ERIC Number: ED282644
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr-25
Reference Count: 0
Kindergarten Alternatives for the Child Who Is "Not Ready": Problems and Policy Issues.
While a child's eligibility to enter kindergarten is usually based on chronological age, public schools are increasingly concerned about children who appear not ready for a regular kindergarten program. Alternative programs, often termed "developmental" kindergartens, have developed rapidly over the past few years, largely under local school district initiative, and serve children without definition or regulation by state departments of education. The aims of this study were to (1) examine developmental kindergarten programs in Michigan to determine the availability, characteristics, and operation of programs; and (2) formulate policy issues. Current practice in 170 school districts with developmental kindergartens reflects diversity in many areas of program operation and raises important policy issues. A single screening test administered 3 to 5 months prior to scheduled school entry was typically used to select children. School readiness was determined by commercial tests, locally derived instruments, and combination tests. Developmental kindergarten programs tended to supplement regular kindergarten, as children are enrolled in regular kindergarten after a year of developmental experience. Teacher expectations for children in regular kindergarten and developmental kindergarten differ markedly and may serve to escalate school concerns that increasing numbers of children entering school are not ready for the regular kindergarten curriculum. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (Baltimore, MD, April 23-26, 1987).