Michael Gottfried “Children with Disabilities in Full-Day Kindergarten: Effects & Policy Implications”
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
The debut of the “Policy Goes to School” Lecture Series, this talk will explore the problematic issue that almost nothing is known about full-day versus part-day kindergarten experiences for children with disabilities. Gottfried decided to analyze how absence rates vary for children with disabilities in both types of kindergarten programs using both national data and causal-inferential models. He discovered that children with disabilities in full-day kindergarten had more absences, especially girls and higher-income children. His talk will then explore the policy implications of these findings, namely that early educational programs affect high-risk populations, and we need to know how and for whom. Gottfried is an Associate Professor in UCSB’s Department of Education.