There is an online home-based program that prepares 4-year-olds for kindergarten.
The free program recently received state funding, tripling the available slots. Now the organizers are trying to attract more recruits.
“I am very happy with it. Kids find it interesting and it’s pretty short these days, ”said Brittany Barraco.
With just 15 minutes a day spent on the computer, students like Barraco’s daughter learn to recognize letters and numbers by participating in the Waterford Start-Up Program.
“We are able to give them something fun, educational and during the time that they are not going to check out,” Fischer said.
In July, there were only 400 slots available.
Now, thanks to the educational innovation research grant, 1,200 places are available, but organizers say they have difficulty reaching families.
“It’s a little harder to get in touch with these families unless you go door to door and knock to let families know this program is available,” Fischer said.
Barraco, a military mom from Minot, has her 4-year-old child, Adalyn, in the program.
She said she was thankful that she didn’t have to pay for a preschool program.
“We’re a one-income family, so having to pay for preschool in North Dakota is something we can’t really afford to do right now,” Barraco said.
Adalynn knows what she thinks about learning.
“I’m very excited,” said Adalynn.
Registrations have been extended until October.