Preschool Scoop

September 2022

Early Educator Spotlight for September!

Becky Vera from Provo School District is our Early Educator Spotlight for the month of September.

Her nominator said, “Becky works with preschool students with significant disabilities in Provo School District. She is so sweet, caring, patient and loving with her students and puts her whole heart into teaching. She works hard to implement strategies, activities, and instruction specific to her individual students' needs.”

A coworker said, “Becky is an amazing example of a student-first oriented teacher. She meets her students where they are academically, physically, and mentally, while still pushing them towards their next steps toward progress. She is great at adapting her lessons and activities to meet each students’ individual needs. She is always pushing herself to think outside the box and is open to new ideas. She is eager to learn new technology that might assist her students in learning, communicating, and self-advocating. She works hard to keep parents informed on their child’s progress at school and makes them feel like an important part of the team. Additionally, she goes the extra mile to include all IEP team members when brainstorming new ideas on how to help students in her classroom.” Congratulations Becky! We are so lucky to have your expertise in our preschools!

If you would like to nominate someone, you can do so here.

UEN Early Learning Hub

Check out the new collection of early learning resources available on the UEN Early Learning Hub and watch for additional resources to be added soon.

Share a FREE Event with your families!

Chalk the Walk Family Fall Festival

Utah Contemporary Museum of Art-Outdoor space

20 S W Temple St, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Saturday October 8, 2022


Free chalk and stencils, Free Food, Free arts and crafts, DJ/music/dancing, pumpkin patch, Free Balloon animals, FREE face painting, Free family photos, raffle prizes, pictures with Upstart characters, community group performances and FREE community resources.

Pre-registration is recommended, but not required.

Signup for a FREE Early Math Forum

Join educators, care providers, and families as we celebrate the math found in everyday places.

This October's virtual Early Math forum is hosted by the Early Math Project. This event will include a playful keynote led by Monique Daviss, Andres Bustamante, and Jenny Zavala. The event will continue with intriguing breakout sessions featuring Tinkering with the Exploratorium, Math at the Library with Sacramento Public Library, PreK-3 alignment with Deborah Stipek, Problem Solving with Jon Dueck, Data and Graphs with Stuart J. Murphy, and Universal Design with Priscilla Rice. Each will provide ideas and tools to support the mathematical development of all young children!

The Early Math Symposium is a professional development opportunity jointly sponsored by the California Department of Education, the California State Board of Education, First Five California, WestEd, the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools, the AIMS Center for Math and Science, the Department of Social Services, and the California Early Math Project.

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SAVE THE DATE for the Ready! Resilient! Summit

A Convening on Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health in Utah

Thursday, November 17, 2022

9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Register here

Call for Proposals for the Utah Early Childhood Conference

2023 Utah Early Childhood Conference Presenter Submissions - DUE MONDAY OCTOBER 31, 2022!

Conference Date: Friday March 17th & Saturday March 18th, 2023

Location: University of Utah, Salt Lake City

**Conference Theme: DEFENDERS OF PLAY -- we encourage proposals to be around this as much as possible since play should be a part of all aspects of developmentally appropriate early childhood learning environments.**

We need proposals that support the variety of work our professionals across the state need, including a range of topics for those who are new to the field and those who have made this a long-time career, and support a variety of auspices. Attendees include licensed home and center child care providers, public and private preschool teachers, head start & early head start teachers and staff, school district PreK-3rd grade teachers, home visitors, early intervention program staff, the many types of program leaders that support all of these professionals, and Higher Ed, state and non profit organizations that support the early childhood workforce in Utah. We look forward to seeing proposals within your line of expertise!

If you have questions about your proposal, please notify us at:

Presenters receive free registration to whichever conference day they are presenting on and a discounted exhibitor space if needed, up to 2 presenters per class. Any presenters beyond the 2 free ones will need to pay to attend the conference. If your proposal is accepted, you will receive registration information for presenter discount access.

