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Child Care and Child Development
Results from the NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development

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ISBN 9781593852870
Published February 23, 2006 by Guilford Press
474 Pages

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Book Description

This important work presents the results of the most comprehensive scientific study to date of early child care and its relation to child development. In one volume, a critical selection of material from the most salient journal articles is brought together with new overviews and a concluding commentary. Provided is a wealth of authoritative information about the ways in which nonmaternal care is linked to health, psychological adjustment, and mother-child bonds in the first six years of life. The study addresses the full complexity of this vital issue, taking into account a range of family characteristics as well as the quality of child care experiences. An essential resource for developmentalists, early child care specialists, and educators, this volume offers compelling new perspectives on practice, policy, and research.

Table of Contents

Alexander, Foreword. Part I: Overview.  Nonmaternal Care and Family Factors in Early Development: An Overview of the NICHD Study of Early Child Care. Part II: Child Care Use and Quality. Child Care in the First Year of Life. Characteristics of Infant Child Care: Factors Contributing to Positive Caregiving. Booth,  Kelly, Child Care Characteristics of Infants with and without Special Needs: Comparisons and Concerns.  A New Guide for Evaluating Child Care Quality.  Characteristics and Quality of Child Care for Toddlers and Preschoolers. Part  III: Why Consider Family Effects in a Study of Child Care? Familial Factors Associated with the Characteristics of Nonmaternal Care of Infants. Before Head Start: Income and Ethnicity, Family Characteristics, Child Care Experiences, and Child Development. Dearing, McCartney, Taylor, Change in Family Income-to-Needs Matters More for Children with Less. Chronicity of Maternal Depressive Symptoms, Maternal Sensitivity, and Child Functioning at 36 Months. The Interaction of Child Care and Family Risk in Relation to Child Development at 24 and 36 Months. Part IV: Child Care and Health.  Child Care and Common Communicable Illnesses. Child Care and Common Communicable Illnesses in Children Ages 37–54 Months. Part V: Child Care and Mother–child Relations. The Effects of Infant Child Care on Infant-Mother Attachment Security.  Child Care and Family Predictors of Preschool Attachment and Stability from Infancy. Owen, Ware, Barfoot, Caregiver–Mother Partnership Behavior and the Quality of Caregiver-Child and Mother-Child Interactions. Child Care and Mother-Child Interaction in the First 3 Years of Life.  Early Child Care and Mother–Child Interaction from 36 Months through First Grade. Part VI: Child Care and Psychological Development. Early Child Care and Self-Control, Compliance, and Problem Behavior at 24 and 36 Months.  Early Child Care and Children's Peer Interaction at 24 and 36 Months. Does Amount of Time Spent in Child Care Predict Socioemotional Adjustment during the Transition to Kindergarten? The Relation of Child Care to Cognitive and Language Development. Does Quality of Child Care Affect Child Outcomes at Age 4½? NICHD Early Child Care Research Network, Child Outcomes When Child Care Center Classes Meet Recommended Standards for Quality. NICHD Early Child Care Research Network, Child Care Structure --> Process --> Outcome: Direct and Indirect Effects of Child Care Quality on Young Children's Development. Early Child Care and Children's Development Prior to School Entry. Part VII: Effects of Families on the Development of Children Who Are in Child Care. Factors Associated with Fathers' Caregiving Activities and Sensitivity with Young Children. Relations between Family Predictors and Child Outcomes: Are They Weaker for Children with Child Care? Families Matter - Even for Kids in Child Care. Part VIII: Commentary. Contributions of the NICHD Study of Early Child Care, Ramey, Human Developmental Science Serving Children and Families.

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NICHD Early Child Care Research Network, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Rockville, MD


'This book is a badly needed compilation and interpretation of the multifaceted results of the landmark NICHD study of child care in America. This is not only the single most important study of child care ever done, but it was undertaken by a group of extremely knowledgeable scholars. Their willingness to explore conventional as well as controversial issues concerning the effects of early care experiences on the developing child makes this volume a treasure.' - Edward Zigler, PhD, Department of Psychology (Emeritus), Yale University

'This 'must-read' volume describes one of the most comprehensive and innovative child development studies of the last 20 years. It brings together, for the first time, essential findings on how child care quality, family environment, and parenting together contribute to a child’s life chances. The authors provide a compelling story of young children's experiences today and the challenges facing parents as they make choices about work and care. Psychologists, social scientists, and policymakers concerned with early childhood education, family social policy, and pediatric health will find this book extremely valuable.' - Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, PhD, Teachers College and the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University