I know this is a touchy issue, but was wondering if anyone has any good resources for the effects of daycare on children. I just started putting my 1 year old in daycare 2 days a week and am feeling very guilty even though I know I shouldn't! I just want to be sure that I am doing the right thing. I really need to work part time to make ends meet, but at the same time I want to understand what the impact is for my baby.
There is a whole lot of research out there on the effects of full time daycare but I can't seem to find anything about part time daycare. The research seems to indicate that kids who are in daycare full time tend to be slightly more advanced in reading/math, but slightly more aggressive and less socially adjusted. That seems weird. Everyone always says, "oh you're kid is able to socialize with other kids in daycare...". So then why does the research show just the opposite? Is the research flawed? What have you heard? What do you believe?
Anyone who has gone through this and has any thoughts or advice to offer, I'd love to hear it! Thanks!