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Utah’s Kindergarten Best Practices Guide
This guide is designed to be a brief, practical guide to help kindergarten teachers implement high leverage practices in their classrooms. Intended readers of this guide include both new and experienced kindergarten teachers as well as those supporting them.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How old does my child have to be to enter Kindergarten?
Children need to be five years of age before September 2 of the year in which admission is sought.

Utah State Legislature's Title 53G-4-S402(6): Local School Board Powers and Miscellaneous Duties, except as provided in Title 53E-3-9: Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children.

2. When do Kindergarten classes start?
Contact your Local Education Agency (LEA) (District/Charter) for Kindergarten start dates.

3. Can my child skip Kindergarten and attend First Grade?
If the child is 5 years old before September 2, they would enroll in Kindergarten. Your next step is to contact your Education local agency for registration information.

4. Does my child have to attend kindergarten?
A school-aged minor must be enrolled in school. The definitions define school-age minor as at least six years of age, but younger than 18. As Kindergarten is for age 5, it would be optional.

5. Can my child be enrolled in two Kindergarten classes?
A Kindergarten student may only enroll in one LEA at a time.

6. How long are Kindergarten classes?
A minimum of two hours per day per session in Kindergarten.

Data and Regulation


Kindergarten Class Counts by Kindergarten Type
Utah State Board of Education Data and Statistics Enrollment/Membership 


R277-419: Pupil Accounting
Utah Office of Administrative Rules

Title 53E-3-9: Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children | Title 53G-4-S402(6): Local School Board Powers and Miscellaneous Duties | Title 53G-6-S201: Compulsory Education
Utah State Legislature


Full-Day Kindergarten (FDK) Grant

Full-Time Kindergarten Grant

Optional Enhanced Kindergarten (OEK) Grant

Optional Enhanced Kindergarten Grant

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Kindergarten Team

Christine Elegante
Education Specialist

K-3 Literacy, Kindergarten
Phone: (801) 538-7782 | E-mail

Charla Lucero
Executive Secretary
Elementary Language Arts
Phone: (801) 538-7546 | E-mail