Waterford Institute, a non-profit out of Utah, recently won a $14.2 million grant from the federal government to fully fund their upstart program in five new states.  

Starting next summer, UPSTART will come to the Treasure State fully funded for all 4 and 5 year olds. The home school readiness program uses technology in the home, with the help of parents, to provide pre-school education for kids with transportation problems in rural communities. 

Computers and high speed internet access will be provided to these families free of charge to work on early reading, math, and even science...fifteen minutes a day, five days a week. You may be thinking, why do my students need to be enrolled in an education program before they're supposed to start school? Claudia Miner says it's a sign of the times.

"One of the things we have found is that kindergarten standards or requirements if you will have changed dramatically. I think for a lot of parents when they look at what their child's supposed to know now in kindergarten, its what they learned in kindergarten," said Miner. 

Waterford Institute will be working with education leaders in Montana in the coming months to identify where these programs are needed the most. If you are interested, you can go to www.waterfordupstart.org to pre-enroll your student today. 

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