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Early Childhood Intended Learning Outcomes

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:

  • Display a sense of curiosity.
  • Practice personal responsibility for learning.
  • Demonstrate persistence in completing tasks.
  • Apply prior knowledge and processes to construct new knowledge.
  • Voluntarily use a variety of resources to investigate topics of interest.

2. Develop social skills and ethical responsibility:

  • Respect similarities and differences in others.
  • Treat others with kindness and fairness.
  • Follow rules.
  • Include others in learning and play activities.
  • Function positively as a member of a family, learning group, school, and community.
  • Initiate and respond to social interactions with peers and adults.

3. Demonstrate responsible emotional behaviors:

  • Recognize own values, talents, and skills.
  • Express self in positive ways.
  • Demonstrate behavior appropriate to the situation.
  • Express feelings appropriately.
  • Meet and respect needs of self and others.

4. Develop physical skills and personal hygiene:

  • Learn proper care of the body for health and fitness.
  • Develop knowledge that enhances participation in physical activities and healthy food choices.
  • Display persistence in learning motor skills and developing fitness.
  • Use physical activity for self-expression.

5. Understand and use basic concepts and skills:

  • Develop phonological and phonemic awareness.
  • Develop expressive and receptive vocabulary.
  • Develop reasoning and sequencing skills.
  • Demonstrate problem-solving skills.
  • Observe, sort, and classify objects.
  • Make connections from content areas to application in real life.

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Utah Education Network (UEN)

Utah Core Standards

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.

New Standards

Early Learning Standards Ages 3-5 Draft 4
Board Approved May 7, 2020

Utah Preparing Students Today for a Rewarding Tomorrow (UPSTART)

Title 53F-4-402: UPSTART Program to Develop School Readiness Skills of Preschool Children
Utah State Legislature

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.

Training and Support:

  • Parents and caregivers in both English and Spanish, and qualifying families without them may receive a Chromebook and Internet during the time they are in the program.
  • During 2015-2016 the UPSTART Program will serve 6,622 children. While all Utah children are eligible to participate in UPSTART, legislation extending the UPSTART Program gave participation priority to low-income families and families that are not native English speakers.

Program Costs:

  • UPSTART legislation also charged the Utah State Board of Education with working with the Waterford Institute to establish a price for the program so that families that cannot be served by state funding can pay to participate in the program. For 2015-2016, the price is $725. Families must provide their own computers and Internet access. For more information, please contact the Waterford Institute at 1 (800) 669-4533.

Report of Fiscal Year:

If you have any questions, please contact Jimmy Hernandez, Research Consultant at (801) 538-7753 or via e-mail at jimmy.hernandez@schools.utah.gov.

Kindergarten Readiness


Kindergarten Here We Come!
Utah State Board of Education Kindergarten

School Readiness Grants

Information coming soon. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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):

Preschool Team

Jessica Smith
Preschool Specialist
Phone: (801) 538-7586 | E-mail

Jamie Robinson
Preschool - Grade 2 Specialist
Phone: (801) 538-7765 | E-mail 

Jonathan Collins
Research Consultant II
Phone: (801) 538-7536 | E-mail

Kira Hedden
Office Assistant
Phone: (801) 538-7773 | E-mail