Professional child care services have become an increasingly important component of early childhood education. Both centre-based care and family day care have come a long way from the day nurseries of the 19th century, with acceptance of and demand for organised child care increasing rapidly. The highlights of this third volume include: Roger Neugenbauer on the future of child care as acceptance, demand, and concern for quality grow; Alice Sterling Honig's historical overview of child care; Carollee Howes on child outcomes; Ellen Galinsky and Bernice Weissbourd on the economic and psychological benefits of family-based child care; K. Eileen Allen on child care for special populations, including children and families with health and behavioural problems, HIV/AIDS, or child abuse and substance abuse backgrounds; Patricia G. Ramsey's multicultural perspective on child care; Susan Kontos on family day care homes; Michelle Seligson and Ellen Gannett on before- and after-school care for latchkey children; Paula Jorde Bloom on staffing issues; Thelma Harms on designing child care settings to maximise the quality of child outcomes; and Bernard Spodek and Olivia N.
Saracho on evolving patterns of child care. This volume aims to be of interest to early childhood education professionals, child care planners and policy makers, and the teachers, caregivers, and parents whose daily decisions affect the growth and development of all children in organised child care.