I'd like to thank Waterford Upstart for giving me their "Champion of Early Learning" award. The group thanks me for my support of Wisconsin's youngest learners and their families. I truly appreciate the honor.
Innovative programs like Waterford Upstart will help us close the achievement gap and provide a solid base for children to show up ready to learn when they reach kindergarten. The Department of Public Instruction awarded $500,000 in matching grants to the Waterford Upstart program. Waterford Upstart helps low-come, four-year-old children prepare for school at home for free.
Our kids are falling behind. The achievement gap in too many school districts is appalling. That's why I authored a new law that creates a pilot program to create an online early learning program to help young children better transition into kindergarten. Especially during these times, it’s important to have online learning options with proven results.