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UPSTART Program Going Strong in Second Year


Waterford Institute™ Utah

The program takes place in the home, and if a family does not have a computer and access to the Internet UPSTART provides both, where needed.  Additional help is provided through Waterford Institute’s Learning Support Center, which maintains frequent contact with participants, and partners with parents to help them provide a strong learning foundation for their children.

In the past two years, over 3,000 preschoolers from across the state have participated in the UPSTART program.  On average, these participants finish the program at a Kindergarten Advanced reading level, which means that, when compared to their peers across the country, UPSTART children enter kindergarten reading at the same level other children do in their last three months of kindergarten.  Some participants are even completing the program at the First Grade reading level.  

Cade Brenchley Henefer, Utah

"Alivia’s pre-kindergarten screener thought she could go straight to first grade," Brenchley said. "She was one of the few students, if not the only one, who could count to 100."

Brenchley also mentioned that Alivia amazed the members of her local church congregation when, before entering kindergarten, she read a talk by herself from the pulpit. "They couldn’t believe it," Brenchley said. "UPSTART really helped Alivia."

Amira Chavez-Ramirez

Dan Jones

Claudia Miner




Utah Salt Lake City, Utah Utah

SOURCE Waterford Institute

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