Childcare : what the science says

Great, so if you were to write a science based, research backed rebuttal to this chapter alone, it would recommend what exactly? No daycare? Daycare in particular family instances at particular ages?

I ask knowing full well I likely won’t be able to meet the ideal, but I personally would prefer to know what that ideal is to attempt to get closer to it.

And more…

Center Care

If there’s one thing you take away from this post, please let it be this: age makes a huge difference.

Age matters. Hours matter. Income matters.

From the first textbook on play I had at hand.
From a meta-analysis of high-quality centers (Vermeer 2006). Note the broken y-axis.

Other forms of childcare

Further Reading

Universal Childcare

Along virtually every one of these dimensions [of child well-being], children in Quebec see their outcomes deteriorate relative to children in the rest of the nation over this time period.

[..] this policy resulted in a rise of anxiety of children exposed to this new program of between 60 percent and 150 percent, and a decline in motor/social skills of between 8 percent and 20 percent.

[..] families became more strained with the introduction of the program, as manifested in more hostile, less consistent parenting, worse adult mental health, and lower relationship satisfaction for mothers.

Baker, Gruber and Milligan’s work is 100 per cent correct. It’s robust. If anything, in our own work, including a paper that came out in Canadian Public Policy and won “best paper award” for that year, it actually finds the effects get larger over time, on average.

From a public draft of Baker et al, 2019. The different lines show show crime rates go up in cohorts with more exposure to the universal childcare system. The lowest solid line is for children who were not exposed to the system.

Policy

Conclusion

Great, so if you were to write a science based, research backed rebuttal to this chapter alone, it would recommend what exactly? No daycare? Daycare in particular family instances at particular ages?

I ask knowing full well I likely won’t be able to meet the ideal, but I personally would prefer to know what that ideal is to attempt to get closer to it.

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