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Nonprofit offers computer, internet and early education program to families disrupted by COVID-19

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Posted at 11:04 AM, May 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-06 12:04:30-04

COVID-19 has affected all aspects of our lives. Many children in need of early education have found themselves at home without an option in the crucial months before they begin kindergarten.

In order to make sure children are prepared for that first day of school, Waterford.org is providing the Waterford Upstart Summer Learning Path to any Texas child entering kindergarten this fall whose family falls 200% or below the poverty line.

This program aims to support the students and families who have been affected by COVID-19 either through personal economic hardship or due to the closure of many PreK and Head Start options.

Waterford.org is a national early education nonprofit with a mission to achieve universal literacy through access, equity and parent empowerment.

The organization received charitable donations to provide the Waterford Upstart Summer Learning Path to 3,500 families across Texas this summer at no cost.

The personalized online program will be used 25 minutes a day, 5 days a week during the condensed summer program.

This will help students achieve the number of minutes necessary to be kindergarten ready and still falls well within the American Academy of Pediatricians and World Health Organization’s recommendations of no more than one hour of screen time per day for four-year-old children.