Hey guys. I wanted to post a blog follow up to yesterday’s sermon. You can listen to the sermon under the media section of our site or go to iTunes.
For those of you who weren’t there, we started a series on manhood and womanhood and I set the stage yesterday for the series and laid a foundation from Gen. 1-3 on how God created men and women to function.
After the sermon we did some Q & A, which we’ll do every week. I also invited folks to email me any questions they thought of or didn’t get answered Sun. morning and I’d respond via blog or email depending on the relevancy.
One question I received was regarding the studies I referred to in talking about the effects of daycare on children rather than the mother raising children. Great question and I’m glad many are wanting to dig deeper.
The major study was one done by the National Institute of Child Health, a very respected organization in this field since they do the largest long term study of child health. They’ve done a study in 2007 that reaffirmed the one done in 2003. You can read the entire 2007 study here.
I found out about the 2003 study from CBS news and the NY Times who sum up the study. I found the 2007 report from their site. The articles also mention a second study done by the Institute of Child Development of the University of Minnesota. You can read the CBS report here and the NY Times here. I wasn’t able to find the University of Minnesota one, but I didn’t try real hard. You can find it online I’m sure.
Essentially the major findings of these studies which I said were controversial is that children who spend 10 hours or more in daycare are going to have better language development and skills, but worse behavioral problems. Another thing I found interesting was that this was true as well if the child spent 10 hours or more with any caregiver other than the mother (including dad, grandparents, relatives).
Thanks guys. Dig in!