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Want to make sure your child's still learning? Here's how

Waterford UPSTART is offering a program for four-year olds that gives them access to early education for FREE.

SALT LAKE CITY — There's a new way parents can help their four year-old children learn before they go to kindergarten. 

Kim Fischer, Public Relations Director from the non-profit Waterford.org, out of Utah, joined us Friday, May 8th on Good Morning Quad Cities to talk about their new program called UPSTART and how it can be beneficial to parents in Illinois.

The program's for Pre-K children, which are kids going into kindergarten in the fall of 2021. Fischer says parents can watch their children learn how to read from the comforts of their own home.

"Those children are going to be prepared when they walk into kindergarten," she said. "Our graduates start reading at a nearly first grade level when they walk into kindergarten." 

Fischer says they don't have a program going on in Iowa right now, but they will begin one in the Fall of 2021. Registration will begin in the spring of 2021.

Registration for Illinois' program is going on right now. If you're a parent that wants to sign your child up, click here.