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Written for my Marriage Intimacy class this paper deals with the subject of whether or not the use of wide spread day care is harmful to our children The assingment was to read both sides of this argument out of our text and then summarize each make a case for each and lastly present our view and support why this is what we believe Is the Widespread Use of Day Care Harming Our Children In a world that is moving ever faster the care of young children is also changing at a rapid rate from paternal caring and nurturing of the child to that of the daily visit to day-care With this idea in mind the question is raised that are all day-care centers created equal and if not what can be the affects of a less than optimal day-care facility Maggie Gallagher in her article Day Careless poses that yes in fact constant use of day-care facilities can harm a child physically psychologically and socially especially if the day-care facility is less than adequate In contrast Kristin Droege argues in her article Child Care An Educational Perspective that day-care can in fact be quite beneficial to children intellectually socially and psychologically Though she sites in her opening paragraph a 1992 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association JAMA that states In the course of one year of full-time day-care a middle-class white male toddler was likely to be bitten nine times Maggie Gallaghers main focus is on the psychological and sociological harm that can come to children in less than optimal day-care settings Optimal day-care consists of an adult to child ratio of 13 for infants under two 14 for toddlers and 17 for preschoolers however nearly half of all settings exceed these guidelines NCCSS Whitebrook Phillips and Howe 1993 High quality care also consists of caregivers who stay with a children for years not months and in the case
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