ERIC Number: ED284675
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Preschool Nonattenders: The Relationship of Alternative Child Care Arrangements to Kindergarten Readiness.
Popwell, Emma Pace
The study explored whether combinations of child care arrangements and sociodemographic characteristics were associated with kindergarten readiness, similar to the common effects for formal preschool intervention programs. The profile of preschool nonattenders was compared to kindergarten students within the same school who attended formal preschool programs. A sample of 579 kindergarten students with no significant preschool experience was identified at 23 schools. A Day Care Survey mailed to parents was used to collect information on the description and the educational dimensions of the alternative child care arrangement used by parents during the day on weekdays, the year preceding the child's enrollment in kindergarten. The reports of assessment results for the Developmental Indicators for the Assessment of Learning (DIAL) and the Ready Steps Language Survey were used as measures of kindergarten readiness. The findings indicated that certain combinations of sociodemographic characteristics and educational dimensions of the alternative child care arrangement were associated with a high level of kindergarten readiness; and that kindergarten students with this combination of variables in the alternative child care setting demonstrated a level of readiness equal to the average for students within the same school who attended formal preschool programs. (Author/PCB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Washington, DC, April 20-24, 1987).