The main focus in early childhood is for children to begin to value learning, gain knowledge, and understand their world.
The Intended Learning Outcomes described below reflect the belief that in early childhood, education should address the intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development of children. It is important to create a learning environment that fosters development of many aspects of a child. By nurturing development in these interrelated human domains, children will discover varied and exciting talents and dreams. They will be socially and civically competent and able to express themselves effectively.
The outcomes identified below are to provide a direction for general learning experiences, management, culture, environment, and inclusion. These outcomes are interwoven in Standards, which offer specific and measurable indicators. Beginning in early childhood, children should:
1. Demonstrate a positive learning attitude:
2. Develop social skills and ethical responsibility:
3. Demonstrate responsible emotional behaviors:
4. Develop physical skills and personal hygiene:
5. Understand and use basic concepts and skills:
The Utah State Board of Education approved the new Early Learning Standards: Ages 3-5 on May 7, 2020. The new standards are now available to use for the pilot year 2020-2021. The new standards will be fully implemented in the 2021-2022 school year. Preschool programs may continue using the 2013 Utah Early Childhood Core Standards during the pilot year. Please note, the 2013 Utah Early Childhood Core Standards are aligned to outdated K-12 standards.
Early Learning Standards Ages 3-5 Draft 4
Board Approved May 7, 2020
Is an in-home, technology-delivered kindergarten readiness program that is designed to give Utah four-year-old's an individualized reading, mathematics, and science curriculum with a focus on reading. Children participate in the program the year before they attend kindergarten. The UPSTART program is administered by the Waterford Institute.
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1. How do I go about enrolling my child in preschool?
Contact your local school district for information regarding public preschool services.
2. Who do I contact to enroll my child in Head Start?
To enroll your child in Head Start, visit Utah Head Start Association (UHSA) or call (801) 903-2960.
3. What are the requirements for setting up my own preschool?
The Utah State Board of Education does not oversee private preschools. You will need to obtain a business license through your city government office. If your preschool will also offer child care and you are interested in obtaining a license, you will go through the same licensing procedure as child care centers:
You may also have your preschool accredited nationally by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC):
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Utah State Board of Education
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Bureau of Child Development
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