OUR PURPOSE

The Utah Full-Day Kindergarten Now Campaign is a joint project of several community organizations and associations. The Campaign has the support and involvement of staff from the Utah State Board of Education, as well as administrators and educators working in Utah's Local Education Authorities (LEAs). Our purpose is to advocate for full state funding for full-day kindergarten programs that serve all interested and willing families.

Since 2019, core members of our Coalition have been:

  • Researching kindergarten policies, practices and access in Utah and other states;

  • Reviewing kindergarten performance metrics at both the state and local levels;

  • Meeting with district and charter school leaders to gather insight and input;

  • Lobbying to increase kindergarten funding via the Optional Enhanced Kindergarten program, as well as through new funding explicitly for the expansion of FDK programs statewide;

  • Gauging support for FDK expansion among parents, teachers and the general public; and

  • Getting the word out about the limited and inequitable FDK access in Utah.

OUR VISION

We believe that every family in Utah should have the choice and opportunity to enroll their kindergarteners in a full-day program. FDK is an effective, time-tested early education intervention for our children and a cost-saving public investment in the future of our state.

Kindergarten programs should reflect the educational goals of each Local Education Authority (LEA). Every school district and charter school should be able to offer the appropriate blend of half- and full-day programming to meet the needs of the families in their communities. Kindergarten options for Utah families should not be decided by the local funding available in different communities.

COALITION CORE PARTNERSHIP

This website was developed and is maintained by the following Coalition Core Partners: United Way of Salt Lake, Utah PTA and Voices for Utah Children.

If you have questions or inquiries regarding content found on this site, please email us at UtahFDKCoalition@gmail.com.

Utah Full-Day Kindergarten Now Coalition Members

  • Building Up Youth

  • Canyons School District

  • Cache County School District

  • Centro de la Familia

  • Early Childhood Alliance

  • Friends of the Children

  • Granite School District

  • Holy Cross Ministries

  • Intermountain Health Care (IHC)

  • Joint Legislative Committee (JLC) of USSA/USBA

  • Kane School District

  • Murray City School District

  • Neighborhood House

  • Northern Utah Educational Services

  • Primary Children's Hospital

  • Powerful Moms Who Care

  • Project Success Coalition

  • Providence Hall Charter School

  • Root for Kids

  • Sevier School District

  • Salt Lake Chamber

  • Salt Lake City School District

  • South Summit Elementary School

  • South Valley Chamber

  • State Charter School Board

  • Tooele School District

  • United Way of Northern Utah

  • United Way of Salt Lake

  • United Way of Utah County

  • Utah Education Association

  • Utah Association for the Education of Young Children


  • Utah Assoc of Secondary Schools Principals

  • Utah Citizens' Council

  • Utah Head Start Association

  • Utah School Superintendents Assoc

  • Utah School Boards Assoc

  • Utah Pacific Islander Health Coalition

  • Utah Parent Center

  • Utah Parent-Teacher Association (PTA)

  • Utah State Board of Education

  • Utah Working Parents Alliance

  • Voices for Utah Children

  • Walden School of Liberal Arts

  • Washington County School District

  • YWCA Utah