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VPK Teachers’ Education Level Does Not Substantially Influence Kindergarten Readiness Scores; Program and Provider Differences Affect Readiness Rates, Report No. 12-06, February 2012
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  • While children taught by teachers with a bachelor’s degree or higher performed slightly better on kindergarten readiness assessments than children taught by teachers with a child development associate (CDA), there was not a substantial difference. There was essentially no difference in the readiness scores of children taught by bachelor’s degree teachers and those taught by teachers holding associate’s degrees.
  • VPK School-Year Program participants performed better on kindergarten readiness assessments than those in the VPK Summer Program; children in three-hour or six-hour VPK programs performed about the same on these assessments.
  • Kindergarten readiness rates were about the same for public and private providers; children from faith-based VPK settings performed better on readiness assessments than children from other types of VPK providers.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Early Learning Programs

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 10-57 Steps Taken to Improve the VPK Program; Additional Actions Needed To Increase Program Accountability,published in November 2010.
  • Report No. 08-61 Early Learning Coalitions’ Administration and Program Support Expenses Vary Widely; Opinions Divided on Coalition Efficiency,published in October 2008.
  • Report No. 08-35 The Governance Structure of Florida’s Early Education Programs Presents Some Administrative Challenges,published in June 2008.
  • Report No. 08-23 61% of Voluntary Prekindergarten Children Are Ready for Kindergarten; Accountability Process Needs Improvement,published in April 2008.
  • Report No. 06-60 Progress Report: School Readiness Guidance and Communication Improve; Fiscal Issues, Evaluation Need Attention,published in August 2006.

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