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Recommended Reading about Daycare and Childcare   Recommended Reading about Daycare or Childcare
(Listed in alphabetical order)

  • 7 Myths of Working Mothers - Why Children and (Most) Careers just Don't Mix,
    by Suzanne Venker
    In Chapter 6, "My Children Just Love Day Care", this former middle school teacher, writer, and full-time mother describes the inherent problems with daycare institutions. 
  • Le bébé et l'eau du bain - (The Baby and the Bathwater, written in French)
    by Montreal Pediatrician Dr.
    Jean-François Chicoine and La Presse editorialist Nathalie Collard, ©2006
  • Day Care Deception: what the child care establishment isn't telling us,
    by Brian C. Robertson,
    The "deception" of the book's title refers, essentially to two things:
    (1) The continuing attempts to cover up or explain away the social-science findings that show the serious risks of over-reliance on non-parental group care for preschool children, and
    (2) The continuing attempt to portray greater public investment in organized group care for children as something that time-strapped working parents demand.  
    And regarding the social-science findings, in my view, the evidence is conclusive and becomes more conclusive every year: Day care is both a serious risk to children's normal development and to their health. The lack of dissemination of this evidence is really scandalous. 
    -- From Ms. Kathryn Jean Lopez's interview of Brian C. Roberson on  NRO online, Q&A, 10/1/03. 
  • The Day Care Decision - What's Best for You and Your Child,
    by William Dreskin and Wendy Dreskin,
    The Dreskins bring to this important topic a perspective of people who not only have been professionally involved in early childhood education for some time, but also have participated in the recent evolution leading to the popularity of (daycare).  They modified their nursery school to become a provider of substitute care as well as early childhood education.  After almost two years of such experience, they found themselves so uncomfortable that they felt they could not continue to offer that kind of service, and furthermore, they became highly motivated to write about the issues.  Written by warm thoughtful practitioners, this book is clearly a product of passion and deep concern.
    Its primary messages are that full-time substitute care for children under three is rarely advisable (except in cases of extreme hardship) and that the people who choose to be full-time child rearers of their own children deserve full support, because what they are involved in is at least as important as anything else they might be doing.
    -- Excerpted from foreward by Burton L. White, Center for Parent Education, Newton, Massachusetts.
  • Death Star to Open Day Care Center
    published by the ONION, Volume 29, issue 18, (, ©1996.

    For those of you that are "Star Wars" fans, you'll get a real kick out of this!  
    Click here to view article.
    Note the use of ubiquitous daycare "lingo" (buzzwords) in this humorous article.

Doing Time: What It Really Means to Grow Up In Daycare
by May Saubier, ©2012
May Saubier illustrates how the very foundation of daycare is flawed. For the first time, parents step into the lives of their children as she reveals a typical daycare existence. Each chapter documents what Saubier, an experienced educator and daycare provider, has witnessed and the impact felt by the children who “do time” there each week.

