REASONS PARENTS LOVE UPSTART
CHILDREN LOVE IT
UPSTART captivates children with thousands of activities, beautiful art, lively characters and catchy songs. It also increases their confidence, independence and computer skills while they master essential pre-reading concepts. Many children can’t wait to “play UPSTART” every day!
EASY FOR KIDS TO USE INDEPENDENTLY
UPSTART is designed for very young children. It uses large buttons, obvious directions, and support that helps children progress. Most children can use the program independently within 20 minutes of starting.
FITS WITH ANY SCHEDULE
Participation is very simple. It is used at home, according to your schedule. The participation requirement is just 15 minutes a day, 5 days a week.
PROVEN EFFECTIVE FOR ALL
Data shows that all children using UPSTART make important cognitive gains- regardless of ethnicity, socioeconomic status, geographic locale and whether or not they had additional preschool. It is especially effective for dual language learners who need English language practice.
TEACHES EARLY READING, MATH, AND SCIENCE
UPSTART includes hundreds of instructional hours, thousands of lessons and activities, hundreds of books and animated songs, as well as printable resources and ongoing progress reports.
WORKS AS A STAND-ALONE PROGRAM
UPSTART is designed to work as a complete kindergarten readiness program. The comprehensive curriculum will prepare your child for kindergarten. Many UPSTART children enter kindergarten at the level most of their peers finish kindergarten.
WORKS ALONGSIDE TRADITIONAL PROGRAMS
With its focus on academic preparation, especially in reading, UPSTART is effective as a complement to other programs, including traditional preschool, daycare, and Head Start programs.
NO COST FOR MOST PARTICIPANTS
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.WATCH DEMO
"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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Learning at home is a viable preschool alternative—and in some rural areas, like Monument Valley and many others in Utah, it may be the only option.
Four-year-old Cherrise Parrish participates in UPSTART even though her home–located on a remote parcel of rugged land in the red desert wilderness of Monument Valley, within the Utah side of the Navajo Nation–has no running water or electrical power.
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My four-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Miranda was an emerging reader when she started [Waterford]. When she finished the program she was reading at a second grade reading level and read over two dozen chapter books in two months. I didn’t work with her much at home during this time period, so I know it was Waterford that accelerated the pace of my daughters’ reading
“UPSTART has given my son a very solid foundation in terms of establishing his education early on. He’s really set in terms of his reading capabilities—and he loves it!”
UPSTART, Waterford’s at-home pre-k reading program, played a major role in teaching Lisette Thurgood’s son how to read, even preparing him for kindergarten with a reading level above most other children his age. UPSTART’s educational songs also engaged both his older and younger siblings, making them excited to learn as well.
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