Is online early-childhood education the next big thing?

Utah rolled this online program out to thousands of young children in the state. The Obama administration funded it through its Investing in Innovation grant program to the tune of more than $11 million.
And now Waterford UPSTART, an educational software program whose creators say can help prepare children for kindergarten through 75 minutes each week of online learning, has received one of its largest money infusions—this time from a philanthropic effort organized by the same group that puts on "TED Talks."