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American child care today
Scarr, Sandra, 1998
American Psychologist, 53(2), 95-108

A discussion of the current state of child care in America from the perspective of two disparate goals: the first fostering mothers’ employment and the second children’s development; these two ends demand compromise between the affordability of child care and the ever increasing costliness of new regulations

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Beyond metaphor: The efficacy of early childhood education
Haskins, Ron, 1989
American Psychologist, 44(2), 274-282

A review of what impacts quality model programs and Head Start can have on poor children’s intellectual and social competence and school performance

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''Cadism'': Odd man out
Johnson, W. Brad, 1993
American Psychologist, 48(6), 689

A critique of Louise Silverman's article, Transforming the debate about child care and maternal employment, that challenges her portrayal of absent fathers and encourages research on fathers' roles within family systems

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Child-care debate: Transformed or distorted?
Huston, Aletha C., 1993
American Psychologist, 48(6), 692-693

A critique focusing on reforming psychological research by the National Institute of Child Health and Development (NICHD)

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Child-care effect sizes for the NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development
NICHD Early Child Care Research Network, 2006
American Psychologist, 61(2), 99-116

A report of findings on the effect sizes for exclusive maternal care and, for children in child care, for type, quality, and quantity of care, based on data from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development's (NICHD) Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development

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Children and public policy: A role for psychologists
Ramey, Craig T., 1974
American Psychologist, 29(1), 14-18

An overview of national child mental health policy and service delivery in the 1970s

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Costs and benefits of quality child care
Van Horn, M. Lee, 1999
American Psychologist, 54(2), 142-143

A critique of an argument on the relationship between cost and quality and the effect of quality care on child outcomes

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The environment of childhood poverty
Evans, Gary W., 2004
American Psychologist, 59(2), 77-92

A review of research examining the physical and psychological effects of poverty on low income children to argue that exposure to multiple factors of poverty may be a unique feature of childhood poverty

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Family support in the home: Programs, policy and social change
Roberts, Richard N., 1991
American Psychologist, 46(2), 131-137

A discussion of research and policy on home visiting parent support programs and their potential benefits for families

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Freedom of choice for poor families
Scarr, Sandra, 1999
American Psychologist, 54(2), 144-145

An overview of low income families and their disadvantage of not being able to have the freedom of choice when selecting child care arrangements

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Head Start and preschool education: Toward continued improvement
Ramey, Sharon L., 1999
American Psychologist, 54(5), 344-346

An exploration of the need for and development of quality early childhood education and care programs, and the role of Head Start programs to assist in the process

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Head Start: Criticisms in a constructive context
Zigler, Edward F., 1994
American Psychologist, 49(2), 127-132

An evaluation of Head Start's effectiveness at improving child outcomes that addresses criticisms of the program and offers suggestions for improvement

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A Head Start for the 21st century
Takanishi, Ruby, 1994
American Psychologist, 49(2), 120-122

A discussion of expanding Project Head Start to encompass its existing early childhood and family support approaches with community economic development to aid in the amelioration of the deleterious social and economic conditions present in the communities that the program serves

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Head Start is not child care
Zigler, Edward F., 1999
American Psychologist, 54(2), 142-145

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Head Start: Only the best for America's children
Kassebaum, Nancy Landon, 1994
American Psychologist, 49(2), 123-126

An article by Senator Nancy Landon Kassebaum of Kansas, in which she reviews the five parts of her Head Start Quality Improvement Act

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Infant day care: Maligned or malignant?
Clarke-Stewart, K. Alison, 1989
American Psychologist, 44(2), 266-273

An exploration of the relationship between behavior and development and out-of-home child care arrangements for infants

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Investing in children: Government and workplace policies for parents
Stipek, Deborah J., 1989
American Psychologist, 44(2), 416-423

An overview of current issues in child care like parent workplace policies, family structure and welfare

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On using research as a tool
McCartney, Kathleen, 1993
American Psychologist, 48(6), 691-692

A review against misguided research on child care and maternal employment

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Reply to commentaries on the child-care debate
Silverstein, Louise, 1993
American Psychologist, 48(6), 694

A commentary regarding the role of psychology in policymaking and the responsibility of government in the lives of individuals

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Social science, social policy, and scientific research
Maddux, James E., 1993
American Psychologist, 48(6), 689-691

A commentary on the use of strong opposing viewpoints weakening the credibility of psychological research in the development of social policy

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Socioeconomic disadvantage and child development
McLoyd, Vonnie C., 1998
American Psychologist, 53(2), 185-204

An overview of research on the association between socioeconomic disadvantage and cognitive functioning, academic achievement, and socioemotional functioning

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Strengthening mental health services in Head Start: A challenge for the 1990s
Piotrkowski, Chaya, 1994
American Psychologist, 49(2), 133-139

A discussion on strengthening mental health services in Head Start for children and their families

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Toward a national family policy
Schroeder, Pat, 1989
American Psychologist, 44(11), 1410-1413

The historical progression of national family child care policy in the United States, 1930-1989

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Transforming the child-care debate
Shpancer, Noam, 1993
American Psychologist, 48(6), 693-694

A discussion of social and political approaches in child care policy debates, contrasting mother-centric and broader family role paradigms

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Transforming the debate about child care and maternal employment
Silverstein, Louise, 1991
American Psychologist, 46(10), 1025-1032

A critique of the conflict between government policy and social interest that results from society’s idealized image of motherhood and a research agenda that searches for negative consequences of maternal employment

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