All Eyes on Utah As Waterford Institute Leads in Early Childhood Education Innovation


January 15, 2014 — Waterford Institute was recently awarded $11.5 million from the Investing in Innovation (i3) 2013 federal grant competition for its early education curriculum and in-home preschool program UPSTART.

The U.S. Department of Education awarded a total of $134 million in 2013 for i3, its flagship grant program, which is designed to find and expand innovative educational practices that improve student achievement. Waterford Institute, a Sandy, Utah-based nonprofit research and education technology center, was one of just 25 grant recipients selected from a pool of 618 applicants and the only elementary and early childhood program in the nation to receive this year’s i3 validation grant award.

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