The nonprofit Waterford.org uses your generous donations to provide children with scholarships for Waterford UPSTART, the award-winning kindergarten readiness project that’s provided at no cost to families.
Whether providing a one-time donation or monthly donation, you can help make this life-changing impact on children’s lives.
2.2 million children, nearly half of our nation’s 4-year-olds, don’t have access to early education.
The average Waterford UPSTART graduate enters kindergarten reading at nearly a first-grade level.
Academic gains from Waterford UPSTART continue through the 4th grade, especially among under-resourced populations.
At Waterford.org, we look to serve children for whom we can have the greatest impact. These most under-resourced families receive the following through Waterford UPSTART:
Parent Support and Coaching – Many under-resourced communities struggle to provide families with early education resources. Waterford UPSTART empowers parents with the tools they need to guide their child to academic success.
Technology They Cannot Afford – Waterford UPSTART provides new laptops for children to use our software, but that also allows family members to learn, communicate, and grow, eliminating the technology gap in many low-income homes.
Internet Access They Cannot Afford – A lack of reliable high-speed Internet can be a barrier to education options. Waterford UPSTART resolves this access issue by providing Internet directly in the homes of participants.
Award-Winning Early Learning Software – Waterford UPSTART provides early education access directly in the homes, which proves successful in as little as 15 minutes a day, 5 days a week.
While we provide full scholarships with the most pride, they are also the most expensive. The average cost per child for Waterford UPSTART is $1,800.* No matter your contribution, you are helping provide Waterford UPSTART to one under-resourced family.
*80% of participants will require all elements of Waterford UPSTART, an estimated cost of $2,000 per child; 20% will only require software and support, an average cost of $1,000 per child
Utah’s Refugee Community
Waterford UPSTART is proven effective, particularly in English Language Learners. Utah has a strong refugee community, and Waterford partners with them to help their children prepare for kindergarten. But we also support parents who are learning English and learning technology for the first time.