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Date of Award


Degree Type

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Degree Name

Master of Physical Therapy (MPT)

First Advisor

Laurie Lundy-Ekman, PhD, PT

Second Advisor

Nancy Cicirello, MPH, PT


Many researchers have studied the effects of early daycare on intellectual and psychological development in children. Relatively few studies have examined what effects early day-care has on fine and gross motor development. This study correlates the overall motor skill development of kindergarten children as assessed by the Bruininks-Oseretsky Test of Motor Proficiency with the type and amount of -child day-care received during their preschool years. The results showed significantly (p < .05) higher motor scores for children who had attended day-care in a Montessori setting during their fifth year of preschool. Scores were also significantly (p < .05) higher for children who had attended day-care with a larger number of children in their classes during their fourth year of preschool. The amount of time spent in day-care prior to kindergarten had no significant effect on motor development.


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