Canyons District is accepting new-student applications for available spots in the preschool programs at Altara, Butler, Jordan Valley, Quail Hollow and Willow Springs elementary schools. 

In addition to serving students needing special education services free of cost, schools with space for tuition-paying students have morning and afternoon sessions.

Morning sessions are 8:20-10:50 a.m. Afternoon sessions are 11:30-2 p.m. Students can enroll in a two- or four-days-a-week program. Cost is $70 for two days a week; and $140 for four days a week.

Availability for the program in the coming academic year is based on a first-come, first-served basis. Acceptance letters will be mailed the first week of April. Students who are not accepted are placed on a waiting list and parents will be notified when space is available.

The enrollment window for the Title I school preschools doesn’t open until March 1. There is no fee associated with the Title I programs, which are held four days a week. Students must live within the boundaries of the schools to attend the programs.

Questions?  Call the CSD Early Childhood Department at 801-826-5112.
Get ready, parents and caretakers who thought your babies would be little forever — it’s time to start thinking about preschool.

The Canyons District Early Childhood Program will accept applications for tuition-paying preschool students from Tuesday Jan. 7 until Friday, Feb. 28. The program, which integrates tuition-paying students to serve as peer models in the classroom with students with special needs, is for 3-and 4-year-old children.

Canyons offers three ways to participate in preschool: special education, Title I, and tuition. Parents can contact the Early Childhood Department to discuss their child’s special education needs.

Students who turn 4 years old before Sept. 1, 2014, and live within the boundaries of a Title 1 school can apply to participate in the Title 1 preschool program beginning March 3, 2014. The program is available at Copperview, East MidvaleMidvale and Sandy elementary schools for 4-year-olds only. Each of these schools will also have available applications to the program.

Altara, Butler, Jordan ValleyQuail Hollow and Willow Springs elementary schools offer children ages 3-5 preschool classes that combine students who have disabilities with those who don’t have disabilities. Each class has between 12-15 students and is taught by a teacher certified in Early Childhood Special Education and three assistants.

Canyons uses an evidence-based preschool curriculum called HighScope in its classrooms that focuses on 58 developmental indicators, such as social and emotional development, physical development, language, literacy and mathematics. Early involvement in preschool programs has been shown to improve student performance in the classroom and have positive long-term results outside of test scores. Adults who participated in a high-quality preschool program had higher earnings, were more likely to have a job and committed fewer crimes, according to the HighScope Perry Preschool Study in 2005.

Tuition to participate in the program is $70 a month for classes that take place two days a week, either in the morning or afternoon, for about two hours. Acceptance into the program is determined on a first-come first-served basis.