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CRN International Symposium 2000
The Child Care Paradox: Choices in Children's Development

- Support for Working Mothers by Learning from the NICHD Study of Early Child Care -

Child Research Net (CRN) hosted International Symposium 2000 on the theme "The Child Care Paradox: Choices in Children's Development." The focus of the symposium was the NICHD Study of Early Child Care by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) in the United States. Over the past ten years, the institute has been conducting follow-up studies on the relationship between child care experiences and characteristics and developmental outcomes in young children. Believing this research to be useful in considering child raising issues and early child care that supports working mothers, CRN opened this public symposium to a wide range of people engaged in child care, medicine, and research as well as parents and guardians.

The symposium featured speakers on the NICHD study as well as time for informal talks during lunch and a panel discussion. In this way, it aimed to serve as a forum for an exchange of views transcending disciplines and fields of specialty.

Post-sympoisum Discussion

Views of Panelists

Views of Participants

The Cultural Milieu of Child Care : A Dialogue between
Sarah L. Friedman, Ph.D. and Miya Omori, Ed.D.

Symposium Program

Date and Venue:
July 9, 2000
Benesse Corporation, Tokyo Head Office, Main Hall, 13 F

Approximately 300 people working in child care, nursery school teachers, physicians, researchers, parents, etc.

Program: see Summary of Symposium Day
see Photos of Symposium Day
10:00 Opening
10:15 Keynote Address 1 "Is Parenting Diminished by Child Care? Relations Between Family Characteristics, Young Children's Experiences in Child Care and Children's Developmental Outcomes"
By Sarah L. Friedman of NICHD
11:15 Keynote Address 2 "Current Situation and Awareness of Working Mothers in Japan"
By Yuko Takaki of Koriyama Women's University and researcher of Benesse Educational Research Center
12:15 Lunch Talk (Participants are welcome to exchange views with speakers and panelists during lunch. There will be a charge for lunch.)
13:30 Panel Discussion "The Child Care Paradox: Choices in Children's Development"
16:00 Closing
Panelists :
Sarah L. Friedman, Ph.D., Project Scientist/ Scientific Coordinator of The NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development, NICHD, Developmental Psychologist
Toshimichi Matsumoto, M.D., Permanent Trustee, Japan Society for Well-being of Nursery-schoolers, Pediatrician
Nobuko Uchida,Ph.D., Professor, Ochanomizu University, Developmental Psychology
Kazuko Imai, Professor, Tokyo Seitoku Junior College, Nursery Science

Moderator :
Eiko Makita, Free-lance writer on child rearing

Hosted by:
Child Research Net

Co-hosted by:
Japan Society for Well-being of Nursery-schoolers

Supported by:
The Japanese Society of Infant Behavioral Research
Konan Women's University International Center for Child Study
Benesse Corporation
and Benesse Educational Research Center

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