Education Talk Radio: “The Real Value of Early Childhood Education”

On this episode of Education Talk Radio, host Larry Jacobs speaks with Kathleen Petersen, a former elementary school principal from St. George, Utah, about the importance of early childhood education in America and how she implemented a PreK program into her school. Kathleen is a former UAEYC Principal of the Year and NAESP National Distinguished […]


Waterford’s Commitment to Growth and Improving Education

   At, how we work matters, not just what we accomplish. Waterford’s President and CEO, Dr. Benjamin Heuston, and Andy Myers, COO, discuss the work environment and work ethic of the Waterford team. Waterford believes that as a thought leader in early childhood education, the organization must constantly strive for a better understanding […]


Waterford’s Commitment to Improving the Lives of Utah’s Refugee Community

   “We Positively Transform the Lives of Our Employees and of the Educators, Learners, and Families We Serve.”   At, we are committed to helping every child achieve success from the start. One of the groups that benefits most from the Waterford UPSTART program is the refugee community. This video highlights one refugee […]


Responsible Use of Technology and Screen Time for Early Education Success and Gains

  By: Dr. Benjamin Heuston, President & CEO There has been a troubling trend in education as many have taken extreme positions regarding the use of technology for early learners. Mission & Beliefs At our mission is to blend the best aspects of learning science, mentoring relationships, and innovative technologies to form […]


Waterford Institute Wins $14.2 Million EIR Grant to Bring Waterford UPSTART to Five States

(SALT LAKE CITY, UT) October 11, 2018 — Waterford Institute, the nonprofit provider of the Waterford UPSTART online kindergarten readiness program, today announced that it has been awarded an Education Innovation and Research (EIR) Expansion Grant from the United States Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement. The EIR program supports entities that design, […]


Waterford Early Learning Mobile Updates: Now Available in the Google Play Store

Now Available in the Google Play Store and on Amazon Earlier this year, beta testing for Waterford Early Learning began for Android mobile devices. Our Android users gave positive feedback, and we are happy to announce that Waterford Early Learning is now available for public download in the Google Play Store and on Amazon. Download […]