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The Problem with Daycare
by Karl Zinsmeister,
The American Enterprise

May/June 1998, page 2 & 3
A telling example of how difficult it can be to accurately judge a hired caregiver involves professor Sandra Scarr.  Scarr is one of the most zealous academic defenders of day care in the country.  She argues regularly and vociferously in her writing and in media interviews that "day care can actually be good for children."  Yet when Scarr employed babysitters for her own children, her day care expertise and enthusiasm were not enough to avoid problems.  One day she returned from work to find her 18-month-old weeping.  "Kathy hit me!  Kathy hit me!," the toddler cried simply.  Scarr found large, red welts on her daughter's body -- "the sitter had beaten her badly."  She expressed great frustration when told by police that there could be no prosecution without witnesses.  Apparently without any sense of irony, Scarr complained bitterly that "no one was there to prevent the abuse or to testify about it."
Category = Danger
The Problem with Daycare
by Karl Zinsmeister,
The American Enterprise

May/June 1998, page 3
From a youngsters perspective, the typical day care arrangement is a puzzling, often chilly, slightly sad arrangement. Unfortunately, very few discussions of day care look at things from that angle.
The Problem with Daycare
by Karl Zinsmeister,
The American Enterprise

May/June 1998, page 8
...The Washington Post has quoted Jeree Pawl, director of the infant-parent program at the University of California-San Francisco, saying, 'in most day cares, it's a pecking order; it's like a bunch of wild chickens in a hen yard. The loudest, most obnoxious behavior is what gets rewarded with attention from overloaded adult caretakers and intimidated peers both, stated Pawl.
Category = Behavior, Caregiver
The Problem with Daycare
by Karl Zinsmeister,
The American Enterprise

May/June 1998, page 8
..."I'm torn.  I want them to feel safe and secure, but this is not their home. 
Parents think we can substitute for family, but we can't
". --- Elaine Lombardo, head of an Illinois day care center, quoted from the Wall Street Journal.
Category = Caregiver, Quality 
The Problem with Daycare
by Karl Zinsmeister,
The American Enterprise

May/June 1998, page 8 & 9
"...But when I have children of my own I will use everything I know to look after them myself.  I'd die rather than put a child of mine in the place where I work". -- Nursery (daycare) worker interviewed by Penelope Leach, bestselling child care author.
Category = Caregiver, Quality 
The Problem with Daycare
by Karl Zinsmeister,
The American Enterprise

May/June 1998, page 9
"By its very nature, day care produces instability and discontinuities in a baby's life.  A child in purchased care, Penelope Leach*  points out, must regularly rely on 'somebody who, even if she was there yesterday because it wasn't her day off, doesn't know what happened to that child in the 12 hours previous".
*Penelope Leach - famous British maternal and child expert
Category = Quality   

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