Children in Utah were coming to kindergarten unprepared to learn, but many parents were unwilling to send very young children to school. Transportation was another issue in rural parts of the state. To address the Kindergarten readiness issue, the legislature created UPSTART, a five year pilot program to test the potential of literacy software used at home.
Students who spent the night in a homeless shelter, rather than their own beds, may be confused or ashamed, and may lose not only cognitive but social skills. Obama's focus on putting more Americans back to work thus has the potential to right many of the educational wrongs that these children have suffered.