Young children throughout rural Utah will soon get free computer-based preschool lessons in their homes, thanks to a $11.5 million federal grant.
Eighteen rural Utah school districts have signed agreements with Sandy-based Waterford Institute to participate in the company's UPSTART program, which delivers preschool lessons via home computers.
More than 7,000 Utah children have already participated in the program since it began receiving state funding five years ago. Now the program will expand to 18 rural districts with federal Investing in Innovation money.
Preschoolers from each district can participate in the voluntary program until kindergarten. They'll then use it again during the summers in kindergarten through second grade to try to prevent learning loss during the summers.