Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

School Name

Annsley Frazier Thornton School of Education



Major Advisor

Dr. Kathleen Cooter


The 2013-2014 school year brought mandated school readiness screenings to 173 school districts across the state of Kentucky. According to the Governor’s Task Force on early childhood development and education (2012), school readiness is defined as: each child enters school ready to engage in and benefit from early learning experiences that best promote the child’s success. To assess whether students were school ready the use of the Brigance© Screens III was implemented across the state. This study investigated the impact of enrollment in half and full-day Head Start programs on kindergarten readiness for students in Kentucky as measured by the Brigance© Screens III. The Brigance© scores were analyzed using the composite score and subdomain scores which are reported as ready, not ready, or ready with supports. A multivariate analysis of variance, or MANOVA, was utilized to examine if there was a significant difference in full or half-day readiness outcomes.