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Targeting early childhood care and education: Myths and realities

Gillian Doherty
Occasional paper 15
August 2001
150pp
$15

This paper reviews two bodies of research. The first pertains to identification of threats to children's optimal development and the second examines the effectiveness of different types of targeted programs intended to enhance the development of at-risk children. Many variables that put children at risk for developmental problems occur in both lone- and two-parent families and across all income levels. The current practice of restricting programs for at-risk children to specific neighbourhoods inevitably means the exclusion of many at-risk children.

How should we care for babies and toddlers? An analysis of practice in out-of-home care for children under three

Helen Penn
Occasional paper 10
June 1999
60pp
$10

This publication makes an important contribution to the understanding of our values and beliefs in caring for our young children. By taking a broad perspective and including historical, psychological and cultural evidence about early childhood, this paper reveals that how we care for infants and toddlers is open to many interpretations, as reflected by the diversity of existing practices. Penn forces us to examine alternative values and practices in caring for infants and toddlers, and to look beyond our own conventional paradigms and understandings.

The great child care debate: The long-term effects of non-parental child care

Gillian Doherty
Occasional paper 7
1996
78pp
$10

This paper reviews studies that compare children with non-parental child care experience to children without this experience. Two major themes emerge from this review: first, the research does not support the view that participation in child care is harmful; and second, it is important that the child care experience is of high quality.

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