Elmore-Staton, Lori D.

Committee Member

Tenhet, Melissa L.

Committee Member

Parker, Julie C.

Committee Member

Downey, Laura Hall

Committee Member

Phillips, Tommy M.

Date of Degree


Original embargo terms


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Science


College of Agriculture and Life Sciences


This pilot study adds to the limited literature by examining various forms of dosage (i.e., absence rate; stability in years) within a quality early childhood center and its links to multiple criterion-referenced indicators of school readiness (i.e., gross motor, fine motor, pre-writing, cognitive, language, self-help, personal/social developmental). The sample included 46 children between the ages of 3 and 4-years-old primarily from middle to upper-middle socioeconomic backgrounds. Absence rates were determined via daily sign-in sheets, while stability was determined according to center records. Results indicate stability, not absence rate, as a statistically significant predictor of better performance on two school readiness domains, namely gross motor and personal/social development. This preliminary exploration gives implications to programs, parents, and teachers as it relates to best practices in attendance in early childhood.