Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2017

Document Type


Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors



First Advisor

Dr. Stefanie Mollborn

Second Advisor

Dr. Matthew Brown

Third Advisor

Dr. Johanna Maes


This study reveals that there are factors at the individual, interactional, and institutional levels that influence how children are differentially prepared, which helps explain how social inequality begins to manifest before children enter school. This work represents a contribution to the literature because it pinpoints several multidimensional factors that shape children’s kindergarten outcomes depending on a parent’s social location. Because most of these factors extend beyond the control of parents, I argue that our policies must shift to improve the lives of all 0-5 year olds. These types of interventions are vital to the fabric of society because these children will eventually be the main contributors to our country.