OUR MISSION

UPSTART was developed by Waterford Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to providing every child with the finest education through the development of high-quality educational models, programs, and software.

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OUR STORY

2010

External evaluation of Year 1 - UPSTART users make gains in early reading

2014

Utah State Legislature approves a 5-year extension and additional funding; enrollment increases to 5,000 children

2015

Waterford Institute initiates two UPSTART pilot studies in South Carolina and Idaho

UPSTART receives an additional $1 million funding; enrollment reaches 15% of Utah's preschoolers

2009

UPSTART is launched; 1,308 children enroll

2013

External evaluation of year 3 - UPSTART users have significantly stronger learning rates than a control group

Waterford is awarded an Investing in Innovation (i3) Grant by the U.S. Dept. of Education to expand the program to children in Utah

UPSTART ADVISORY COMMITTEE

JOANNE MILNER

Education Partnership Coordinator, Salt Lake City’s Mayor’s Office

Gonzalo Palza

CEO and Head Start Director, Centro de la Familia de Utah

Bill Hulterstrom

President and CEO, United Way of Utah County

Nancy Livingston

Emeritus Professor, School of Education, Brigham Young University

Claudia Miner

Vice President of Development, Waterford Institute

Kathleen Petersen

Title I Director, Washington County School District

Tami Pyfer

Education Advisor to Governor, Utah Governor’s Office

Dale Smith

Associate Dean of Education, Family and Human Studies, Salt Lake Community College

Cheryl Wright

Associate Professor, Department of Family and Consumer Studies, University of Utah

Chuck Foster

American Indian Education Specialist, ESEA/Federal Programs, Utah State Office of Education

Jennifer Throndsen

Literacy Coordinator, Utah State Office of Education

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