What is the importance of a prekindergarten program to achievement and school success for students in rural Chatham County, North Carolina?

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Linda Maness McMasters (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Charles M. Achilles

Abstract: The primary purpose of this study was to evaluate the Early Adventures Program, a school-based prekindergarten in Chatham County, North Carolina. Twenty-five prekindergarten students were compared to an equivalent control group with no school-based prekindergarten experience after two to three years of schooling. Important factors studied include: academic achievement, school attendance, and teacher and parental judgments of school success. The results of this study showed that achievement on reading and math sub-tests of the Comprehensive Test of Basic Skills (CTBS) and annual academic grades reported by the classroom teachers in reading and math revealed higher mean scores for Treatment than for Comparison students. Students in the Treatment group were not found to attend school more, to experience fewer retentions or special placements, or to experience fewer referrals to the principal's office for discipline. Parents and teachers rated Treatment and Comparison students as adjusted to school. Teachers indicted greater school success and leadership generally for Treatment students.

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Language: English
Date: 1991
Education, Preschool $z North Carolina $z Chatham County
Preschool teaching $z North Carolina $z Chatham County
Preschool children $z North Carolina $z Chatham County

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