  • Early Child Care-Infants and Nations at Risk,
    by Dr. Peter S. Cook, ©1997
    Australian author, Dr. Peter Cook assesses and presents the reader with valuable information regarding early child care. From looking at the biological link between mothers and their children to the research into the outcomes of early child care, Dr. Cook offers a reasonable critique, which is valuable to parents, politicians and child care workers. ‘This should be dropped like leaflets all over the country to get past the ubiquitous network of the now entrenched daycare propagandists and reach the parents of tomorrow who have never heard the whole story.’ (Dr. Elliot Barker- President of the Canadian Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children).
    --- Review by  News Weekly 
  • The Forgotten Sides of Daycare for Under 3's, by The Canadian Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, ©2004
    A pamphlet containing a collection of essays by Elliot Barker, Peter Cook, Linda Burton, Selma Fraiberg, Penelope Leach, and other leading writers.
  • The Hidden Costs of Childcare, by Patricia Morgan, ©1992
    This 56-page booklet from U.K.'s Family & Youth Concern (Family Education Trust) is a precursor to Ms. Morgan's later book, Who Needs Parents?.
  • Home-Alone America:  The Hidden Toll of Day Care, Behavior Drugs, and Other Parent Substitutes, by Mary Eberstadt ©2004
    Eberstadt's chapter on daycare (Chapter 1, "The Real Trouble with Day Care") is a great example of what makes this book so interesting.  While Eberstadt does bring some important new information to bear on the day-care debate, the real originality lies in her point of view.  For example, even the most "separationist"* feminists concede that children in day care are more likely to get sick.  The interesting thing is the difference between what the separationists and Eberstadt do with that fact.
    -- Excerpted from A Paradigm Shift in Parenting by Stanley Kurtz, National Review Online, 30-Nov-04
    * Separationist = is the word that Eberstadt uses to describe feminists who practice and advocate lifestyles that separate children from their mothers.
  • Home by Choice by Brenda Hunter, Ph.D , ©1991
    Dr. Hunter makes an impassioned plea for parents to be present and accessible to their young children and makes practical suggestions as to how society can make that possible.  -- Karl Zinsmeister, Adjunct Scholar, American Enterprise Institute
    Chapter 3, "Mother Care or Other Care", examines the negative effects of daycare on young children's emotional development, behavior, and physical well-being (frequent illness).
  • Motherhood - How should we care for our children?, by Anne Manne, ©2005
    (R)espected (Australian) social commentator Anne Manne presents a compelling new argument for an inclusive maternal feminism.  In this timely new book, she tackles the core issues, (including) how is early institutional childcare affecting our children.  (chapters 9, 10 & 13)
    -- Description taken from publisher's media release
  • Mothering Denied - The sources of love, and how our culture harms infants, women, and society by Australian author, Dr. Peter S. Cook, ©2009.  Partly a sequel and an update to his book, Early Child Care--Infants and Nations at Risk, Dr. Cook compares mother-care vs. daycare in Chapter 5. A noted Canadian reviewer wrote, "This small book should be dropped like leaflets all over the country to get past the ubiquitous network of the now-entrenched daycare propagandists, to reach the parents who have never heard the whole story."
    -- This e-book is available on the Web free-of-charge.
  • Parenthood by Proxy: Don't Have Them If You Won't Raise Them
  •  Stupid Things Parents Do To Mess Up Their Kids (Paperback reprint of Parenting by Proxy)
    by Dr. Laura Schlessinger
    In this book, Dr. Laura exhorts parents to make their own children their top priority and, if necessary, to change their lives to do so.  "The cavalier manner in which our society treats child care, not as a matter of intimacy and love, but as a matter of convenience and economics, is deeply destructive to our children's sense of attachment, identity and importance." -- Dr. Laura Schlessinger
  • "The Problem with Day Care" by Karl Zinsmeister, The American Enterprise, May/June 1998, 
    In the same issue of The American Enterprise (on line) is:
    "Why Encouraging Daycare is Unwise", by Karl Zinsmeister
  • Raising Babies: Should under 3s go to nursery (daycare)? by Steve Biddulph, ©2005
    "(Steve Biddulph, the respected Australian parenting expert is) angry about the increasing use of day care for babies.  He argues that placing children younger than three in nurseries risks damaging their mental health, leaving them aggressive, depressed, antisocial and unable to develop close relationships in later life.  This, indeed, is the subject of his new book, Raising Babies..."
    -- From the 13 March 2006 edition of the famous United Kingdom newspaper, The Daily Telegraph
    so titled Raising Babies: Why Your Love is Best)
  • Ships Without a Shore: America's Undernurtured Children
    by Anne Pierce ©2008
    "Gutsy and provocative, Anne Pierce presents an articulate, no-holds-barred indictment of current child-rearing practices." --Jane M. Healy, Ph.D.
    Chapter 2 of her book is titled, "Love and Stability: The Fundamentals of Early Childhood, Which Day Care Cannot Provide".
  • Taking Sex Differences Seriously by Steven E. Rhoads, ©2004
    "Rhodes shows how denial of sex differences has helped to create the sexual revolution, fatherless families, and policies such as Title IX, and the call for universal day care."  --Dr. Laura Schlesinger
    In Chapter 9, "Day Care", Rhoads discusses disease, attachment, quality, etc. as it relates to day care.
  • Who Needs Parents?: Effects of Childcare and Early Education on Children in Britain and the USA by Patricia Morgan, ©1996.
    In this timely book, British author Patricia Morgan examines a vast body of research data which reveals that, while the childcare bandwagon has been gathering speed, a considerable amount of evidence has been accumulating which calls into question the idea that third-party childcare is good for children.
  • Who Will Rock The Cradle?,
    Edited by Phyllis Schlafly,
    Prompted by their concern for the American family, 18 noted scholars and professionals probe the child care question and look carefully at the social implications, tax and economic considerations, and cultural ideologies of a nation trying to decide who should raise its kids.
    Each chapter is written by a different expert in the field of child care.  From pediatricians to psychologists and even a child care czar that owns many day care institutions, they all agree about the damage that child care does to our precious children during their formative years.
  • Your Baby in Daycare: Are you out of Your Mind?
    by Seyla Vee* ©2004
    Your Baby in Daycare is a must-read for any parent whose young ones are in daycare or might be in daycare.  These diary excerpts come from a veteran daycare provider of 22 years, and give the reader a powerful exposition of the sometimes horrifying and certainly sad world of a young child in daycare.
    *Sounds like "C'est la Vie", a French phrase meaning "That's life". 

Last updated:  01/09/2012

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