SALT LAKE CITY – Applications for a free software program for pre-school children are now being accepted by the Waterford Institute.
The Utah Legislature has provided funding for 1,000 pre-kindergarten children to participate in UPSTART, an online program that teaches early literacy skills.
Children entering kindergarten in 2015 qualify to enroll, and can benefit from the individualized reading, math and science curriculum, according to a press release.
“An external evaluation of UPSTART’s year three program shows tremendous gains for the children in the program regardless of ethnicity, socioeconomic status, geographic locale and whether or not the children had additional preschool education,” said Benjamin Heuston, president of Waterford Institute, as quoted in the release.
Parents are involved in helping the child learn with UPSTART, and programs are available in both English and Spanish.
To learn more, visit utahupstart.org.