Preparing Students to Kindergarten Using UPSTART at Home
Wednesday, June 21 2:15-2:45 PM Location: Bell
Presider: Lyudmila Smirnova, Mount Saint Mary College, United States
Abstract: UPSTART is an in-home preschool program that uses CAI to provide children an individualized reading curriculum. UPSTART forms a partnership with parents to ensure their children use the program for fifteen minutes per day, five days per week. This report summarizes the results of seven years of data. Data was collected using WACS, Bader, and Brigance. At the conclusion of each program year, children who have met the usage requirements have been assessed at the Kindergarten Advanced level. This average is regardless of ethnicity, socio-economic status, and geographic locale. Additionally, students who participated in the UPSTART program significantly outperformed control students on multiple reading subskills.