Romero, Mariajosé. Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Pace University, Spring 2011. Tardiness may begin, along with absenteeism, well before children enter formal schooling. This unpublished research conducted by Dr. Romero examines data on late school arrivals among children who entered Kindergarten in 1998. While there is a wide range of perspectives and practices among professionals and parents, tardiness can have serious consequences for early learning and development, especially for the most vulnerable children.