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Child Care Learning

  • By: Jennifer O. Briggs, Shannon B. Wanless & and Ashley Shafer
  • In: The SAGE Encyclopedia of Out-of-School Learning
  • Edited by: Kylie Peppler
  • Subject:Teaching Methods & Learning Styles (general), After School, Tutoring & Out-of-School Programs

Children’s development in the earliest years of life, particularly from birth through age 5, lays the foundation for future success. The relationships and experiences children have in these early years foster their social, emotional, physical, and intellectual development. For many reasons, including the increase in the number of dual-earner parents and working single parents over the past five decades, a majority of children younger than age 5 regularly participate in some type of child care. As of 2014, nearly 11 million children younger than age 5 were enrolled in child care each week. Understanding the role of child care in supporting children’s learning and development during the early years is therefore critical.

Child care can be formal or informal nonparental care provided to children by relatives ...

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