Thank you for having a blog and for answering so many different types of questions. My concerned is the high number of ELL students in my classroom who are not prepared to start kindergarten. Which the Common Core being implemented I would like to see some meaningful support given to the teachers who put so much time and energy into helping all their students be successful at school. I understand that kindergarten is not required in the state of Utah and with others states (OK,TX) having Pre-K required before starting kindergarten. Why are we missing the boat on early childhood education?
We don’t believe we are missing the boat. While the state may not mandates early childhood programs, we are acutely aware of the positive impact early intervention can have on any student in terms of future academic achievement. Consequently, we have the most robust, comprehensive, high quality preschool program in the state and have a curriculum model and service pattern that is often replicated in other areas and touted by the State Office of Education. Additionally, we not only offer our preschool program in nearly fifty Granite elementary schools, we offer extended-day kindergarten in some as well for identified students whose lack of skills puts them at risk for success in kindergarten.
If you need more info, please contact our director of Preschool Services, Brenda VanGorder or Rob Averett on extended-day K.