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Utah’s School Readiness Initiative is designed to improve the quality of preschool and expand access for students who are economically disadvantaged or English learners in quality early learning environments throughout the state.
The Initiative consists of three components and is governed by the Utah School Readiness Board:
- Pay for Success transaction, created in 2014;
- Becoming Quality grants to support preschool programs seeking to improve quality; and
- Expanded Student Access grants to fund seats for economically disadvantaged and English learner students in high quality preschool programs.
Schedule and Roster
Elements of a high quality school readiness program
For LEAs and private providers
For home-based educational technology providers
1) An evidence-based curriculum that is aligned with the Utah Early Childhood Standards. The curriculum incorporates intentional and differentiated instruction and explicit instruction in key areas of literacy and numeracy that is teacher-led or through a partnership with UPSTART;
2) Ongoing, focused, and intensive professional development for program staff;
3) Ongoing assessment of a student's educational growth and developmental progress to inform instruction;
4) Administration of the school readiness assessment to each student;
5) In LEAs, a class size that does not exceed 20, with one adult for every 10 students in the class;
6) Ongoing program evaluation and data collection to monitor program goals;
7) Family engagement, including ongoing communication and parent education opportunities;
8) For LEAs, each teacher obtained the minimum standard of a child development associate certification or an associates or bachelor’s degree in an early childhood education field;
9) For private providers, by a teacher’s second year, each obtained the minimum standard of a child development associate certification or an associates or bachelor’s degree in an early childhood education field; and
10) A kindergarten transition plan.
1) An evidence-based, age appropriate individualized interactive instruction
assessment and feedback technology that teaches early learning skills needed to be successful upon entry into kindergarten;
2) Require regular parental engagement with the student in the use of the technology program;
3) Be aligned with the Utah early childhood core standards;
4) Require the administration of a pre- and post-assessment of each student; and
5) Require providers to ensure successful implementation and utilization of the technology program.
Utah School Readiness Board Meetings