Summer Learning Bridge: Academic Response to COVID-19 for Utah's PreK Children

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Welcome to Waterford UPSTART!

We’ve been involved with at-home learning for over a decade, and we know it poses many challenges to families.

As we’ve thought about ways to help our home state during the COVID-19 outbreak, we’ve chosen to offer access to our school readiness software for free to Utah families.

To be extra clear, Waterford UPSTART is always at no-cost to families, but it’s supported by the Utah State Legislature. For this offering, though, we are not receiving that support. We take seriously our mission to get children ready to start school, and we’re happy to offer families some extra help during a unique and difficult time.

Who Is Eligible for this
Waterford UPSTART offering?

This offering is available for preschool children who:

Live in Utah, with a
valid Utah address

Were born on or after September 2, 2014

Have not participated in Waterford UPSTART

Older children should have resources available through their schools. To help serve them, we have already offered free use of our programs to Utah school districts. Please ask your school or district about the online learning resources available to you, including Waterford Early Learning.

When Will It Start and End?

This offering will start as soon as possible and extend through the summer. We will reach out by email to get you started as soon as we process your request. Your access to the software will expire August 31, 2020.

What Else Do I Need to Know?

This offering is different from our regular program in a few key ways.

You’ll get our award-winning Waterford UPSTART software, but your family will not be assigned a Family Education Liaison for personalized coaching and support. Nor can we provide computer or Internet access to families in this limited program.

Our software works best on computers and laptops running Google Chrome. Be aware that it’s not compatible with tablets or smartphones.

To maintain responsible social distancing, our regular in-person training will be replaced by a video training we will send you by email.

What Happens Next?

Once your registration is processed, we will send you an email with program information. Please be patient—we are processing requests as quickly as we can. We’ve never done this during a pandemic before! 

Due to the high volume of requests and the impact of COVID-19 on our workforce, we can’t promise a specific time frame, but we expect to be in touch with you by email within about 10 days.

In the meantime, check out the learning activities and resources on our Waterford UPSTART Facebook page, which we update daily.

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