Upstart Utah: FREE Preschool online!

Get your kids ready for Kindergarten by registering with UPSTART in Utah. It’s a FREE preschool online that makes learning interactive and fun!

Girl on the computer doing Upstart in Utah Preschool

Upstart Utah: A Free online Preschool

I am thrilled to let you know about UPSTART in Utah! UPSTART is a free online preschool that is designed to help your child prepare for Kindergarten.

I’ve used the program for my kids and can say with certainty that it made all of the difference in their preparation for entering Kindergarten.

When I was approached by UPSTART and Mom it Forward to be compensated to share this information with you I had no hesitation because this is a program that we LOVE!

What is Upstart in Utah?

UPSTART is a non-profit organization, preschool program in Utah.

Primary Focus of Upstart Program?

Help people who may not otherwise be able to afford a preschool program. There are even sponsorships’ available to give families access to a computer for their home during the year of the program and the program is offered to families who speak Spanish and English with online assistance as well.

Do I only use Upstart as Preschool?

For my children, I still had them do in person preschool for the social aspect and for learning classroom rules. Also it’s great for kids to feel some independence outside of the home before going to school. The only problem I found is Preschool didn’t result in a lot of “academic” learning.

The UPSTART program gave my kids the confidence they needed for entering kindergarten and a love for reading. They knew most of the letters, a lot of numbers, and letter sounds.

The most important thing is that my kids walked away from the program loving to learn. Plus they have the confidence to continue learning. What is REALLY cool is a lot of kids are reading quite fluently by the time they are done with UPSTART!

I have known people who have used UPSTART in Utah as their primary/only source of preschool for Kindergarten and have had great success. There’s really no right or wrong way, you just need to do what’s best for you and your kids.

What does Upstart primarily focus on?

  • Reading (primarily)
  • Mathematics
  • Science
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Child Assessment

Each child that enters the program is assessed on an individual basis. The program will progress as they master a skill. If your child needs a little more time, it allows as much time needed to master the skill.

Upstart Curriculum

“UPSTART uses Waterford Institute’s award-winning software. It contains thousands of educational songs, books and lessons to teach reading, math and science. Each child is given unique, individualized lessons based on their skill level and learning style.”

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What Grade Level of Academics is offered?

The program offers up to a 2nd grade level. Your child could master skills well beyond kindergarten prep!

Child holding Upstart Utah packet

How does the registration process work?

UPSTART is available to everyone, but the registration is a first come first serve basis. I will admit that as soon as my child is born I make sure their immunizations, records, social security is in line….and I make sure they are on the wait list for UPSTART. Okay, I know that sounds crazy, because really? YES! I really have registered my children as soon as possible as soon as I found out about it and experienced it.

How Much time is Required for Upstart?

My kids have loved doing UPSTART. Your child needs to do does 15 minutes a day, 5 times a week. If you have other children who are interested in learning, they can join in as well!

Only 15 minutes is required to be deemed “active” in the program. We usually do 20-25 minutes. My kids always want to play longer!

One thing that has been helpful for us is to buy a little 15 minute timer. This lets them keep track of their own minutes.

We loved this PENGUIN TIMER or this LADY BUG TIMER, the kids think they are a lot of fun.

Upstart Progress Chart

Making a progress chart is a fun way to let your children see the progress they have made as they learn. UPSTART will send a gold/silver/bronze badge sticker as well in the mail once a month for the their participation.

Upstart calendar progress chart

Register For Upstart Now!

The program has proven that for just 15 minutes a day, 5 days a week, children can become kindergarten ready. Most children graduate from UPSTART at an advanced kindergarten level.

Over 15% of Utah preschoolers use UPSTART! In a 2013 study, external evaluators found that kids using UPSTART have 2-3x higher learning rates than those who don’t use the program.

Don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity for your child! Register now for UPSTART at waterfordupstart.org

I really cannot say enough about how much we love this program! You can connect with UPSTART on Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube.

If you have used the UPSTART program I would love to hear your thoughts!

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  • Stephanie

    I LOVE Upstart! My son just graduated a few months ago, and I already have my daughter registered for next year!ReplyCancel

  • Thank you for sharing your experience with Utah Upstart! We are so happy that it was a wonderful fit for you and your littles.ReplyCancel

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