Dear Parents and Guardians of Year 1 (JK) and Year 2 (SK) Kindergarten Students,
We need your feedback!
The Offord Centre for Child Studies at McMaster University, with assistance from local school boards and your municipality, is conducting a Kindergarten Parent Survey (KPS). You have been asked to participate in this survey because you have a child who is now in year 1 (JK) or 2 (SK) of the kindergarten program.
The attached Kindergarten Parent Survey, developed by the Offord Centre, asks a variety of questions about children’s early experiences, health, service and program usage, etc. The results provide information to local children’s agencies and organizations to better understand the context in which children live, grow, and learn in their early years and to help guide service planning and work towards improving the well-being of children within your community. The data collected from the survey will be made available to your local municipality and may be shared with your child’s school board. At no time will you the parent/guardian (respondent) or your child be identified.
What You Need to Know
- Your responses are anonymous (do not include your name or your child’s name on the survey). Your postal code will be used to group your results into neighbourhood boundaries.
- The survey should take approximately 20 minutes to complete.
- Your completed survey will be submitted to a secure server housed at McMaster University in Hamilton Ontario.
- Your individual responses will not be shared with your child's teacher or school principal. Information may be summarized and reported on only at group levels such as community and school board, not by school.
- There are no risks or direct benefits to you or your child for participating. We feel that this information can help answer important questions about factors that affect the early development of children in our community, inform programs and services, and identify barriers and gaps in services.
- The survey results may be used in reports and in future research papers.
- You can contact the McMaster University Research Ethics Board at (905) 521-2100 ext. 23142 if you have any questions about your rights as a research participant.
Completing the online survey will qualify you to enter a draw for a 50$ gift certificate.
We hope you will participate in this survey however, your participation is voluntary.
By clicking on the “next” button you are indicating that you have read/understood the information provided above and agree to take part in this survey.