Engaging Early Literacy Curriculum for PreK Through Second Grade

Anchored in the science of learning, students progress through an adaptive learning path in reading, math, and science.

Engaging Early Literacy Curriculum for PreK Through Second Grade

Anchored in the science of learning, students progress through an adaptive learning path in reading, math, and science.

Aligned for Success

Engage Learners in Explicit Instruction
Encourage Families with Personalized Support
Equip Educators with a Proven Program

Free Science of Reading Virtual Summit

Join Waterford.org literacy experts and your fellow peers for an in-depth exploration of the neuroscience behind how children learn to read. We’ll demystify best practices around teaching phonological awareness, phonics, the four domains of language, and more. You’ll get immediate ideas to implement in your classroom and share with the educators you support.

How Does Waterford’s Early Learning Program Work?

Students receive explicit and systematic instruction. Learners leap forward once they’ve demonstrated skill proficiency and encounter supportive feedback and reteaching when necessary.


2,000+ explicit reading lessons
7,000+ activities
180 instructional songs
225 hours of instruction
Aligned to standards


Math & Science

700+ lessons
5,000+ activities
173 instructional songs
110 books
300 hours of instruction
Aligned to standards

Personalized Learning, Perfect for Every Learner: Early Learning is FUNdamental

Waterford knows that learning is fun! Interactive early learning activities, songs, and stories are designed to suit how young children learn. Presented with a lovable cast of characters, students work toward literacy skill proficiency at their own pace.  Because of its adaptive nature, it’s perfect for all learners, including those receiving special education services and students needing more challenging content. Multilingual learners who speak Spanish thrive with embedded Spanish language support and companion resources in Spanish.

Rooted in the Science of Reading

By leveraging evidence-based research and the science of reading, each student’s reading development is optimized to accelerate learning and provide targeted intervention. Learn more

Math & Science

Learners develop foundational math and science literacy skills through an adaptive learning path infused with authentic texts and engaging songs to develop academic vocabulary and background knowledge, aligned to Common Core and state standards. The math curriculum follows the What Works Clearinghouse Five Evidence-based Recommendations for Teaching Math to Young Children.

Positive Cultural Representation

The Waterford curriculum uses a “Windows and Mirrors” framework when creating content. Taking careful consideration to ensure learners see themselves positively represented–”mirrored”–in the content, and have a respectful, accurate, inclusive “window” to other cultures, storylines, illustrations, and narration. Download Window & Mirrors

Built-in Family Engagement


Families are encouraged to participate in their child’s learning journey. Personalized learning tips, plus access to hundreds of digital books and resources in English and Spanish, offer families loads of ideas for at-home learning.

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High Quality Instructional Materials Backed by Dozens of ESSA Efficacy Studies

Equip your educators with the resources to support every learner in less time!

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Digital Learning Activities for Whole and Small Group Instruction

Digital playlists make it easy to teach new skills and reinforce learning concepts on interactive whiteboards or by assigning playlists to groups of students.

Extensive Library of Printable Resources

With thousands of standards-aligned resources, educators have instant access to print resources to supplement instruction.

Data for On-the-Spot Decision Making

Intuitive dashboards and reports allow educators to quickly identify where support is needed, monitor progress, and track usage.

Equitable Impact

Waterford programs have demonstrated the highest levels of ESSA efficacy, including two randomized control trial studies published in the prestigious What Works Clearinghouse. Results consistently support Waterford’s effectiveness regardless of school or district size, location, and demographics.


Waterford significantly and equitably impacts Nevada learning outcomes in reading and math.


Waterford leads all kindergarten early learning programs in Utah.

First Grade

Waterford usage in kindergarten leads to Texas first graders outperforming their peers in literacy.

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