|Institutionalized Preschool is Just Not Working
New study reports high incidents of behavioral problems among children who attended high quality preschool.
Recent analysis of an ongoing study suggests that children who received high quality child care before entering kindergarten had higher incidents of "problem behaviors".
The study, funded by the National Institute of Child Health & Human Development, (NICHD) in analyzing the quality of day care received by children from birth to 54 months found that pre-kindergarten children who spent more time in child care centers showed a greater frequency of "teacher reported" problem behaviors later on. In fact, the more time children spent in center-based care in early childhood, the more likely their sixth grade teachers were to report such problem behaviors as "gets in many fights," "disobedient at school," and "argues a lot."
The NICHD's press release on the study stated:
The researchers also found that, as in the earlier grades, children with more experience in child care centers continued to show, through sixth grade, a greater frequency of what the researchers termed teacher-reported externalizing problem behavior. These behaviors were listed on The Child Behavior Checklist Teacher Report Form, which consisted of 100 problem behaviors.
Using this report form, teachers were asked to rate the child on items such as: child demands a lot of attention; argues a lot; bragging and boasting; cruelty, bullying or meanness to others; destroys things belonging to others; disobedient at school; gets into many fights; lying or cheating; screams a lot.
Children who had been in center care in early childhood were more likely to score higher on teacher reports of aggression and disobedience. This was true regardless of the quality of the center-based care they received.
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