardless of the child’s sex or family income and regardless of the quality of the day care center.
Category = Behavior, Quality
Ships Without A Shore: America's Undernurtured Children  by Anne Pierce, ©2008,  p. 115

The truth is that even high quality day care centers cannot provide the optimal conditions for development. A 1985 study by Ron Haskins in the journal Child Development found that those children who had spent more time in day care exhibited proportionately more negative effects regardless of the quality of care.
Category = Behavior, Development, Quality

Ships Without A Shore: America's Undernurtured Children  by Anne Pierce, ©2008,  p. 116

Day care is by its nature impermanent and unstable, un-nurturing, and unrelaxing. The NICHD study found that one-fourth of the children in a regular childcare arrangement had had that arrangement changed at least once in the twelve months preceding the study interviews.
Category = Quality

Ships Without A Shore: America's Undernurtured Children  by Anne Pierce, ©2008,  p. 116

Attempts to make paid workers as loving and committed as parents are doomed from the start. One highly touted solution to day care workers’ lack of commitment is higher pay. But this would require increasing the ratio of children to workers in order to pay for the salary increase.

…Even if higher salaries were possible, there seems to be little relation between how much money a worker receives and how much they will love and commit themselves to a particular child. The above-mentioned RAND investigation marveled at the fact that “families with more resources (high earnings, more education, more income, intact families) do not typically obtain higher quality care for their children than families with lower resources.
Category = Economics, Quality

Ships Without A Shore: America's Undernurtured Children  by Anne Pierce, ©2008,  p. 117

Thus, those childcare advocates who insist that the “child care crisis” can be solved by more government money miss the point that love and commitment cannot be bought. Urie Bronfenbrenner, from Cornell, wisely reminded us that it is impossible to pay someone enough to get them to do for children what parents will do for free. Dr. Burton White, a nationally known expert on parent education, believes the childcare industry is a “total disaster area” with “no feasible way of turning it into a model industry.” He feels there is an “unbridgeable gap” between the way children should be raised and the possibilities provide by day care centers.
Category = Economics, Quality

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