Reading about Daycare or Childcare
(Listed in alphabetical order)
- 7 Myths of Working
Mothers - Why Children and (Most) Careers just
In Chapter 6, "My Children Just Love Day Care", this
former middle school teacher, writer, and full-time mother describes the
inherent problems with daycare institutions.
- Le bébé et l'eau
du bain - (The Baby and the Bathwater, written in
by Montreal Pediatrician Dr.
Jean-François Chicoine and La
Presse editorialist Nathalie Collard,
Day Care Deception:
what the child care establishment isn't telling
by Brian C. Robertson,
The "deception" of the book's title refers, essentially to two things:
continuing attempts to cover up or explain away the social-science
findings that show the serious risks of over-reliance on non-parental group
care for preschool children, and
(2) The continuing attempt to portray greater public investment in
organized group care for children as something that time-strapped working
And regarding the social-science
findings, in my view, the evidence is conclusive and becomes more
conclusive every year: Day care is both a serious risk to children's
normal development and to their health. The lack of dissemination of this
evidence is really scandalous.
-- From Ms. Kathryn Jean Lopez's
interview of Brian C. Roberson on NRO online, Q&A, 10/1/03.
- The Day Care Decision -
What's Best for
You and Your Child,
by William Dreskin and Wendy
The Dreskins bring to this important topic a perspective of people who not
only have been professionally involved in early childhood education for
some time, but also have participated in the recent evolution leading to
the popularity of (daycare). They modified their nursery school to
become a provider of substitute care as well as early childhood education.
After almost two years of such experience, they found themselves so
uncomfortable that they felt they could not continue to offer that kind of
service, and furthermore, they became highly motivated to write about the
issues. Written by warm thoughtful practitioners, this book is
clearly a product of passion and deep concern.
Its primary messages are that full-time substitute care for children under
three is rarely advisable (except in cases of extreme hardship) and that
the people who choose to be full-time child rearers of their own children
deserve full support, because what they are involved in is at least as
important as anything else they might be doing.
-- Excerpted from foreward by Burton L. White,
Center for Parent Education, Newton, Massachusetts.
- Death Star to Open Day Care Center
published by the ONION, Volume 29, issue 18,
For those of you that are "Star Wars" fans, you'll
get a real kick out of this!
to view article.
Note the use of ubiquitous daycare "lingo" (buzzwords)
in this humorous article.
Doing Time: What It
Really Means to Grow Up In Daycare
by May Saubier,
May Saubier illustrates how the very foundation of daycare is flawed. For
the first time, parents step into the lives of their children as she
reveals a typical daycare existence. Each chapter documents what Saubier,
an experienced educator and daycare provider, has witnessed and the impact
felt by the children who “do time” there each week.
- Early Child Care-Infants and Nations at Risk,
by Dr. Peter S. Cook,
Dr. Peter Cook assesses and presents the reader with valuable information
regarding early child care. From looking at the biological link between
mothers and their children to the research into the outcomes of early
child care, Dr. Cook offers a reasonable critique, which is valuable to
parents, politicians and child care workers. ‘This
...book should be dropped like leaflets all over the country to get past
the ubiquitous network of the now entrenched daycare propagandists and
reach the parents of tomorrow who have never heard the whole story.’
(Dr. Elliot Barker- President of the Canadian Society for the
Prevention of Cruelty to Children).
--- Review by News Weekly
- The Forgotten
Sides of Daycare for Under 3's,
by The Canadian Society for the Prevention of
Cruelty to Children, ©2004
A pamphlet containing a collection of essays by
Elliot Barker, Peter Cook, Linda Burton, Selma Fraiberg, Penelope Leach,
and other leading writers.
- The Hidden Costs
by Patricia Morgan, ©1992
This 56-page booklet from U.K.'s Family & Youth Concern
(Family Education Trust) is a precursor to Ms. Morgan's later book,
Who Needs Parents?.
- Home-Alone America:
The Hidden Toll of Day Care,
Behavior Drugs, and Other Parent Substitutes,
by Mary Eberstadt
Eberstadt's chapter on daycare
(Chapter 1, "The Real Trouble with Day Care") is a great example of what makes this book
so interesting. While Eberstadt does bring some important new
information to bear on the day-care debate, the real originality lies in
her point of view. For example, even the most "separationist"*
feminists concede that children in day care are more likely to get sick.
The interesting thing is the difference between what the separationists
and Eberstadt do with that fact.
from A Paradigm Shift in Parenting by Stanley Kurtz, National
Review Online, 30-Nov-04
= is the word that Eberstadt uses to describe feminists who practice and
advocate lifestyles that separate children from their mothers.
