ERIC Number: EJ756658
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Are There Long-Term Effects of Early Child Care?
Belsky, Jay; Vandell, Deborah Lowe; Burchinal, Margaret; Clarke-Stewart, K. Alison; McCartney, Kathleen; Owen, Margaret Tresch
Child Development, v78 n2 p681-701 Mar-Apr 2007
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.
Descriptors: Child Care, Child Development, Early Childhood Education, Educational Quality, Parenting Styles, Predictor Variables, Vocabulary Development, Behavior Problems, Young Children, Longitudinal Studies
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