Iowa nonprofit works to address need for early education

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An education nonprofit organization wants to support Iowa 4-year-olds.

The goal at Waterford Upstart is to help families recognize the need for early education. The program delivers personalized, online instruction 15 minutes a day, five days a week.

A family coach guides families so they can continue engaging their children offline, too. It’s the first time it’s been available in Iowa.

Those behind the program say COVID-19 revealed the need. The nonprofit is preparing children for kindergarten at home and at no cost.

Right now, they’re looking for 200 pre-K kids in our state, especially families who don’t have access to publicly funded early education.

“If you talk to a kindergarten teacher they’ll tell you that that first day of school you have children that enter that are already starting to read, and then maybe others that don’t even have letter recognition yet, and so that makes it really difficult for the teacher to know who to teach to, and those children who are behind, they feel it, they recognize it, and it affects their confidence,” said Kim Fischer, with Waterford Upstart….”

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