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The dog that didn't bark: Preschool education and middle-school attitudes in Tulsa

Resource Type: Reports & Papers
Author(s): Phillips, Deborah A.; Anderson, Sara; Gormley, Jr., William T.
Date Issued: 2018
Description: To examine associations between participation in Tulsa's preschool programs and a set of middle-school attitudes, we used propensity score weighting to compare the Tulsa Public Schools (TPS) pre-K participants and, separately, the Community Action Project (CAP) Head Start participants to students who had attended neither TPS pre-K nor Head Start as 4-year olds. In the context of very few significant findings, positive associations were found between pre-K participation (in both the TPS pre-K and CAP Head Start programs) and the students' attitudes about grit as assessed with the goal-setting subscale. Head Start participation was also associated with more cautionary views of risky sexual behavior. The results are discussed with regard to prevailing hypotheses guiding research on long-term pre-K impacts, measurement challenges, and expectations of pre-K education. (author abstract)
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Journal Title: Applied Developmental Science
Volume Number: 22
Issue Number: 3
Page Range: 200-216
Topics: Programs, Interventions & Curricula > Programs > Early Head Start/Head Start

Programs, Interventions & Curricula > Programs > Public Prekindergarten
Country: United States
ISSN: 1088-8691 Paper
1532-480X Online
Peer Reviewed: yes
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