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Child Care Effects on Teens
Detail: A comprehensive long running NIH funded Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development, which is the first to track children for a full decade after they left childcare, reported that teenagers who receive better child care during early years fair slightly higher on measures of academic and cognitive achievement compared to their counterparts who don't. Teens who had spent the most hours in child care in their first 41/2 years reported a slightly greater tendency toward impulsiveness and risk-taking at 15 than did peers who spent less time in child care.

"Previous findings from the study indicate that parents appear to have far more influence on their child's growth and development than the type of child care they receive," said James A. Griffin, Ph.D., deputy chief of the Child Development and Behavior Branch, at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the NIH institute that funded the study, "The current findings reveal that the modest association between early child care and subsequent academic achievement and behavior seen in earlier study findings persists through childhood and into the teen years."

"These results underscore the importance of interaction between children and their daytime caregivers," said first author Deborah Lowe Vandell, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Education at University of California, Irvine. "We're seeing enduring effects of the quality of staff-child interaction."

James A. Griffin further adds, "High quality child care appears to provide a small boost to academic performance, perhaps by fostering the early acquisition of school readiness skills….Likewise, more time spent in child care may provide a different socialization experience, resulting in slightly more impulsive and risk-taking behaviors in adolescence. These findings underscore the importance of studying the linkages between early care and later development."
Source: “Early daycare leads to smarter teens”, ANI, May 15, 2010, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/5934297.cms
Date: June 14 2010