Community needs a high quality, affordable program to reach and prepare children before they enter kindergarten
State, school or partner funds the UPSTART program
Waterford Institute efficiently and effectively implements the UPSTART program to a targeted geographic area
Children are academically prepared to enter kindergarten
Struggling learners receive support before they begin school
Families are involved in their child’s education early on
Long-term intervention costs are reduced
UPSTART meets the most challenging needs. It is proven to work for:
PROVEN RESULTS FOR ALL CHILDREN
UPSTART is proven to prepare children to enter kindergarten at or above grade level. An external evaluation conducted by the Evaluation and Training Institute (ETI) found UPSTART children showed significantly stronger learning rates on two well-known reading tests compared to children in a control group.
WHAT PARENTS ARE SAYING
"The Waterford program actually steps in and helps me keep Jackson on track of where he needs to be," Chantay Stigall, an Ohio UPSTART parent, said. "I feel like without this program, I don't feel like he would know what he does know today."
In Ohio, Waterford UPSTART recently partnered with the Corporation for Ohio Appalachian Development (COAD) to bring early education opportunities to more children in rural and low-income areas of the state.
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