Access to the highest form of academic and family support to prepare four-year-olds for school at no cost to families.
Instructional software that guides students while “Learning to Read” and “Reading to Learn” in a single platform while supporting teachers, students, and parents.
Every year, millions of children walk into their first day of school unprepared to learn, and at no fault of their own. Those who start behind tend to fall further and further behind over the years, which can lead to drop out, trouble with the law, and generational poverty.
Waterford UPSTART teaches children the skills they need to be prepared for kindergarten, and it’s available at NO COST to the families. And it works! Low-income or affluent, rural or urban, children who get their academic start with Waterford UPSTART begin on the path toward success.
Waterford UPSTART’s award-winning, at-home program teaches children the skills they need to be ready for kindergarten. Waterford UPSTART is flexible, scalable, and ¼ the cost of traditional preschool options with NO COST to participating families.
Children show significant and lasting literacy gains through the 3rd grade.
The average Waterford UPSTART graduate enters kindergarten reading at nearly a first-grade level.
Academic gains continue through the 4th-grade, especially among under-resourced populations.
Waterford users outperform 80% of non-Waterford users.
Waterford.org uses your donations to provide children with scholarships to access Waterford UPSTART. Your donations help empower families through personalized coaching, adaptive academic software, and access to new computers and internet for families who otherwise could not afford them, all to ensure children arrive ready for school on day one. Help by sponsoring a child to influence a change in their life trajectory.