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The Problem with Daycare by Karl Zinsmeister, The American Enterprise
May/June 1998, page 1
...there are no dream caretakers.  There is very little that even comes close.  In real life, purchased care is rarely more than a stopgap.  That's not my verdict.  It's the verdict of parents themselves.
Category = Quality
The Problem with Daycare
by Karl Zinsmeister,
The American Enterprise

May/June 1998, page 1 & 2
These (two testimonies below) are not isolated anecdotes.  Anyone investigating the world of full-time day care quickly amasses files of such testimony:
  1. Take Joanie Colquitt, mother and holder of a master's degree in social psychology.  In a long letter she wrote me a few years ago, Ms. Colquitt details a quite typical set of experiences:
    I can remember when I considered sending my own first child to day care.  I had spent so long on my education and we did truly need the money.  So I visited what was, at that time, the number-one day care chain in the country.  What I saw there broke my heart.  Babies were lined up, six in a row, crying, waiting for their meals.  Toddlers were still in their cribs, some with tear-stained cheeks simply sitting there with no toys, no companionship, with looks of having given up any hope for personal attention a long time ago...
    ...I have visited other day care centers that were cleaner, and had academic programs and activities galore.  However, the atmosphere, to me, was still negative.  The children were not loved the way they needed to be and you could tell.  They looked tired and kind of washed out.
     
  2. Author Linda Burton is another person who has described in detail what she came across while scouring her hometown (The Washington, D.C. area) for day care:
    In one instance I found the "absolutely marvelous" family day care provider, recommended by trusted friends, sleeping on her sofa while 11 children (she had informed me that she only cared for five) wandered aimlessly around in front of the blaring TV.  Another time, on an unannounced visit, I found that the "highly recommended" licensed day care provider confined seven preschoolers to her tiny dining room.  I found them huddled together, leaning over a barricade to watch a TV program showing in the adjacent room.
    Category = Quality 
The Problem with Daycare
by Karl Zinsmeister,
The American Enterprise

May/June 1998, page 2
...A few years ago the Metropolitan Toronto Social Planning Council investigated a sample of 281 day care homes.
...The large majority...provided care that was...indifferent.
...In a significant minority of cases, youngsters were simply ignored most of the time.
Category = Quality 

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