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Day Care Deception: What the Child Care Establishment Isn't Telling Us

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Donna:
The book is and the author is Brian C. Robertson. Brian, welcome to First Voice.

Brian:
Thank you for having me on, I appreciate it.

Donna:
This book looks at a subject so politically incorrect that many people won't discuss it. You begin by discussing how corporate day care was pushed by feminists in the 70's as a way of liberating mothers and Congress went along.

Brian:
That's right. The influence of the day care lobby at that time was significant in crafting the child care policies of the federal government. It was the first time, in fact, that the whole definition of family under scrutiny. The traditional definition of a family as married man and wife with children was questioned. This was not appropriate to a new era when families were so diverse and could include single mothers, etc. What happened was the influence of that feminist lobby caused Congress to enact a system of tax benefits that subsidized one choice, the choice of putting children in commercial day care over other choices including parents staying home with their own children and other less formal types of care, such as relative care.

Donna:
In programs aimed at helping low income mothers with day care and preschool programs, a shocking amount of money goes missing.

Brian:
Yes, in fact Congress has held hearings in recent years about how the money slotted for child care, which has increased greatly in the wake of welfare reform, is being spent. Some of the stories were so unbelievable that the Congressman on the committees investigating found it difficult to believe. Millions of dollars that were not traceable, people taking money for day care centers that didn't exist. There's quite a lot of abuse and fraud in the system that's resulted from welfare reform and Congress was unable to verify the spending in a lot of these cases. Its an interesting aspect of the problem because you have a great deal of money being spent in the wake of welfare reform and yet you still have demand for more subsidies and more money to be invested in the day care system and yet we can't track the money being spent.

Donna:
Parents have been told it's okay to outsource their kids. But the children feel alone and abandoned. The effects, you write, are long term.

Brian:
It's unquestionable at this point according to the social science data preschool children suffer both short and long term effects from too much time away from parents particularly in commercial, group care settings. There's an ongoing government sponsored study, the most in depth look at child care every taken, and it shows that there's a high correlation between time in parental care and aggressiveness among children. That aggressiveness only shows up when they reach school age. The study tracks what type of care was used in preschool years and looks at how behavior problems manifest themselves later. So the correlation is very clear between time in day care, time in noncommercial types of care and aggressiveness which is a social science term which means everything from getting in lots of fights, cruelty to other children, lashing out, noncompliance with adults. A lot of these behavior problems only manifest themselves down the line and that's an aspect of what's called attachment disorder, when the primary attachment between mother and child is interrupted. Because that first attachment that the infant or toddler forms with the primary care giver, usually the mother, is so important in terms of psychological and emotional development, is interrupted, then the whole basis of trust in forming future relationships and the whole course of future relationships is affected. Most psychologists recognized that phenomenon of attachment disorder and we see it manifested in some of the behavioral problems that social science data shows are occurring with these kids who have had a great deal of day care in their preschool years.

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Posted: 9/9/04



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