Academic journal article The Future of Children

Statement of Purpose

Academic journal article The Future of Children

Statement of Purpose

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The primary purpose of The Future of Children is to disseminate timely information on major issues related to children's well-being, with special emphasis on providing objective analysis and evaluation, translating existing knowledge into effective programs and policies, and promoting constructive institutional change. In attempting to achieve these objectives, we are targeting a multidisciplinary audience of national leaders, including policymakers, practitioners, legislators, executives, and professionals in the public and private sectors. This publication is intended to complement, not duplicate, the kind of technical analysis found in academic journals and in the general coverage of children's issues by the popular press and special interest groups.

This issue of the journal focuses on the daily care of the nation's youngest children-those between birth and age three. During these years, the infant's brain and body, mind and personality take shape in a way that reflects both inherent biological factors and environmental influences. Early development feeds on everyday experiences of learning and nurturance that are managed by the infant's caregivers. But how is caregiving itself managed by today's families? The articles in this issue probe the striking shift in caregiving arrangements for children under age three, now that 61% of their mothers are in the labor force and more than half of them begin some form of regular child care before their first birthday. …

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