Early Childhood Educational Experiences and Preschool Absenteeism

Using a sample of pre-K attendees from 11 states in the United States, we examined whether early childhood educational experiences contribute positively or negatively to later preschool absences

Arya Ansari; Michael A. Gottfried

2020

Scholarcy highlights

  • Using a sample of pre-K attendees from 11 states in the United States, we examined whether early childhood educational experiences contribute positively or negatively to later preschool absences
  • Some of the most important predictors of absences were factors external to the school and classroom environment, there was some evidence to suggest that children who received any out-of-home care at age 3 had fewer absences during the following year with small to moderate effect sizes
  • Children who were exposed to higher quality instructional environments and more academic activities were absent less frequently, the effect sizes were small in magnitude
  • These results highlight malleable early educational experiences that can be targeted to help address the absenteeism epidemic

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