Are there long-term effects of early child care?

Child Dev. Mar-Apr 2007;78(2):681-701. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.2007.01021.x.

Abstract

Effects of early child care on children's functioning from 4(1/2) years through the end of 6th grade (M age=12.0 years) were examined in the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development (n=1,364). The results indicated that although parenting was a stronger and more consistent predictor of children's development than early child-care experience, higher quality care predicted higher vocabulary scores and more exposure to center care predicted more teacher-reported externalizing problems. Discussion focuses on mechanisms responsible for these effects, the potential collective consequences of small child-care effects, and the importance of the ongoing follow-up at age 15.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Child
  • Child Day Care Centers*
  • Child Development*
  • Child Rearing*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Educational Status
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Internal-External Control
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Male
  • Parenting / psychology*
  • Personality Assessment
  • Socialization
  • Statistics as Topic
  • Vocabulary