CARING ABOUT DAY CARE

I REALLY ENJOYED WALT HARRINGTON'S

article on day care {"Days of Their Lives," July 15}. I am 25 years old and a single parent of one. I have had my son in day care for four years. It took me three months to find one I was pleased with. I checked out seven centers and six were dirty and disorganized. The one I selected had a very good director and caring teachers. We really need help with our day-care system, and I think Mr. Harrington's article will open a lot of eyes.

WANDA CARROLL

Falls Church

SOMETHING IN YOUR DAY-CARE ARTICLE

has my maternal instincts all a-bristle!

I was shocked to see the photograph of one of Charlene Anthony's students on the timeout chair facing the wall. The message here is: "You and your behavior are not acceptable enough for you even to be seen! We will pretend you don't exist." As a frequent user of the timeout chair, I can attest that this method can be effective without the unnecessary humiliation of facing a child toward the wall. They can be removed gently from the activity and given the message that their behavior is unacceptable, without the stronger message that they are unacceptable.

LISA HOLLIDAY

Fairfax

YOUR DAY-CARE ARTICLE PORTRAYED

today's parents as unknowledgeable and insensitive to their children's needs.

One of the things it failed to realize is that day-care centers do not raise children -- parents do. Certainly centers contribute to a child's development, but to imply that day-care providers have taken the place of parents is unjust.

GEORGIA DANDENEAU

Ashton

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