101194: The NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development

Findings for Children up to Age 4 1/2 Years

About the Course:

The 62-page booklet used as the basis for this course describes the findings from the NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development (SECCYD). The NICHD started the SECCYD in 1991 to collect information about different non-maternal child care arrangements, about children and families who use these arrangements and those who do not, and child outcomes. The course material explains the Study’s findings for children from birth to age 4 1/2 years.


National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, NIH, DHHS.

Publication Date:

January 2006



Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially psychologists, counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about the effects of early child care on issues regarding childhood development. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Identify and explain the major findings of the study used as the basis of this course.

  2. Define quality, quantity, and types of child care.

  3. Describe how family features play a role in child development.

  4. Identify sources of additional information.

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