Print Edition: March 8, 2015
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A formative, family-friendly factoid from a recent study or survey in the news.
BY John Lilly
Preschoolers who spend their days with mom
rather than in day care are less likely to go on to careers as troublemakers
and class clowns. That’s one conclusion to be drawn from the largest and
longest-running study of American childcare, the federally financed Study of
Early Child Care and Youth Development, which released its long-awaited results
March 26. Specifically, the investigators reported that keeping a preschooler
in a day care center for a year or more increases the likelihood that the child
will become disruptive in school at least through sixth grade. The research
project began in 1991 and is still ongoing. The investigators have financing to
follow the same children into high school and are proposing to follow some into
their 20s. The results should make headlines even if they’re not at all
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