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Daycare in Perspective

Am J Dis Child. 1986;140(8):744-745. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1986.02140220026022.
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Sir.—As part of the 16th Ross Roundtable on Critical Approaches to Common Pediatric Problems, Rodgers1 states, in regard to daycare,

The nation's agenda is shifting its focus; the question is how to provide adequate child care rather than whether mothers should work outside the home. The parent who once beseeched the pediatrician for advice about when and whether to work will want more assistance in making the best arrangement and in understanding the complexities of child care.

In the same report, Celeste2 writes, "It is no longer a question of whether or not children should be in daycare; instead, the questions are how we can provide enough care for all the families who need it...." The growing need for daycare since the 1970s is viewed in much of the literature as a fait accompli,3-5 and the pediatrician is challenged to take a more active role in


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