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Why every preschooler should be doing this!

Posted at 1:19 PM, Oct 14, 2020

It only takes 15 minutes a day, 5 days a week and your 4-year-old will graduate the Waterford UPSTART program with nearly a first-grade reading level. is an early education nonprofit with a mission to achieve universal literacy for children through equity, access, and parent empowerment.

Their program Waterford UPSTART was created in Utah in 2009 as an in-home, early education program designed to help 4-year-old children get ready for kindergarten.

Jenny Hardman talked with Kim Fisher, National Spokesperson and VP of communication, and shared her first-hand experience watching her twin nephews and niece do the Waterford UPSTART program on their recent family vacation.

Kim also shared that just announced the findings of the most recent Utah High-Quality School Readiness Expansion (HQSR-E) Program Evaluation, which recommends Waterford UPSTART be implemented in all public and private high-quality preschool programs in the state where possible.

"We are truly honored to have partnered with the Utah State Board of Education and the Utah State Legislature to bring the Waterford UPSTART program to Utah families 12 years running," said Claudia Miner, Waterford UPSTART executive director. "What this independent, third-party study shows us is that the Waterford UPSTART program, whether done in the home with parent support or in partnership with a traditional high-quality preschool, helps children develop the literacy and social-emotional skills necessary for school success and continued academic achievement."

The Waterford UPSTART program provides positive parent-child interactions while delivering personalized, online instruction 15 minutes a day, 5 days a week. Parents are given the tools they need to become their child's first and most influential teacher, including a parent coach, computer and internet access at no cost.

Waterford UPSTART is still enrolling in Utah for more information go to