Becoming a Partner Site
The Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program for Four-Year-Old Children was established May 10, 2007. The program provides an opportunity for all young children in the State of Iowa to enter school ready to learn by expanding voluntary access to quality preschool curricula for all four-year-old children.
The Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program rules are found in 281–Iowa Administrative Code 16. These rules provide guidance to school districts on the implementation of the program.
Statewide Voluntary Preschool Programs for Four-Year-Old Children 2014-2015 Legislative Update (2015)
Quality Preschool Program Standards
Iowa’ s Quality Preschool Program Standards (QPPS) were developed as a beginning point for child care programs to engage in of a continuum to implement quality standards for early childhood programs to work toward accreditation with NAEYC program standards and criteria. The QPPS were designed to be used with programs having funding linked to the Iowa Department of Education including those operated by local school districts: Early Childhood Special Education, Title I, and district operated preschools and childcare centers. In addition, community based early childhood programs were considered necessary to be included in this pool of programs since preschoolers with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) need to receive special education services in the least restrictive environment (setting with typical peers).
GOLD Online Assessment System
Iowa Code section 279.60 requires districts to assess all preschool children with the GOLD online assessment and maintain local agreements with Teaching Strategies, Inc. under the GOLD State Service Umbrella Agreement. This includes any preschool-aged child enrolled by a parent in a district program.
The Iowa Department of Education (DE) has a statewide license for Teaching Strategies GOLD through an umbrella agreement with Teaching Strategies, Inc. This agreement provides the GOLD online assessment system and reduces the subscriber fees for all state and federally funded early childhood programs and services, including Iowa school districts, their community partners, Shared Visions, as well as Head Start, Area Education Agencies and other programs located in the state of Iowa. This web‐based online system allows programs, as well as AEAs and the DE, to assess child progress based on research‐based widely held expectations from birth through kindergarten and provide reports at the individual, group, regional and statewide level.