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Waterford.org seeks to blend the best aspects of learning science, mentoring relationships, and innovative technologies to form community, school, and home programs that deliver excellence and equity for all learners. We believe all children deserve success from the start.
Waterford.org is an early education nonprofit with a mission to achieve universal literacy for children through equity, access, and parent empowerment. Waterford develops educational tools that guide students along adaptive, individualized learning paths toward fluent reading and lifelong learning. Waterford empowers parents as a child’s first teacher and supports teachers in taking the right actions at the right time for their students. In total, Waterford.org serves more than 300,000 children every year through all of our programs, and that number is continually growing.
Through a partnership with the Utah State Legislature, Waterford.org developed Waterford UPSTART in 2009. Waterford UPSTART helps four-year-old children develop cognitive and social-emotional skills at home by empowering parents to become their child’s first and most influential teachers, at no cost. The children use personalized software just 15 minutes a day, five days a week in the year before they start school. Waterford UPSTART has been rigorously tested and proven, earning the program a federal EIR grant and the title of a TED Audacious project. Independent research shows the average Waterford UPSTART graduate enters kindergarten reading at nearly a first-grade level and maintains those gains through the fourth grade.
- Waterford.org is awarded an Education Innovation and Research (EIR) Expansion Grant from the United States Dept. of Ed.
- Waterford.org is one of 8 nonprofit organizations in the world named a 2019 TED Audacious Project.
- Independent research shows the average Waterford UPSTART grad enters kindergarten reading at nearly a first-grade level