Drop the hyperbole!

New childcare research is not as categorical as it appears

August 12, 2010 | by Andrea Mrozek , Manager of Research and Communications, Institute of Marriage and Family Canada
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    McLaren, L. (August 6, 2010). Ditch the guilt, working moms: The kids are all right. The Globe and Mail. Retrieved August 11, 2010 from http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/style/ditch-the-guiltworking-moms-the-kids-are-all-right/article1664820/ Janet Bagnall wrote about the August 2010 American release, while Leah McLaren referred to a 2009 study from England.
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  4. Ibid, p. ix.
  5. Ibid, p. 15.
  6. Ibid, p. 18.
  7. Ibid, p. 63.
  8. Belsky, J., Burchinal, M., Lowe Vandell, D., Steinberg, L., Vandergrift, N. (May/June 2010). Do effects of early child care extend to age 15 years? Results from the NICHD study of early child care and youth development. Child Development, pp. 737-756.
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