ERIC Number: ED050810
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970-Jun
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A Review of Experience: Establishing, Operating, Evaluating a Demonstration Nursery Center for the Daytime Care of Infants and Toddlers, 1967-1970. Final Report.
Keister, Mary Elizabeth
This document is the final report of Phase One (1967-1970) of the Group Care of Infants Demonstration (Center) Project. This report devotes major attention to the problems of establishing, operating, and evaluating a group day care center for infant and toddler care. The Center project describes what is required to provide housing, equipment, food, supplies, services, proper ratio of adults to children, daily programs and costs for this one program. Evaluations of child growth were based on data from 15 pairs of matched home and Center children (from middle class families) between the ages of three months and three years. Data analysis revealed few significant differences between groups on mental, motor, or social development. Those differences which were significant favored the Center children. Illness data were difficult to collect and indicated that Center children appeared to have had more diaper rash and more colds. Outgrowths of the Center project were publication of guidelines for the state legislature, a leaflet for parents, and a descriptive booklet detailing group care of young children. Although this one program demonstrated that babies in group care are not harmed by the experience, the report stresses the pioneering nature and uniqueness of the Center endeavor. (WY)
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Sponsor: Children's Bureau (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: North Carolina Univ., Greensboro.