Nationwide, greater than 80 percent of all children have participated in day care by the age of four. Early child care and education initiatives such as this and preschool can have an overwhelmingly positive effect on a childs development, from the more obvious reasons to the less overt benefits.
Day care as a social institution began as a result of the reform movement and welfare improvements in the 1800s. While World War II raged on, 400,000 preschool children were the beneficiaries of United States government sponsored, subsidized child care. Contemporary day care activities can help kickstart a childs social skills while helping him or her to grow accustomed to daily educational tasks.