Quality Childcare Prepares At-Risk Children for Kindergarten
The positive impact of high-quality early childhood programs on school readiness has been documented. These results have been especially true for at-risk children. In the current research, children aged birth to 4 years were identified as being at risk and received scholarships for childcare in one of eight licensed high-quality centers. The children who used the scholarships—the treatment group—were compared to those who did not use them or those who used them for only a short time—the control group. When children entered kindergarten, the Brigance Early Childhood Screen II K & 1 was used to evaluate their readiness. The method was a quasi-experimental, posttest only design. Children in the treatment group scored significantly higher on the Brigance than the children in the control group. The results reconfirm and support the early childhood literature demonstrating the positive impact of quality childcare, especially for at-risk children.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: September 1, 2015
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