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Family Experiences and Parent Satisfaction with 4-year-old Kindergarten in Wisconsin



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Report A Family Experiences and Parent Satisfaction with 4 year old Kindergarten in Wisconsin Wisconsin Child Care Research Partnership Diane Adams Jason Bierbrauer David Edie Angela Fisher David Riley Mary Roach Allen Robinson Alan Sweet Chavameth Vinijtrongjit March 2006 For the Early Education Matters project Wisconsin Council on Children Families with funding from The Joyce Foundation Acknowledgements This research study on 4 year old kindergarten was a team effort with the early design of research questions done in consultation with Rachel Schumacher and Danielle Ewen from the Center for Law Social Policy Paula Evenson and Jon Peacock of the Wisconsin Council on Children Families and Jill Haglund from the Department of Public Instruction The Research Partnership team exhibited focused attention to detail in conducting this research Mary Roach Diane Adams and Jason Bierbrauer created the instruments and sampling system needed to gather information from school districts individual schools offering 4 year old kindergarten parents and collaborating site partners in local communities Deb Zeman helped design the system for mailing surveys reply envelopes and packets to teachers and parents in districts Angie Fisher aided in many stages of recording receipt of questionnaires and making follow up contacts with non respondents as well as in summarizing the qualitative data on parent and teacher attitudes toward 4K Chavameth Jack Vinijtrongjit designed the on line version of the surveys to teachers and parents so that data could be recorded electronically Allen Robinson designed and sent the e mail survey instrument to all 416 elementary school districts in Wisconsin designed Access databases for each group in the study entered all data and did many of the analyses for this report It is only because of the staff s persistent efforts that we were able to achieve a 100 return from the e mail survey 100 return from the district sites involved in community approach 4K for



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