Claudia Miner: A new way to get every child ready for kindergarten
As the cofounder and executive director of Waterford UPSTART, Claudia Miner has one goal: to help families overcome barriers and prepare their children for lifelong learning. Full bio
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is it gives you perspective.
to education in the United States.
for a child to start learning
in early education in the US
to talk about what came before
most at-risk children ready for school.
2.2 million children in the US
the four-year-olds in the country.
happens to those children.
without basic skills
to become teen parents
to go to college.
early education is,
we've come up with to date
working parents everywhere.
a four-year-old to go to school.
to educate a preschooler
to keep talking about problems?
a cost-effective, technology-delivered,
that can be done in the home.
in the US have already used it.
at a national problem.
designed to individualize instruction,
ranging from reading to sociology
to all aspects of early learning,
should do and look like.
to the tune of "Day-O"): Zero!
that's different from the others.
I'm sure you'll discover.
to teach you some things about numbers.
when you blend letter sounds together,
is short, colorful and catchy,
and more effective.
of their children's education.
ready for school.
checklist from a state.
in-person group training.
every reading, math and science box,
for motor skills and self-help skills,
on social emotional learning.
completion rate for the program.
into 13,500 children
have two to three times the learning gains
participate in the program.
strong evidence of effectiveness,
last into third and fourth grade,
had achieved at the time.
that our children's social emotional gains
attending public and private preschool.
who have participated in UPSTART to date
children in Mississippi --
learners in Arizona --
this is my favorite graduation photo;
parts of the United States.
where she lives in Monument Valley.
should have screen time.
of 15 minutes a day, five days a week,
by the American Academy of Pediatrics
only site-based preschool can work,
site-based preschool is great,
or if a parent won't send a child there,
results-based option a great alternative?
with site-based preschools.
800 children in Mississippi
with their families.
across the country --
would not have access to early education.
to educate their children.
the program and get data.
will work with its children
to help us champion UPSTART
in three states to date:
in a number of states
with the greatest geographic barriers
that already have early education
great academic results
and work to convince,
helps turn the tide there.
children in five years,
to offer UPSTART to their children.
with UPSTART, a computer and internet,
get UPSTART in the future.
to go to their government
to get children ready for school.
if you weren't an engaged citizen,
a watershed moment in early education?
would not be ready for school.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERClaudia Miner - Early education innovator
As the cofounder and executive director of Waterford UPSTART, Claudia Miner has one goal: to help families overcome barriers and prepare their children for lifelong learning.
Why you should listen
Each year, 2.2 million four-year-old children in the United States do not have access to publicly-funded early education. More than half are from low-income families who have no early education options at all.
Claudia Miner and her team at Waterford UPSTART want to change that. They believe no child should start school behind their peers. Waterford UPSTART has one goal: to ensure that every child arrives at school on day one ready to learn.
As Miner writes: "Twelve years ago, I joined Waterford.org after I heard about the organization's mission of serving children. It spoke to me in a way no other work had. Working with great people, we charted a course to serve children in the home to get them ready for school. This was a radical move -- especially since we were putting our faith in parents -- but it fit my beliefs and has become my passion. Parents have proven they are up to the task. Knowing I have a role in helping children set the stage for success in life gets me up in the morning with a great and powerful purpose."
With support from The Audacious Project, Miner and her colleagues are expanding the program to reach even more families, filling early education gaps across the nation.
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