- Home by Choice
Brenda Hunter, Ph.D ,
Dr. Hunter makes an impassioned plea for parents to be present and
accessible to their young children and makes practical suggestions as to
how society can make that possible. -- Karl Zinsmeister, Adjunct
Scholar, American Enterprise Institute
Chapter 3, "Mother Care or Other Care", examines the negative
effects of daycare on young children's emotional development, behavior,
and physical well-being (frequent illness).
- Motherhood -
How should we care for our children?,
by Anne Manne, ©2005
(R)espected (Australian) social commentator Anne Manne
presents a compelling new argument for an inclusive maternal feminism.
In this timely new book, she tackles the core issues, (including) how is
early institutional childcare affecting our children. (chapters 9,
10 & 13)
-- Description taken from publisher's media release
- Mothering Denied -
The sources of love, and how our culture harms
infants, women, and society
by Australian author, Dr. Peter S. Cook,
©2009. Partly a sequel and an update to his
book, Early Child Care--Infants and Nations at Risk, Dr. Cook
compares mother-care vs. daycare in Chapter 5. A noted Canadian reviewer
wrote, "This small book should be dropped like leaflets all over the
country to get past the ubiquitous network of the now-entrenched daycare
propagandists, to reach the parents who have never heard the whole story."
-- This e-book is available on the Web free-of-charge.
Parenthood by Proxy: Don't Have Them If
You Won't Raise Them
- Stupid Things Parents Do To Mess Up
(Paperback reprint of
Parenting by Proxy)
by Dr. Laura Schlessinger
In this book, Dr. Laura exhorts parents to make their own children
their top priority and, if necessary, to change their lives to do so. "The cavalier manner in which our society
treats child care, not as a matter of intimacy and love, but as a matter
of convenience and economics, is deeply destructive to our children's
sense of attachment, identity and importance."
Dr. Laura Schlessinger
- "The Problem with Day Care"
by Karl Zinsmeister,
American Enterprise, May/June 1998,
In the same issue of The American Enterprise (on line) is:
"Why Encouraging Daycare
is Unwise", by Karl Zinsmeister
- Raising Babies:
Should under 3s go to nursery
(daycare)? by Steve
"(Steve Biddulph, the respected
Australian parenting expert is) angry about the increasing use of day care
for babies. He argues that placing children younger than three in
nurseries risks damaging their mental health, leaving them aggressive,
depressed, antisocial and unable to develop close relationships in later
life. This, indeed, is the subject of his new book, Raising
-- From the 13 March 2006 edition of the
famous United Kingdom newspaper, The Daily Telegraph
Why Your Love is Best)
- Ships Without a Shore: America's
by Anne Pierce ©2008
"Gutsy and provocative,
Anne Pierce presents an articulate, no-holds-barred indictment of current
--Jane M. Healy, Ph.D.
Chapter 2 of her book is
titled, "Love and Stability: The Fundamentals of Early Childhood, Which
Day Care Cannot Provide".
Taking Sex Differences
Seriously by Steven E.
"Rhodes shows how denial of sex
differences has helped to create the sexual revolution, fatherless
families, and policies such as Title IX, and the call for universal day
care." --Dr. Laura
In Chapter 9,
"Day Care", Rhoads discusses
disease, attachment, quality, etc. as it relates to day care.
- Who Needs Parents?:
Effects of Childcare and Early Education on
Children in Britain and the USA
by Patricia Morgan,
In this timely book, British author Patricia Morgan examines a vast body of research data which
reveals that, while the childcare bandwagon has been gathering speed, a
considerable amount of evidence has been accumulating which calls into
question the idea that third-party childcare is good for children.
- Who Will Rock The Cradle?,
Edited by Phyllis Schlafly,
Prompted by their concern for the American family, 18 noted scholars and
professionals probe the child care question and look carefully at the
social implications, tax and economic considerations, and cultural
ideologies of a nation trying to decide who should raise its kids.
Each chapter is written by a different expert in the field of child care.
From pediatricians to psychologists and even a child care czar that owns
many day care institutions, they all agree about the damage that child
care does to our precious children during their formative years.
- Your Baby in
Daycare: Are you out of Your Mind?
by Seyla Vee* ©2004
Your Baby in Daycare is a must-read for any parent
whose young ones are in daycare or might be in daycare. These diary
excerpts come from a veteran daycare provider of 22 years, and give the
reader a powerful exposition of the sometimes horrifying and certainly sad
world of a young child in daycare.
*Sounds like "C'est la Vie", a French phrase meaning "That's