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Wednesday, May 19, 2010



What a great post, Stacy. I'm often struck by how different the headlines can be in covering the same report. It's sometimes as simple as a glass half-full or half-empty perspective, but often it's shoddy reporting. I take them with a grain of salt too, but I do read the stories. (Even when they contradict my own beliefs.)

Denise Schipani

Well. Glad to know I'm not the only one tearing my hair out in frustration over these scaremongering daycare "reports." I'm glad researchers such as those at the NIH undertake studies, but the way the results are covered, well, it's as you said. You can make the data say whatever you want. What also has always bothered me is this: instead of expending time and money studying WHY daycare is "good" or "bad," how about putting some muscle and money into making good quality care available to more working families? Me, I love daycare. Here's my recent blog post on the subject:

Great post!



You said it sister! I'm so grateful for the day care my kids had which enabled me to be a better, saner mom by allowing me to continue to work after they arrived. Yes, there is definitely substandard care out there, and there should be more resources put to solving this issue for all working parents, but to be perfectly honest, this is one of those areas where I had to take a funnel-eyed view and focus only on my own needs and those of my family's and figure out the best that we could afford and provide. And, like me, it wasn't perfect, but it worked. Being at home with mom is not always what's best for a kid either, for all sorts of reasons, and that's an issue these studies never address.

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