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Benefits of Early Child Care Studied

Posted April 3, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— A new study conducted by researchers at UNC-Chapel Hill breaks some new ground on the importance of early child care to childhood development. The Franklin Porter Graham Center cites several factors important to quality child care.

The first factor is frequent talking to infants followed by offering positive responses to infants. Formal child care arrangements for infants is next on the list.

The research shows infants who receive quality care are better prepared for school and have higher self esteem.

North Carolina, by the way, has been determined to have one of the highest child-to-caregiver ratios in the country. According to state rules, carefibers can care for up to five infants at a time, with infants defined as being children less than a year old.

For children between ages one and two, the ratio allowed is six toddlers per caregiver.