This is Derek Miller Speaking on Business. A strong economy starts with an educated workforce—the foundation of which begins before a child even enters kindergarten. Andy Myers, CEO of, is here to discuss how the early education nonprofit works to ensure all children see success from the start.


Literacy is the cornerstone of learning. A child who can read is a child who can learn. A child who loves learning is unstoppable. Our mission at is to achieve universal literacy for children through equity, access, and family empowerment. As an early education nonprofit, we have been helping children learn the fundamentals of literacy for more than 40 years. is headquartered in Utah, and in 2009, we partnered with the State Legislature to create Waterford Upstart—an at-home early education program designed to get our youngest learners ready for kindergarten.

Utah State Office of Education evaluations show children who participated in Waterford Upstart saw immediate positive gains and were still outperforming state averages on standardized tests through the third grade.

Waterford Upstart is in homes across the country—earning national recognition from the US Department of Education and the TED Organization which named the program one of 8 Audacious Projects in 2019.

Enrollment is open. If your child is entering kindergarten next year, apply today at

DEREK MILLER is setting children up for success in school and in life. Learn more at I’m Derek Miller with the Salt Lake Chamber, and this is Speaking on Business.