Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Marie Simonsson

Second Advisor

Dr. Hilda Silva

Third Advisor

Dr. Ralph Carlson


This study examined the effect gender, family income, maternal education and parental resilience have on the social emotional competence of children attending a childcare facility in the Rio Grande Valley. Identifying factors that are specifically linked to child social emotional competence may inform decisions about how to implement effective preschool programs for children. Until recently, the literature on social emotional competence has been limited and mostly focused on a child’s early life experiences and parenting behaviors. A quantitative design utilizing multiple regression analysis was used to test the null hypothesis in this study. The data was collected using the procedures described in the further subsection of this dissertation and was analyzed using an F-distribution, and an alpha level of .05. Both descriptive and inferential analyses were conducted. Also, an in-depth description of parental resilience perceptions will be examined. The results of this study are limited only to children two years old and preschool aged that participate at a childcare facility in the Rio Grande Valley.


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