Quality daycare offers a plethora of benefits for the children who attend, but using daycare can help their mothers, too.  In her post, “The Surprising Benefit of Daycare,” HuffPost Parents managing editor, Farah L. Miller, shares some unexpected benefits that she found in an article written by Meera Lee Sethi for the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkley.  Sethi concludes that “mothers using childcare reap social, psychological, and even financial rewards.”

Among other benefits, she outlined the following:

  • The socialization that comes from the formation of friendships among daycare parents
  • Low-income mothers benefit the most because of the informal support networks that are formed (decreased depression and better financial status)

See Sethi’s article for more ways that using daycare helps mothers:  http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/how_childcare_boosts_social_capital/