Does Full-Day Kindergarten Reduce Parenting Daily Hassles?

  • Katherine Stover Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto
  • Janette Pelletier Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto

Abstract

Parenting daily hassles are viewed as the recurring demands associated with raising a young child (Crnic & Greenberg, 1990) and contribute to parental well-being and parenting relationships (Crnic, Gaze, & Hoffman, 2005). The goal of this study was to examine differences in the daily hassles reported by parents of half-day and full-day kindergarten students following the phased-in implementation of full-day kindergarten in Ontario. Based on results from a previous demonstration project of integrated kindergarten and childcare, it was hypothesized that parents of full-day kindergarten children would experience fewer daily hassles related to education and childcare. Four hundred and forty-nine parents participating in a longitudinal study tracking Ontario’s transition from half-day to full-day kindergarten were asked to complete a survey of their experiences with early childhood parenting daily hassles, as well as ademographic questionnaire as part of the larger study. We investigated whether parents of children enrolled in full-day programs experienced reductions in parenting daily hassles as compared to parents of children in half-day programs. Overall, parents of children enrolled in full-day kindergarten reported similar levels of daily hassles to parents of children in half-day programs. Additional analyses of demographic factors indicated that full-day kindergarten was related to lower levels of daily hassles for parents who worked full-time. Policy implications regarding integrated full-day kindergarten and childcare are discussed.

Author Biographies

Katherine Stover, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto

M.A. Candidate, School and Clinical Child Psychology Program 

Applied Psychology and Human Development

Janette Pelletier, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto

Ph.D., Professor

Applied Psychology and Human Development

Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study 

Published
2018-02-28
How to Cite
Stover, K., & Pelletier, J. (2018). Does Full-Day Kindergarten Reduce Parenting Daily Hassles?. Canadian Journal of Education/Revue Canadienne De l’éducation, 41(1), 276-300. Retrieved from https://journals.sfu.ca/cje/index.php/cje-rce/article/view/3157
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