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Why Preschool Pioneer?

  • 2016 estimates 253,450 Utah Children between ages 0-4.
  • 27% of Utah’s population is under the age of 5. 1
  • U.S. Census Bureau, Population Estimates Program (PEP). Updated annually. Population and Housing Unit Estimates U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 Census of Population, Public Law 94-171 Redistricting Data File. Updated every 10 years. American FactFinder
  • Nationwide, state-funded preschool program enrollment reached an all-time high, serving nearly 1.5 million children. 2
  • In 2016 Nationally, funding for preschool rose 8 percent to about $7.4 billion, a $564 million increase.
  • Utah is 1 of only 7 states that do not fund preschool at all. Preschool Pioneer Online Library is a FREE resource available to all Utah families.
  • 2014, Utah House Bill 96 was created High Quality School Readiness Initiative. creates grant funding for existing public and private early education programs to increase quality, and funds independent evaluation. The bill details components of high-quality programs as well as home-based educational technology programs that may enter into a results-based contract with the Board. The initiative began serving children in the 2014-2015 school year.
  • 2016 Utah Senate Bill 101, the High Quality School Readiness Expansion (HQSR-E), was passed.The HQSR-E Grant program provides grant funds to LEAs with existing early education programs deemed high-quality, as determined by the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale ECERS-3, ECERS-R, and some additional rubric criteria.
  • For the 1st time, during the 2016-2017 school year, Utah offered Head Start programs some limited funding to increase the number of high-quality preschool program slots.
  • In February 2017, the Utah State Board of Education agreed to have the 2012/2013 Early Childhood Core Standards revised.
  • Utah Special education enrollment, ages 3 and 4 is 6,125 children
  •  Utah Federally funded Head Start enrollment, ages 3 and 4 is 5,257 Children. 3
  •  In 2014, 13% of Utah Children were living in poverty.
  •  2012–2014 59% of Utah’s Young children (below age 6) not enrolled in school.
  • 64% of Utah Head Start Teachers hold a BA or higher. (connected info to HB96/ 101 and #17 below). 4
  • Preschool Pioneer Online Library has on average 4,500 unique visitors each month.
  • Preschool Pioneer has more than 500 learning assets in English and Spanish.
  •  To help low-income early childhood workers access higher education, UETN collaborated with the UHSA, USBE, SUU, WSU, & Early EdU to launchOpportunity Utah: Access for Early Childhood Workforce
  • In 2017 66,944 visits to Preschool Pioneer Online Library
  1. U.S. Census Bureau, Population Estimates Program (PEP). Updated annually. Population and Housing Unit EstimatesU.S. Census Bureau, 2010 Census of Population, Public Law 94-171 Redistricting Data File. Updated every 10 years. American FactFinder
  2. 32 percent of 4-year-olds and 5 percent of 3-year-olds.
  3. http://nieer.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Utah_YB16.pdf
  4. Datacenterkidscount.org/USA