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Supporting KDE’s Strategic Research Plan and State Kindergarten readiness goals

Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) needed a data-savvy partner to help address key questions on kindergarten readiness in its strategic research plan. By partnering with Hanover Research, KDE gathered key data on its progress toward its goal of 64.1% kindergarten readiness by 2017.

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1. Do students’ kindergarten readiness rates differ by their Pre-K care settings?

2. Does the availability of each Pre-K care setting type differ across Kentucky’s regional networks?

3. Do differences in the availability of Pre-K care settings correlate with the kindergarten readiness of a regional network?

KDOE_HanoverApproach3 Descriptive Analyses: Hanover collected state-level public data to compare kindergarten readiness percentages between student groups from the following Pre-K care setting types:

  • State-funded
  • Head Start
  • Child Care/Private Preschool
  • Home Care
  • Other
Cross-Reference Data:  To identify regional trends in Pre-K care setting availability, Hanover employed a three-step approach with district-level data:

  1. Match districts to their corresponding regional networks
  2. Aggregate district enrollments for all Pre-K care settings
  3. Divide Pre-K care setting enrollments by total enrollments in each network to determine availability percentages
Regression Analyses: Hanover estimated associations between kindergarten readiness percentages and the number of Pre-K care settings available.

Regression Formula: KDOE-formula2

KDOE_HanoverTakeaway Child Care Students are More Kindergarten Ready
 Students from child care settings have the highest kindergarten readiness rate (70%), while students from home settings have the lowest (38%).KDOE_Schoolc
Gaps Exist in Pre-K Care Setting Availability

  • Certain regional networks have significantly fewer state-funded child care settings
  • State funded centers enroll
    the greatest percentage of
    students across the five networks KDOE-kmap
Number of Available Settings Predicts  Kindergarten Readiness
Schools with four Pre-K care settings have a higher kindergarten readiness rate than schools with no prior settings  (3.72 percentage points).KDOE-kmap2

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