Meeting the Needs of the Youngest Infants in Child Care

Source: Amanda Perez and Sandy Petersen, Zero to Three, Vol. 29 no. 3, January 2009
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Children may enter group care at very young ages. Developmentally, newborns (from birth to 4 months old) offer unique opportunities and challenges for child care providers. Are child care programs ready? This article explores the challenges of serving a newborn in child care from three perspectives: that of the infant, that of the parents, and that of the caregiver. Particular attention is given to fussy babies. Recommendations are offered for child care administrators, family support practitioners, child care trainers, and policymakers.

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