My wife and I are expecting our first child in January and like good yuppies we are looking for full-time daycare for when our daughter reaches 4 months or so. Right now we are considering three places. One of them made a point of telling us that they start teaching the kids some basic reading, writing, counting etc skills starting in the third year. When we then asked the other two places if they did something similar they seemed surprised at the idea of trying to teach kids so young. And a couple of family members we spoke to seemed to feel that teaching anything at such an early age would be a wasted effort, or worse, would put unnecessary pressure on the kids.
I know that there are a million different schools of thought on everything related to childraising, but I wanted to see what Dopers thought about this. Since I expect most of the responses will be anecdotal I am putting this in IMHO. In case I get lots of factual information, the Mods are free to move this to GQ.