Date of Award

Summer 2023

Document Type

Open Access Dissertation


Educational Studies

First Advisor

Elizabeth Currin


A child’s readiness for school can impact their trajectory in subsequent grades and later in life. Therefore, children must be prepared when transitioning to kindergarten. As a kindergarten teacher at a Title I elementary school, I noticed a lack of readiness and conducted this qualitative action research study to create a readiness plan for my school by examining and comparing families’ and teachers’ perceptions of school readiness. The participants included my students’ parents and caretakers and my fellow kindergarten teachers. The findings indicate similar perceptions of school readiness. The family and teacher samples both associated readiness with academics and peer interactions. Both groups also believed families were responsible for preparing their children for school while calling for other support in place to assist them in preparing children for school. Overall, data suggested families needed additional support to aid in preparing their children for school. These insights informed the readiness plan I designed, which may be of interest to fellow educators and school leaders.


© 2023, Shalonya Cerika Knotts