Degree Date


Document Type

Dissertation - Public Access

Degree Name

Ed.S. Educational Specialist

Academic Discipline

Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Sarah Lukas


The expectations of kindergarten students have drastically changed over the years. Kindergarten students who have not attended a voluntary pre-kindergarten (VPK) program may be at a disadvantage in behavior and academics. The purpose of this study is to show the benefits of a VPK program. My study includes kindergarten students at the school under study whose progress monitoring scores in the beginning of the year are compared to student’s scores who have never attended a VPK program, the amount of behavior referrals is also compared. The anticipated results are that kindergarten students who attended VPK will out-perform their peers who did not attend any VPK program. The kindergarten students who attended VPK will have less behavior referrals as well.