Two Year Window & the Theft of Childhood

This article, The Two Year Window by Jonathan Cohn at the New Republic, discusses the new science that confirms what used to be commonsense among uneducated homo sapiens–babies need human interaction and nurture big time–if they are to mature properly.:

APPROXIMATELY SEVEN MILLION American infants, toddlers, and preschoolers get care from somebody other than a relative, whether through organized day care centers or more informal arrangements, according to the Census Bureau. And much of that care is not very good. One widely cited study of child care in four states, by researchers in Colorado, found that only 8 percent of infant care centers were of “good” or “excellent” quality, while 40 percent were “poor.” The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development has found that three in four infant caregivers provide only minimal cognitive and language stimulation—and that more than half of young children in non-maternal care receive “only some” or “hardly any” positive caregiving.

The way to address this problem, it seems, is with government oversight and more funding:

The first two years, however, happen to be the period of a child’s life in which we invest the least. According to research by the Urban Institute and the Brookings Institution, children get about half as many taxpayer resources, per person, as do the elderly. And among children, the youngest get the least. The annual federal investment in elementary school kids approaches $11,000 per child. For infants and toddlers up to age two, it is just over $4,000. 

The last thing I expect to be discussed is home care by mothers, and fathers. Now, that would be a real revolution for some.

–James M. Kushiner

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