Day Care Linked With Less Crime

WASHINGTON, April 28 -- Ground-breaking research shows that the failure to assure families access to child care is multiplying the number of children growing up to be violent, according to a new report presented to the White House and members of Congress today.

The good news according to the report is that government action to expand access to quality child development programs can greatly reduce youth violence. The report is called America's Child Care Crisis: A Crime Prevention Tragedy. It was prepared by an expert panel convened by Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, an anti-crime group of over 700 police chiefs, sheriffs, prosecutors, victims of violence, and youth violence experts. The authors are pediatrician T. Berry Brazelton of Harvard; Yale child development expert Edward Zigler; University of Pennsylvania criminologist Lawrence Sherman; two former police chiefs, William Bratton of New York and Jerry Sanders of San Diego, each of whom achieved record crime reductions in their cities; and Fight Crime: Invest in Kids president Sanford Newman, and research director William Christeson.

Dr. Brazelton, a well-known pediatrician and the author of a number of books on child development, emphasized that "rigorous scientific research now proves the early childhood development programs that help kids in so many other ways are also our most powerful weapons in the fight against youth violence."

Major Studies Greatly Strengthen Link Between Day Care and Less Crime

Three major new studies of thousands of children show that early childhood development programs can achieve extraordinary reductions in behavior problems, crime and violence: