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Published in Child Development 74:4 (July/August 2003), pp. 1021–1033. Copyright © 2003 by the Society for Research in Child Development, Inc. Published by Blackwell Publishing, Inc. DOI 0009-3920/2003/7404-0004 Used by permission. “This article may not exactly replicate the final version published in the SRCD journal. It is not the copy of record.”


Three studies examined associations between early child care and child outcomes among families different from those in the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Early Child Care Research Network study. Results suggest that quality is an important influence on children’s development and may be an important moderator of the amount of time in care. Thus, the generalizability of the NICHD findings may hinge on the context in which those results were obtained. These studies, conducted in three national contexts, with different regulatory climates, ranges of child care quality, and a diversity of family characteristics, suggest a need for more complete estimates of how both quality and quantity of child care may infl uence a range of young children’s developmental outcomes.