March 16, 2012

Institutional Care for Young Children Article

Carole Shauffer is one of the authors of the article Institutional Care for Young Children: Review of Literature and Policy Implications, that appears in the March 2012 issue of Social Issues and Policy Review. The other authors are Mary Dozier, Charles H. Zeanah, and Allison R. Wallin.

Here is an abstract of the article:

Millions of infants and toddlers are in institutional care around the world, care that is poorly suited to meet young children’s developmental needs. In this article, we briefly review the history of institutional care and surrogate care. We then discuss why institutional care is at odds with children’s needs, and review the empirical evidence regarding the effects of institutional care on young children’s development. Finally, we discuss alternatives to institutional care, and make recommendations for changes.