Waterford Upstart Kindergarten Readiness provides four-year-old children access to the highest form of academic support in their early education at no cost to participants: personalized family education and coaching, a new computer and Internet access if needed, and adaptive educational software. The average Waterford Upstart graduate enters kindergarten reading nearly at a first-grade level and maintains their gains for years to come!
Problem. Research has well-established the importance of early education for a child’s continued success. But despite public policy pushes to fund it, about 2.2 million children in the United States — one-half of all the country’s 4-year-olds — don’t have access to an early education program.