North Dakota Kindergarten Readiness Program (NDKRead)


NDKRead is a program launched in partnership with North Dakota’s Center for Distance Education (NDCDE) and Waterford Institute’s UPSTART program to help kids acquire the skills they need to enter kindergarten knowing how to read. This is a program designed to supplement, not replace an already existing pre-school program.

NDKRead Child using Surface

How it Works

The program utilizes adaptive online software to target instruction for kids in the areas of reading preparedness where they most need help. Each student receives a personalized learning pathway based upon areas of strengths and weaknesses. The targeted areas include:

  • Phonics
  • Phonological Awareness
  • Comprehension and Vocabulary
  • Language Concepts
  • Fluency

Program Process

  1. Child is enrolled in the program for 12 calendar months.
  2. Each family receives a care representative from North Dakota that provides weekly and monthly progress reports. The care representative is also there to provide support and guidance throughout the length of the program.
  3. The child logs into the program with a parent or guardian 15 minutes a day, 5 days a week. Goal is 75 minutes of weekly usage over the length of a traditional school year calendar.
  4. Child is prepared to read upon entering kindergarten.

Cost Per Enrollment

  • North Dakota Residents: $169
  • Non-North Dakota Residents: $250

(*) Schools or child care facilities looking to manage learner enrollments on their own should contact the Director of Statewide Programs for special pricing.

How to Enroll

To enroll in the NDKRead program please click the link below.

Link to NDKRead Enrollment Form

Needed Materials

  • Desktop computer, laptop, or iPad
  • Daily Internet access

NDKRead Child


Listed below are Kindergarten Readiness reference documents.

Waterford UPSTART Results
Title Type View
2016 Longitudinal Study pdf Download
Investing in Innovation Grant Study pdf Download
Ohio Pilot Review pdf Download
Waterford Institute: By the Numbers pdf Download

Case Studies

Story #1 (Ohio)


Story #2 (Mississippi)


For More Information

Please contact:
Dr. Matthew Lonn, Director of Statewide Programs
(701) 368 4229

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