Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The cost of inequality: The importance of investing in high quality early childhood education programs
by Keith, Rebecca S., Ph.D., University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, 2017, 128; 10269228
Abstract (Summary)

The focus of this dissertation was to explore the importance of high quality early education in later secondary education development, quantifying quality in early childhood education programs, and examining how teacher education contributes to quality of early childhood education programs. For phase I, early childhood education positively associated with improved eighth grade state proficiency percentages in the mathematics and writing summative assessment scores. When examining scoring procedures for Colorado Shines QRIS in phase II, programs that accepted Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP), were not part of Colorado Preschool Program (CPP), had children that spoke more than one language, and accepted infants overall scored the lowest scores of early education programs. Phase III results showed that teachers with bachelor’s degrees did not significantly improve overall student mathematics and literacy scores under TS Gold compared to students of teachers that did not have bachelor’s degrees.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Ramirez, Al
Commitee: Harmon, Corinne, Mendez, Sylvia, Scott, Margaret, Taylor, Joseph
School: University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
Department: College of Education-Leadership, Research and Foundations
School Location: United States -- Colorado
Source: DAI-A 78/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational evaluation, Economics, Early childhood education
Keywords: Access to education, Early childhood education, Inequality, Preschool, Teacher education
Publication Number: 10269228
ISBN: 9781369717174
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