WASHINGTON, D.C., July 10, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Just yesterday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to promote President Barack Obama’s $75 million plan to enroll all middle class children in preschool beginning at age four. Although it has little been in the news, a powerful coalition of government officials, unions, nonprofits, and even retired military leaders is vigorously working behind the scenes to build support for universal government daycare.
Numerous studies show the negative impact prolonged time in daycare has on young children. The experts at the Heritage Foundation summarize, “More hours in day care during a child’s early years is associated with less social competence and cooperation, more problem behaviors, negative mood, aggression, and conflict.” Further, “Negative effects of day care on social–emotional development persist throughout early childhood and adolescence.”
There are less universal but more traumatic effects for some children who attend preschool.
A horrifying story unfolded in Columbus, Ohio, last month, where a daycare provider put her children to sleep by spiking their morning pancakes with an allergy medication.
The story reminded me of a a story I heard in 2000 of Diane Davis, the director of A Place to Grow daycare in Hudson, Massachusetts, who duct taped an eight-month-old baby girl to the wall, because the sight of the girl struggling to get free amused her and because it proved that the sticky substance“worked on everything.” Jordan Wardle’s parents say she was still having nightmares and eating disorders four years later, when they settled the case for $200,000.
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