AN EVALUATION OF THE EFFICACY OF PRESCHOOL PARTICIPATION UPON KINDERGARTEN READINESS

Publication Year:
2018
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Repository URL:
https://firescholars.seu.edu/coe/20
Author(s):
Sellers, Simone
Tags:
early childhood; education; preschool; Curriculum and Instruction; Early Childhood Education; Education
thesis / dissertation description
The purpose of this quantitative study was to explore whether children who attended a full day of preschool were better prepared for kindergarten than those who attended a part-time program or no program at all. Two levels of the independent variable, preschool participation, were utilized: (a) full-time participation and (b) part-time or no participation. Readiness rates among children who attended a public preschool in a large school district in Florida were examined using standardized academic achievement scores as dependent variables. When looking at kindergarten readiness, males who attended preschool scored higher academic levels than males who attended no preschool. However, female participants outscored male participants in comparisons where neither gender attended preschool. The results show that children would profit by attending some preschool program, as their attendance improves the probability of actual readiness for kindergarten.