Choosing a daycare is one of the most important decisions a parent can make. Throughout history, it has been acknowledged that high quality early educational experiences benefit children socially, economically, and emotionally, perhaps accounting for early beginning of the day care movement. Day care first appeared appeared in France around 1840 and was formally recognized by the French government in 1869. In the U.S., the welfare and reform movements of the 19th century spurred on the appearance of day care, and today, day care and preschool programs are praised for the opportunities they present to children intellectually, socially, and emotionally. In fact, studies show that children who attend preschool are 24% more likely to attend four-year colleges.
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