About

UPSTART is an in-home, technology-delivered kindergarten readiness program. It uses award-winning adaptive software to provide preschool-aged children an individualized reading, math, and science curriculum at home, and a robust parent engagement program to support and involve families.

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.

Our Story

2010

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

2009

UPSTART is launched; 1,308 children enroll

2014

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

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

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

2016

UPSTART Utah class grows to 10,000 children.

Waterford adds UPSTART pilots in Philadelphia, Mississippi and Ohio.

Independent longitudinal study shows UPSTART participants saw immediate benefits and were still outperforming their control group peers on standardized tests through the fourth grade.

UPSTART Utah receives $2 million in in Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funds to expand program to reach more families.

Our Story

2010

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

2009

UPSTART is launched; 1,308 children enroll

2014

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

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

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

2016

UPSTART Utah class grows to 10,000 children.

Waterford adds UPSTART pilots in Philadelphia, Mississippi and Ohio.

Independent longitudinal study shows UPSTART participants saw immediate benefits and were still outperforming their control group peers on standardized tests through the fourth grade.

UPSTART Utah receives $2 million in in Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funds to expand program to reach more families.

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