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Spaces for this unique summer offering will fill quickly, so make sure you register today to reserve your spot!

Summer Learning Path: Academic Response to COVID-19 for PreK Children See enrollment and eligibility requirements below

Summer Learning Path: Academic Response to COVID-19 for PreK Children
See enrollment and eligibility requirements below.

Welcome to Waterford UPSTART: Summer Learning Path!

Waterford UPSTART is a school-readiness program that teaches preschool-aged children the skills they need to be ready for school, including basic reading, math, science, and social-emotional learning.

In response to the educational interruptions caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, we’ve arranged  to offer free summer access to our award-winning school readiness program in select states: Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Ohio, and Texas.

What Do You Get with
Waterford UPSTART: Summer Learning Path?

Access to our award-winning Waterford UPSTART software

A program coach for personalized support

If needed, a computer and Internet access while using the program

Who is Eligible for
Waterford UPSTART: Summer Learning Path?

Preschool-aged children in an eligible state with a valid address in Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Ohio, or Texas

Preschool-aged children born between Sept 1, 2014 and Sept 1, 2015 entering kindergarten Fall 2020

Because our mission is to serve the most at-risk children, we will give priority placement to families at or below 200 percent of federal poverty guidelines at the time of registration.

We especially want to support those who have recently lost income, employment, or access to federally funded preschool due to COVID-19.

When Will It Start and End?

Registration is open now, and the program will begin June 1. This summer offer ends August 31, 2020. We will reach out to get you started as soon as a spot is available.

What Else Do I Need to Know?

Our software works best on computers and laptops running Google Chrome. 

To ensure you know exactly how to use the program, we will provide training videos.

What Happens Next?

Once your registration is accepted and a spot becomes available, we will contact you with the next steps. Please be patient—we are processing requests as quickly as we can. We’ve never done this during a pandemic before!


In the meantime, check out the learning activities and resources on our Waterford UPSTART Facebook page, which we update daily.

Why Waterford UPSTART?

We’ve been involved with at-home learning for over a decade, and we know it poses many challenges to families, even under normal conditions. But 2020 is definitely not normal.

We take seriously our mission to get children ready to start school, and we’re happy to offer some extra help during a unique and difficult time, especially to families who are affected by employment layoffs and furloughs. 

As a nonprofit, we can provide this program at no cost to families thanks to generous philanthropic support. The Summer Learning Path is possible because of support from The Studio @ Blue Meridian, The Valhalla Charitable Foundation, and Overdeck Family Foundation, among others.

What Do Waterford UPSTART
Parents Say?

“I am so surprised Waterford UPSTART has her already reading words and how great her vocabulary has grown, even before kindergarten. This has been the greatest thing for her.”
“Waterford UPSTART helped both me and my child. I was floundering with everything I thought I needed to teach her ‘right now.’ I was very stressed. Waterford UPSTART pointed me in the right direction and allowed me to expand on the lessons she had each day.”
“My son’s vocabulary just exploded with the Waterford UPSTART program. He is such a great reader now and loves reading EVERYTHING!”
“After Waterford UPSTART, when he looks at pictures or at a book, he’s formulating sentences, pulling coherent thoughts together to tell you what’s going on in the picture. He’s ready for big school. He’s ready to go.”
“Waterford UPSTART is a great way to be consistently preparing your child for kindergarten, in a fun and educational way.”
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