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Waterford Upstart gives parents the tools they need to become their child's first teacher

Posted at 1:39 PM, Sep 30, 2020

School is incredibly uncertain and stressful for families. This pandemic could have life-long effects on education especially for our youngest learners.

Children entering kindergarten in 2021 have an option to prepare at home and thanks to state funding, it costs families nothing.

Waterford.org National Spokesperson Kim Fischer joined us to tell us more about the Waterford Upstart program.

Fischer says the program gives parents the tools they need to become their child's first teacher, using software that adapts to how your child learns and where they could use additional help.

The program is 15 minutes a day, 5 days a week.

Then parents get a coach to help them through the process and push notifications with fun ideas to do offline that address what your child is learning and social and emotional conversations you can have with your child.

Waterford Upstart even provides a computer and internet to families that qualify at no cost.

The nonprofit has partnered with the Utah State Legislature to provide this program to families. State leaders understand the importance of all children walking into kindergarten ready to learn.

And right now, any Utah family with a child who will begin kindergarten in 2021 can register, not a single family will be turned away.

Just go to waterfordupstart.org.