Submit Proposals Here:

The Children’s Center of Utah

TCCU’s Teleconsultation Program flier for September is attached (see below) which includes the webinars that will be offered this month, as well as the office’s hours that are open for drop-in consultations. Please take advantage of this amazing resource!

Behavior Blurb From Tanya Perez (Click Below to download!)


Previously Shared Items that Are Still Relevant

2022 Preschool Workshop Available on CANVAS

Our 2022 preschool workshop CANVAS course is now available. You can access the recordings via our CANVAS course here and request credit from MIDAS here. We had amazing presenters this year such as our first lady Abigail Cox and Brittney Cummins from the Governor’s Early Childhood Commission. Topics included outdoor classrooms, literacy, personalized competency learning, social studies, math, resources for families, behavior tips, and more. For any questions, reach out to Chelsea at

Scholarship Opportunities!

Office of Child Care (OCC) and the Utah Registry for Professional Development (URPD) provide support for individuals working towards professional development goals in the youth and early childhood education field. Additional temporary scholarships have been made available through COVID-19 stimulus funding.

*FREE* Quorum Memberships for ALL EC Professionals

Anyone who works with children in the state of Utah may sign up for a 12-month online training membership through Quorum eLearning, and the Office of Child Care (OCC) will cover the cost!

Your membership is FREE to you, and valid for 12 months from the date of registration. Course options include a wide variety of topics, including ALL of the training needed to obtain your CDA. All courses are Career Ladder approved, with many options available in Spanish. Sign up today by going to, choosing your language, selecting Utah, and then filling out the registration form.

It is important to note that you will need your URPD profile user ID number in underneath your name when you are logged into the Care About Childcare (CAC) website ( If you do not have a URPD profile on the CAC website yet, it’s quick and easy to create one at! You can find a tutorial HERE.

Need help creating a URPD profile or signing up for your free Quorum eLearning membership? We are here to support you! Reach out to your local CAC agency HERE

NEW Bite-Sized Professional Learning Courses Now Available!

We have a new module on instructional pacing available in addition to our previously released modules on other behavior strategies, lesson planning, and family engagement.

You should expect each section to take approximately 30-60 minutes of on screen time with a few weeks of putting what you learn into action. These can be done individually or as a group. To access the content, you can self-enroll in the CANVAS course by clicking this link: To receive credit for the courses that are currently available, register here. Each section is worth .5-1 relicensure hours. Credit will be issued at the end of each month. See the attached flyer for more details. More topics will be coming soon!

Early Learning Standards CANVAS courses NOW OPEN

This course has been created to support educators' implementation of the standards. This course consists of 10 modules: Overview of the Standards, Lesson Planning with the Standards, English Language Arts, Fine Arts, Health Education, Lifelong Learning Practices, Mathematics, Physical Education, Science, and Social Studies. These modules can be taken and awarded credit individually. Click here to enroll in the CANVAS course, and click here to register for credit in MIDAS. See the attached trailer and flyer for more information. Please share these classes with any early childhood educator!

Join Our Social Media Groups

We have just started a Utah preschool group on facebook and would love for you to join us! We also have a twitter page you can follow. We will post updates, resources, ask each other questions, share ideas with each other, and get to know others in the preschool community across the state. We would love to have you join us!

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Preschool Standard Family Guides Now Available

Check out out family guides that parents/guardians can use to help them to know the critical knowledge and skills acquired at each grade level/span. Families are important partners in achieving the Utah State Board of Education’s vision that “each student is prepared to succeed and lead by having knowledge and skills to learn, engage civically, and lead meaningful lives.” The purpose of these resources is to help families better understand what their children should learn, when a child may need more help or when a child would benefit from extra challenges. By using these resources families may find more ways to advance their child’s learning at home while encouraging growth in their communication, critical thinking and problem solving skills. The resources library can be found here. Here are the links to the resource documents for families of 3 year olds and 4 year olds.

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