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Promoting Family Involvement Using Video in the Transition to Kindergarten
AuthorRomo, Gemma Anabel
AdvisorWalsh, Bridget A
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This quasi-experimental study, which builds from a pilot study (see Walsh et al., 2017), further adds to the research that the use of video is a promising tool to promote family involvement in predominantly Spanish speaking homes. Participants (N = 110) received a video intervention. The present study included four videos in English and Spanish with content to promote a positive transition to kindergarten for families of pre-k children enrolled in Title I schools. Results demonstrate significant differences among four variables between the intervention and the control group regarding teacher communication with parent. Qualitative findings indicate that parents in the intervention group overall had positive experiences with the video and suggest content that they found necessary for parents to know to help support a successfully transition. Implications for practice and for future research are discussed. Keywords: ELLs, family involvement, pre-kindergarten, transition to kindergarten