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Utah House passes bill to expand enhanced kindergarten

The kindergarten enhanced bill is intended to help bring struggling students to grade-level proficiency and above as they enter first grade. (KSL.com)

SALT LAKE CITY (Deseret News) — A bill that would expand opportunities for enhanced kindergarten early intervention programs has passed the Utah House of Representatives.

The Deseret News reports the latest version of the bill would provide additional resources to expand the reach of the program. The bill is intended to help bring  to grade-level proficiency and above as they enter first grade.

The program is optional to parents, school districts and charter schools. Participating districts and schools must apply for grant funding. The $18.6 million cost of the bill reflects expansion and replacement of federal funds.