Date Approved


Graduate Degree Type


Degree Name

Education-Higher Education (M.Ed.)

Degree Program

College of Education

First Advisor

Nancy DeFrance

Academic Year



Kindergarten readiness standards have increased drastically over the years due to government legislation and a push for student achievement growth. This has led preschool teachers to feel a sense of urgency to prepare students as best they can for the increasingly rigorous academic demands of kindergarten. Preschool teachers are calling upon all possible resources to help prepare students for kindergarten, specifically parents. Research supports parent involvement in both the home and preschool classroom for emergent literacy growth. However, many parents, who likely would be keen to help, are not aware of how much the expectations for kindergarten readiness have changed since they were young. Therefore, this project proposes the development of parent engagement within the preschool classroom through teacher modeled emergent literacy lessons. The focus of the emergent literacy lessons include; developing knowledge specifically related to interactive read aloud, phonological awareness, alphabet knowledge, emergent writing, and concepts of print.

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