Child, Youth, and Family Studies, Department of


Date of this Version

November 1995


Published in Journal of Marriage and the Family 57:4 (1995), pp. 1127–28. Copyright © 1995 National Council on Family Relations. Used by permission.


Jean Ispa first observed and studied Soviet child care centers in 1993–94 as part of her doctoral research on toddler social behavior. In 1991, just before the demise of the Soviet Union, she returned to Russia for an intensive 3 months of research on current practices. Growing up in a household of Russian immigrants, she is fluent in the Russian language. Her knowledge of Russian language and culture, coupled with the long time horizon of her experience with American and Russian systems of education, render this new book a particularly enlightening, thoughtful, and balanced description of a system of child care outside our country.