Universal Pre-Kindergarten (Universal Pre-K) refers to government-funded preschool programs by the state (Rock, 2018). Universal Pre-kindergarten is an initiative to enhance children’s cognitive development and learning before entering kindergarten (Atchison, Parker & Diffey, 2017). Universal Pre-Kindergarten is a controversial topic due to the cost of sending students, which requires funding from the government (Rock, 2018). By conducting research through a literature review, I hope to discover the pros and cons of the effects of universal Pre-K on children’s educational trajectories as well as their cognitive development and social/emotional skills. Through research I hope to come to a concrete conclusion supported by evidence about the nature of the impact of universal Pre-K on student learning and development by focusing on the political aspects, and the effects on students of varying socioeconomic status. This data is critical to the Early childhood field because Pre-K is the beginning of education, and not all students attend, which has the potential to impact students’ future learning.
Early Childhood Education
Dr. Heather Pacheco-Guffrey, Thesis Advisor
Dr. Andrea Cayson, Committee Member
Dr. Jeanne Ingle, Committee Member
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Royek, Megan. (2019). The Effects of Universal Pre-Kindergarten on School Readiness. In BSU Honors Program Theses and Projects. Item 395. Available at: https://vc.bridgew.edu/honors_proj/395
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