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Government Study: Children in Daycare More Likely to be Aggressive, Disobedient Later

As you can guess, I am a strong believer that preschool-aged children should not be placed in daycare where possible. A recent study by the National Institutes of Health indicates that:

“the more time children spent in center-based care before kindergarten, the more likely their sixth grade teachers were to report such problem behaviors as ‘gets in many fights,’ ‘disobedient at school,’ and ‘argues a lot.'”

What’s particularly interesting is that this was true regardless of the quality of the center-based care they received. The study authors go on to suggest that these problems could be due to poor training, little time, and inadequate adult attention to address bad behavior or to resolve conflicts over toys or activities.

While we can’t always provide home-based care for our preschoolers, I think the advice from Dr. James Griffin, the NICHD Science Officer for the Study, just reminds us how important it is:

“These findings add to the growing body of research showing that the quality and type of child care a child experiences early in life can have a lasting impact on their development” said Dr. Griffin.

More information can be found in the press release from the NIH.

1 Comment

  • 1. Mimi  |  September 27th, 2007 at 4:56 pm

    As a preschool teacher with 20 years experience I wonder just what this really means. Other studies show “daycare children” excel and are social more competent. What is really important is parenting. Parents who offer time, love and attention may be those at home or those who work outside of the home. Bad and good parents are everywhere not just those that “work”.