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Who Can Participate?

UPSTART is for children the school year before they go to kindergarten.

Participants agree to use the program at home at least

15 minutes a day, 5 days a week.

You may pre-register now, and we will keep you advised of your participation status and other program-related information.

You may qualify for the use of a free computer and Internet service.

What is the preschool program?

UPSTART provides families like yours with a computer-based preschool program called Waterford Early Learning™ that your child uses at home for at least 15 minutes a day.

  • Complete. Waterford Early Learning automatically progresses through complete lessons first in beginning reading and then in math and science. Parent preparation is NOT required.
  • Easy to Use. Your child can work on the program without help.
  • Waterford Quality. Millions of children across the nation have successfully learned with Waterford programs and now your child can too!
  • Simple to Monitor Progress. You can quickly access your child’s progress reports at any time.
  • Lots of Fun. Your child will love the games, books, songs, and activities.
  • Supportive. Convenient training and support is available to help you make the most of your participation in UPSTART.

What will my child learn?

Your child will experience something new every day. Here are some skills that your preschooler will learn

Reading Math Science
Spell his or her name Matching Five senses
Recognize capital A–Z Sorting Seasons
Recognize lowercase a–z Recognizing and making 1–20 Sun, moon, constellations
Nursery rhymes Counting and making groups Water and clouds
Letter sounds Shapes Living and nonliving
Alliterative books Positions Plant or animal
Print concepts Sizes Categorizing animals
Songs from around the world Measurement Ecosystems
Vocabulary words Logical reasoning Push and pull
Hearing the sounds in speech …and much more Observing an egg develop into a chicken
…and much more …and much more

What do I have to do?

  • Just sign up. You can pre-register children who will enter kindergarten in the fall of 2017 and beyond, and we will keep you advised of your participation status and other program-related information.

How much does it cost?

UPSTART is publicly funded to help children prepare to enter kindergarten.
Each year, there are a limited number of seats in the program available at no cost. Most families will participate for free.

Can I buy it if I’m on the waitlist?

If you are waitlisted for UPSTART 2015, you may purchase the program.

The Utah State Board of Education, working with the Waterford Institute, established a price for the program. For 2015-2016, the price is $725. Families must provide their own computers and Internet access.

For more information, please contact the
Waterford Institute at (800) 669-4533.

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