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Waterford Institute’s UPSTART program is an outcomes-driven, cost-effective partner for communities and municipalities that need to prepare children for kindergarten and close learning gaps early.

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Need:

Community needs a high quality, affordable program to reach and prepare children before they enter kindergarten

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Solution:

State, school or partner funds the UPSTART program

Waterford Institute efficiently and effectively implements the UPSTART program to a targeted geographic area

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Outcomes:

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

Innovation Model

UPSTART meets the most challenging needs. It is proven to work for:

Rural and transportation challenged communities

Parents who do not want to send their children to a center-based preschool

Children who need additional cognitive skill development

Communities with limited resources that require a scalable, targeted program

Dual language learners who need English language practice

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.

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Measurable Social Impact

Research shows that investing public money in high-quality pre-kindergarten education returns $7 for every $1 invested.

CHILDREN WHO ATTEND KINDERGARTEN READINESS PROGRAMS ARE:

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Better prepared for school

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Less likely to develop alcohol or drug problems or be arrested

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Less likely to repeat grades or require expensive interventions

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More likely to graduate high school

What Parents Are Saying