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Kindergarten Readiness

Statement of Thesis

***** research and evidence does not appear to support the correlation ***** long-range academic achievement and student success for students who have attended academic versus developmental pre-kindergarten program. The purpose of this study is to determine if both programs provide the children with a head start on their educational journey. Also the study will determine ***** one approach over the other effectively addresses 1) personal and social competencies 3) effectiveness in learning 3) Physical and motor competencies; and 4) safety and health.


Laurel Hall School, along ***** many other school districts and private schools are asking the question, what best prepares students to begin their school careers and is there a long-term impact on their overall achievement by choosing ***** approach over the other?

In a ***** in rel*****ti***** to the links between early care for children ***** education ***** readiness the findings have shown the vital aspect ***** learning experiences ***** young children most specifically for ***** ***** are disadvantaged in some *****. (Love, Schochet, and Meckstroth; 1996) *****re are various elements that can impact or affect the readiness of the child for entering kindergarten. Socioeconomic factors may ***** ***** child as well as the preschool experience. Children bring ***** types of ***** experiences as well as social/personal experiences with them as they enter into *****. The school systems are expected to be prepared ***** dealing with the diversity that is inclusive in the comb*****ed experiences of the *****ren. Questions answered in the study are stated to ***** as follows:

What percentage of public elementary schools nationwide had prekindergarten classes? What percentage ********** general education and special education ***** classes?

How many children were enrolled in prekindergarten classes at public elementary schools? ***** were ***** age, racial, and ethnic characteristics of these *****?

How many ***** classes were offered in public elementary schools, and how were they distributed between general education and special *****? What was the average size of these *****?

How many teachers were responsible for teaching prekindergarten classes, and what was their education level? How did their pay comp***** ***** that of ***** ***** in the school district?

What percentage ***** public elementary ***** reported that prekindergarten children received transportation, meals, and extended day care services, and ***** ***** of prekindergarten ***** received those services?

Data was taken from 19,900 ***** elementary schools with prekindergarten classes which represent *****5% of all regular and ***** education public schools in the U.S. Indications from the study state ***** ***** was "a positive relationship between ***** elementary schools offer*****g prekindergarten ***** and school size ranging from 28 percent of small schools to 42 percent of large schools. Secondly, schools in the southeast U.S. were those most likely "to offer prekindergarten classes compared ***** about 30 to 35% of public elementary schools in other regions of the country. Other key findings are as follows:

There was a positive relationship between public elementary schools ********** prekindergarten classes and school size, 1 ***** from 28 percent


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