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Cochrane for the Clinician
October 2003

Day Care for Preschool Children

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2003;157(10):956. doi:10.1001/archpedi.157.10.956

The debate about how, where and by whom young children should be looked after has occupied much social policy and media attention in recent years.

To quantify the effects of out-of-home day care for preschool children on educational, health and welfare outcomes for children and their families.

Randomized controlled trials of day care for preschool children were identified using electronic databases, hand searches of relevant literature, and contact with authors.

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