Choosing good child care for your little one does make a difference in his world, and not only when he's...
Choosing good child care for your little one does make a difference in his world, and not only when he's young. New research notes that the impact of your child care choices extend all the way into the teen years! The study findings...
- As teens, kids who had high-quality child care scored higher on tests of cognitive and academic achievement than peers in lower-quality care. There was also a small cognitive boost seen in kids entering kindergarten who received quality care.
- The academic edge is seen across the socioeconomic spectrum, which means wealthy and disadvantaged kids all get a brainy boost from good vs. poor quality child care.
- Quality was defined by the caregivers' warmth, sensitivity to children's needs and cognitive stimulation of the young ones under their care.
- In addition to better test scores, quality child care also resulted in fewer behavior problems at age 15.
- On the flip side, teens who had spent more hours in child care (no matter the quality) reported more risk-taking and greater impulsive behavior compared with those who had spent fewer hours in child care. I don't think risk taking is all that bad though. Kids are too leery nowadays.
- Lastly, kids in quality care were less stressed than kids in poor quality care, although that's to be expected.