Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)


Education and Human Development

First Advisor

Dr. Gerald Begy


This study was conducted to investigate the perceptions of both kindergarten teachers and parents of kindergartners as to what characteristics are important for a child to have in order to be ready for kindergarten.

Twenty-one teachers and thirty-two parents anonymously recorded their perceptions on questionnaires distributed by Rochester area elementary schools. The questionnaire also asked where these characteristics were thought to have been initially developed, and what one single characteristic they believed to be the most important. In addition, the parent questionnaire asked if the child had attended day care or preschool and for how long. Responses were separated and analyzed for similarities and differences and are listed in Table 1. Recordings of the most important characteristic appear in Table 2.

The number and variety of responses from parents and teachers supports that there are just as many definitions of the ready child as there are children.