Be confident that your child is ready for kindergarten with Waterford Upstart!

Now that you’ve been accepted into Waterford Upstart, you are just three steps away from regular daily sessions:

Ready, Set, Go

The dates for these steps depend on your state.


You are Ready when you've done the following: 

  • Create a Waterford Mentor account. You’ll use your Mentor account to start sessions, track usage and achievements, and communicate with your program coaches. For help, click here.

  • Add your child to your Mentor account with the code that we sent you in your Ready! email. 

We've sent a Ready email to participants who registered before October 22. 

If you are a participant in Idaho, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, South Dakota, or Wyoming, you may be asked to participate in an independent evaluation.



You are Set when you've done the following:  

  • Complete Parent Orientation. It will be available the day after you add your child with the Mentor code. Access Parent Orientation and other training items in the training tab in Mentor.






  • Watch the “Skills Check” video. This will get you ready for the first skills check session that your child will take when the software is activated. 

  • Take a tour of Mentor! See what it has to offer. There's hundreds of useful resources and activities you can do anytime.

We've sent a Set email to participants who registered before October 15. 


You can Go on the following dates if you've done everything in the Ready and Set steps:

  • Maryland, New Mexico, Ohio, and Texas: November 2. 
  • Pennsylvania: October 26
  • Mississippi: September 28 - October 12
  • Alaska, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, and New Hampshire*: October 5.
  • Wisconsin: September 14.
  • Idaho, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming: September 1.
  • Utah: August 24.

We'll send you a Go email on the dates listed above. Once you Go, you should:

  • Have your child complete the Skills Check. For more information about how the Skills Check works and why it is so important, complete the lesson in your Mentor training tab.

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  • Start regular daily learning sessions. You’ll see a start button next to your child’s name in Waterford Mentor. 

  • Expect a phone call or an email from your program coach. 

  • Establish a consistent, daily routine and help your child do the program 15-20 minutes a day, 5 days a week. Consistency is key!

  • Keep up with their progress and achievements in Mentor by clicking on the available tabs.