Date of Award


Degree Name



College of Liberal Arts

Type of Degree


Document Type


First Advisor

Elizabeth Boyles

Second Advisor

Fred Krieg

Third Advisor

Joyce Meikamp


The current study investigated the relationship between memory and attention and academic readiness in children between the ages of 2 ½ and 5. Forty-two preschool children were involved in the study and were selected from childcare centers participating in the Educare project in West Virginia. All subjects were tested with the Bracken and the Carolina Curriculum. The Bracken measured the academic readiness and the Carolina Curriculum measured memory and attention levels of the children. The results indicated a positive correlation between memory and attention and academic readiness. The findings supported the position that there is a positive correlation between mastery of attention and memory and academic readiness. Further research is recommended to determine an appropriate role, if any, memory and attention can play in academic readiness at different age levels.


Early childhood education.

Readiness for school -- Testing.

Attention -- Testing.

Memory -- Testing.