SALT LAKE CITY — An online preschool program for Utah children is available at no charge through UPSTART.
The program was extended by the Utah Legislature, and will now be open to thousands more children.
Previously, the program was available to 1,500 children. With the added funding, it will be extended to service as many as 5,000.
UPSTART is a free, in-home preschool program, according to a press release. It provides reading, math and science curriculum from Waterford Institute, a Sandy-based nonprofit research center and curriculum developer.
While the program is open to everyone, families of lower socioeconomic status and children who are learning English as a second language are especially a priority.
In some cases, a free computer and Internet service will be provided.
For more information, contact utahupstart.org, or call 800-960-4002.
Research indicates children who participate in the program enter school already above kindergarten level, said the release, and score two and three times higher when academic growth rates are measured.