Parent & Caregiver
Preparing for School:
- Kindergarten Readiness Checklist
A checklist that will give you an idea on what areas your child is doing well in, and where they may need some extra attention.
- Kindergarten ... Here We Come! (pdf)
The items listed in this pamphlet can help identify and reinforce specific areas of kindergarten readiness. (en Español)
- Early Childhood Standards
The purpose of the Utah Early Childhood Core Standards is to help public preschools make informed decisions regarding curriculum in order to prepare children for kindergarten. The standards may also serve as an optional resource for families and other educators in the community.
- Educational Opportunities
Some fantastic resources for additional educational opportunities available for your preschooler.
- Envision Utah
Envision Utah has kicked off a collaborative effort to help parents and caregivers understand the importance of language in early brain development.
- Literacy Center Education Network
Great literacy games as well as print and practice sheets and resources for parents. This site has activities in English, Spanish, French and German.
- Partners in Dyad Reading (Formerly STAR Reading Tutoring)
Partners in Dyad Reading is designed to be used in one-on-one tutoring with adult volunteers or paraprofessionals as reading practice, not intervention. Lessons enhance classroom instruction in phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary. Students benefit from increased reading time, targeted practice, and a rewarding reading experience.
- PBS Literacy
Resources for parents to help their children with literacy skills.
- Reading Tips for Parents of Preschoolers
Read early and read often. The early years are critical to developing a lifelong love of reading. Here are some tips to help your child become a happy and confident reader. (en Español)
- Reading Readiness Screening Tool
The Get Ready to Read! screening tool for four-year-olds will assess your child's pre-reading skills and provide suggestions for improvements.
- Reading Rockets
Here is a lot of great information and resources on how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help.
- PBS Early Math
A site that helps nurture development of your child's early math skills.
- PBS Fun and Games
Search for excellent activities and games from PBS.
- Sesame Street: Communities
Learn how to use the Sesame Street website with your child and reading articles about a wide variety of topics.
- Utah Kids Ready to Read!
Utah State Library's resources for parents and caregivers to help them nurture their children's early literacy skills.
- Child Development Tracker: Literacy from Age 4-5
Learn what to expect of how children this age learning to read.
- Is my Child Ready to enter Kindergarten?
The expectations of children who enter kindergarten can vary from school to school. However, here are some general social and educational guidelines about the skills children should develop by the time they start a kindergarten program.
- Easy Books for Young Children
Suggested book list for young children.
- Rhyme Activities and Tips from the Mother Goose Club
Reading, reciting and singing Mother Goose rhymes are an excellent way to help a preschooler get ready to read.
- Additional Parent and Cargiver Resouces
Visit the UEN Parent and Caregiver Resouces page.