Registration for UPSTART early-learning program ends May 31
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Registration for the Grand County School District’s Rural i3 UPSTART Program remains open until May 31 and several spots are still available, said officials with the Moab Valley Multicultural Center, which is serving as the program’s liaison.

“We have about 20 spots that are still open,” said Rhiana Medina, the Multicultural Center’s executive director and part of the support staff for the program.

UPSTART is an in-home, computer-based early learning program funded by a federal grant which is designed to prepare children for kindergarten and then prevent learning decay in the summer. Participating parents and children will use the program for 15 minutes a day, five days a week.  

  Participating children get free reading or math and science curriculum for the year prior to enrollment in kindergarten, and summer instruction after kindergarten, first and second grades. 

“The program is easy-to-use and captures children’s interest and imagination with engaging books, songs, and activities,” Medina said, adding that the UPSTART has received a 99 percent approval rating from parents who have had children in the program.”

Participating families may also qualify to use a free computer and Internet if they don’t have equipment or access.

  “This is a district-approved program,” Medina said. “Waterford Institute, a Sandy, Utah-based research and education technology nonprofit, is working with us to offer this opportunity.”

   To enroll, contact the Multicultural Center at 435-259-5444.

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