Preferred Name

Emily Smith

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Name

Educational Specialist (EdS)


Department of Graduate Psychology


Deborah Kipps-Vaughan

Tiffany Hornsby

Tammy Gilligan


Two kindergarten parents were interviewed about the home literacy environment and effective home-school collaborative practices. Both parents identified as being key contributors to their child’s literacy success through frequently reading to their child, providing access to books within the home, and fostering a sense of learning and reading interest in their child. Both parents gave insights into the communication they have with their child’s teacher and the resources that are provided by the school to support academic or literacy related needs of their kindergarteners. The interest of this study was to obtain the perspectives of kindergarten parents about the current home-based literacy practices and communication between home and school. Participants acknowledged the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on their child’s education and the challenges that virtual learning presented.

Keywords: home literacy environment, home-school collaboration, early literacy success, COVID-19 pandemic



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