The purpose of this study was to determine whether the effects of participation in the Florida Voluntary Prekindergarten Program are sustained in kindergarten reading readiness for those who participated in the research school district VPK, those who participated in another provider VPK, and compared to those who did not participate in VPK. Select stakeholder perceptions were also gathered and analyzed, to include research school district parents of VPK participants, research school district VPK instructors, and research school district administrators. Academic effects were analyzed for VPK participants and non-VPK participants in 2012-2013 within their kindergarten 2013-2014 school year using the FAIR-K portion of the Florida Kindergarten Readiness Screener as well as the Discovery Education Early Skills Assessment for Kindergarten English/Language Arts Performance Measurement Assessment 1. Using a one way analysis of variance (ANOVA) it was determined that participation in VPK produces greater reading readiness in kindergarten. Statistically significant differences were found among the means of research school district VPK participants, another provider VPK participants, and non-VPK participants. On average, VPK participants, regardless of provider, exhibited significantly enhanced reading readiness skills than their non-VPK participant peers within both measurements. Stakeholder perceptions included the successful and challenging elements of leading and teaching VPK within the research school district as well as how parents come to the decision of selecting the research school district as their VPK provider of choice over other available providers.
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Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
College of Education and Human Performance
Teaching, Learning and Leadership
Educational Leadership; Executive
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Doctoral Dissertation (Open Access)
Hanshaw, Brandon, "The Impact of Voluntary Prekindergarten on Kindergarten Reading Readiness in a Large Suburban School District in 2012-2014" (2016). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 5180.