What does religious doctrine say about
Christianity and Daycare
(aka Christian Daycare or Bible Daycare)
An A.P. mother quotes the words of Jesus
Christ Himself in her following comment about daycare that makes an
unflattering analogy between daycare workers and hired hands:
"Consider this Bible Verse when thinking about using Day Care (or other child
hand is not the shepherd who owns the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he
abandons the sheep and runs away.
Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters
The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep'
-- from Lisa, author of the "Lisa's Joyful Parenting Page",
is no longer at: http://homepage.mac.com/imamom/ap.html)
The Catholic Bishop of Augsburg,
Walter Mixa called government proposals to expand childcare facilities in
Germany "harmful for children and families." Mixa said the plans enticed
women with federal aid to entrust their children to state care shortly after
birth, degrading women to "birthing machines” (Gebärmaschine).
…Cologne's…cardinal Joachim Meisner said he agreed with Mixa. He said
children should be raised in the family, and not in daycare.
"In the bible, nurseries are actually just a temporary solution," Meisner
told the Catholic radio station Domradio. "If you turn it into a permanent
institution, quasi as an alternative to the family, then this is a misguided
22 February 2007,
Deutsche Welle (A German international broadcaster, similar to the BBC World
Service, Voice of America, etc.)
In a similar vein, the Ministry
of the Johnston Family wrote:
God has designed that parents be the chief caregivers and educators of their
In Deuteronomy 6:7, God mandates that parents "teach (God's commandments)
diligently unto thy children, and thou shalt talk of them (God's
commandments) when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the
way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up."
This parents cannot do if they have shipped their kids off to the local
From "The Right Remedy for Dying Kids in Daycare", www.wherethetruthhurts.org,
Christians should not be surprised by
these (negative daycare) findings given our biblical understanding of human
sinfulness. Each child is born a sinner. When day care workers put a bunch
of "little sinners" together in a room without adequate supervision, sin
nature will most likely manifest itself in the environment.
"National Day Care" Probe Ministries, 1996
One wonders why
more religious institutions don't follow the example of the
First Baptist Church of Berryville, Arkansas. This church felt
they were giving people a mixed signal about home and family values by
operating a daycare center. As a result, the church closed its daycare
center in April of 1997.
-- From "It Takes A Church" by The First Congregational
Church, United Church of Christ of Columbus, Ohio,
www.first-church.org , 20-Apr-97