Whatryagonnado? Here's a quote from Emily Bazelon's article about what the results of the latest NICHD day care study really do and don't mean
[study author Margaret] Burchinal points out that on average, day care for infants and toddlers is worse than for preschoolers. It's more expensive because states require more staff for babies. And the littlest kids don't get much out of being in a group like the older ones do. The youngest thrive on one-on-one attention, and it takes considerable skill and experience to deftly juggle the needs of a bunch of them. So maybe the real lesson here is a reminder: Day care for infants and toddlers is the hardest to do well. And lower-quality care, coupled with three or four years spent at a center, doesn't appear to serve kids quite as well as other arrangements (though the difference in slight).So what have you seen that works and that doesn't in choosing day care for an infant and toddler? What are some warning signs to look for that might indicate substandard or indifferent care?
This is not exactly heartening. Day care for infants and toddlers is often the most economical choice for families in which both parents work and no grandparent or cousin can lend a hand with the baby. We should figure out how to improve day care for infants and toddlers, not give up on it.
At one point when the kid was approaching 18 months old, we got near the top of the list for the daycare/preschool at my wife's office at NASA. We were thinking, "NASA, alright! Rocket scientists in training!" When we took our tour, the older kids were making their own Thanksgiving feast, having a blast in their little class. Another classroom was decked out with all their art projects, there was tons of room and toys and space indoor and out, nice playground equipment...
But the youngest group, I swear, when we poked our heads in, was watching Barney. "Oh, they're just taking a little quiet break before lunch," said our teacher/guide. I'm no stranger to the hypnotic and/or mood-altering effects of the television. But there's no way I could see how a TV is a justifiable childcare tool in a professional/group setting. And that's without even getting me started on Barney. Needless to say, the kid is getting her rocket scientist training where everyone else is: from YouTube.
Anyway, thoughts? Sights? Nightmares? Dreams?
Here's a great video of the wife's first satellite being launched in 1999. We went to French Guyana [what a dump, and no Coca Light] to see it.