UPSTART is an at-home preschool program sponsored by the state of Utah. Four- and five-year-olds not yet in kindergarten are provided with Waterford Institute’s award-winning software (and, if they qualify, a loaner computer and free Internet access). UPSTART provides an individualized and optimally sequenced full preschool curriculum with a particular focus on early reading instruction. There are currently 1,300 children enrolled in the program and over 900 on the waiting list to participate.
Effectiveness of Software Learning
Based on nationally recognized guidelines for reading assessment, Waterford Assessments of Core Skills™ (WACS) is a new approach that personalizes pre-literacy testing for young learners.