Title of the Dissertation:
The Impact of Prior Settings In Early Childhood On Kindergarten Readiness
Written by April Trent
The early childhood problem researched in the dissertation along with a brief explanation of the study—study purpose, population/participants, methodology, data sources, and conclusions:
This study is made up of research questions. Does participation in prior early childhood settings increase kindergarten readiness out comes for children? The other, Which prior early childhood settings will have the greatest impact on kindergarten readiness when considering these four categories; public preschool, private childcare, Head Start, or no prior setting? The purpose is to inform public policy and the funding of preschool education programs. Along with program development and school district practices. Through the data collected in the study differences will be demonstrated in preparedness levels of children from various early learning programs as well as children who do not attend programs. This is a quantitative Study of 737 students entering into kindergarten in the Kentucky public school system. The students are screened using the Brigance Assessment, which admittedly by the research could be flawed in certain areas. This Brigance screener is required of every student entering into Kindergarten in the state of Kentucky.
Three Resources Used and their relevance:
Bredekamp, S. & Copple, C. (Eds.). (2009). Developmentally appropriate practice in early childhood programs: Serving children from birth through age 8. Washington, DC: National Association of Education for Young Children. :
I have used Bredekamp and Copple's works through out my many years as a college student, as well as in my daily professional life. This text is often a required resource or text for many a college course. I find the use of this text for this research not only appropriate but necessary.
Hart, B., & Risley, T. R. (2003). The early catastrophe: The 30 million word gap by age 3. American educator, 27(1), 4-9. :
This is another resource of hers that I have also used over the years in my course work and has been a listed resource in many of my classes over the years. This applies to her work as it focuses on the gap in language acquisition between the poorest of children to the wealthiest. It focuses on the difference Early Education is on the life of the young child. Which is the focus on this dissertation.
Benner, A. D., Boyle, A. E., & Sadler, S. (2016). Parental involvement and adolescents’ educational success: The roles of prior achievement and socioeconomic status. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 45(6), 1053-1064. :
This work is important to Trent's research as it helps to show the the effects of parenting on a child's development in the pre- school years. This gives her a well rounded view of the impacts both parenting and Early childhood settings has on a child.
How the information gleaned from this dissertation may further your work related to fostering supportive learning environments through positive classroom cultures and classroom communities:
This dissertation discussed the importance of the early learning classroom, and the importance of the time spent in these environments. It reiterated the need for quality early learning experiences for young children. Moving forward I would like to learn more about the Brigance screening process as a tool to possibly be used in my own assessments of preschool students. It is also a reminder of advocating within my community amongst parents for the support of early learning programs and how essential they are to a young child. It is also important to advocate amongst policy holders, so that they may support to education of young children as well as supporting quality programs.
Trent, A. R. (2019). The impact of prior settings in early childhood on kindergarten readiness (Order No. 13880013). Available from ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (2235985997). Retrieved from https://ezp.waldenulibrary.org/login?qurl=https%3A%2F%2Fsearch.proquest.com%2Fdocview%2F2235985997%3Faccountid%3D14872