A long-term study of children aimed at resolving disputes over whether daycare is harmful has found that subtle effects on behavior and vocabulary can last until fifth or sixth grade. The good news, kids who spent a lot of time in high quality daycare have better vocabularies than their lower quality daycare counterparts. The bad news, teachers report kids in daycare are typically more aggressive. Patt Morrison speaks with UNC Research Psychologist and co-author of the study Margaret Burchinal and L.A. Parent Magazine editor Carolyn Graham.
* Margaret Burchinal, Research Psychologist, University of North Carolina at the FPG Child Development Center
* Carolyn Graham, editor, L.A. Parent Magazine