This free, interactive program makes reading easier for children before kindergarten

(good things utah) For just 15 minutes a day, 5 days a week, your child can enter primary school with all the skills and knowledge required to read at the same level as their peers, if not better. Waterford Rookie has provided these opportunities to over 150,000 children across the country, and at NO COST to their families.

“It costs absolutely nothing as it is state sponsored,” adds Kim Fischer, national spokesperson for Waterford Upstart.

Working with families whose children are entering kindergarten and with funding approved earlier this year to offset the pandemic, the non-profit Waterford Upstart program offers children a fun alternative for learning to read. The home program gives children all the help they need through a series of fun games and activities on an interactive computer program. These engaging programs have made it easier for children and their parents to prepare for a more active focus on literacy in kindergarten and beyond.

“With the pandemic, it was wonderful to have that consistency,” says Rachel, who used the Waterford program with her four children, including Hannah, 6. “…she loves the motorcycle game.”

As part of the Waterford Upstart programme, courses are easy to follow as they involve:

  • 15 minutes a day
  • Five days a week
  • The help of a coach
  • Mental Skills Lessons
  • Computer and internet (if needed)

They have also partnered with the Granite School District to provide Waterford Upstart to its Year Three students reading at Year One level. The objective of these programs is to put these students on an equal footing with their peers. In addition to literacy classes, children can also sign up to practice their math and science skills through the Upstart at-home program.

Kim Fischer remarks, “We all know there’s a shortage of teachers right now…Teachers are tired, burnt out, they’re mentally drained after the pandemic. It’s something that’s going to get these kids (from the Granite School District) ready for school, kindergarten through 3rd grade, so they come in with some summer literacy.

For more information and to register for the program, visit them online at or call them on 888-982-9898.

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Ryan H. Bowman