Date of Award


Document Type

Non Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education




Early Childhood Education

Capstone Instructor

Lynn Gehrke

Second Reader

Cecelia Westby


developmentally appropriate practices, kindergarten


Full day kindergarten programs that are developmentally appropriate offer many advantages for teachers, parents, and students. Developmentally appropriate full day kindergarten settings are essential for young children's healthy development. The developmentally appropriate kindergarten teaches to the whole child and helps a child to grow in all areas: socially, emotionally, cognitively, physically, creatively, and spiritually. It is essential that the kindergarten teacher and school administration provide parent education on the benefits of a developmentally appropriate kindergarten as part of a successful full day program. Many methods of explaining developmentally appropriate curriculum to full day kindergarten parents in an informative and timely manner must be utilized by the school. Ways to build partnerships with parents in a developmentally appropriate classroom are explored.


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