THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT

DAY CARE--A NEW STUDY SAYS IT'S MOSTLY HARMLESS, SOMETIMES HELPFUL AND LESS IMPORTANT THAN HOME

Maybe the closest thing America has to a universal anxiety is the question shared by parents who have children in day care: Is this good for my kid? Last week the largest study ever undertaken of the effects of child care offered some reassurance. Very young children in day care do just about as well as those who stay at home with their mothers. In the area of learning skills, they do a bit better--provided the day care is good. But what is most important by far to development is the quality of a child's family experience during the hours at...

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