Jumpstart. A national leader in early childhood education.
If there’s one constant in life, it’s change. That’s why we here at Jumpstart regularly refine our award-winning program in response to emerging research. Not only does this keep us at the forefront of trends in early education, it also provides children with the most effective Jumpstart program possible. And that’s our ultimate goal.
Staying ahead of the curve
Individual child assessment and external review of our program are the two crucial components for measuring the success of Jumpstart.
Jumpstart Learning Collaborative
Jumpstart has had a measurable impact on the community, and has been the subject of numerous studies by university researchers. We value the objective perspectives that people outside of our program can provide. That’s why the Jumpstart Learning Collaborative works with university researchers to provide critical outside evaluations of our program. The insight they provide prove invaluable to the refinement of Jumpstart.
The Collaborative consists of three major research programs: the Targeted Grants Program, the Small Grants Competition, and the Research Consortium.
Targeted Grants Program
The Targeted Grants Program is designed to engage university-based researchers by providing research funds typically ranging from $50,000-$100,000 for large scale quantitative research studies evaluating Jumpstart’s impact.
Small Research Grant Competition
For the past four years, Jumpstart has awarded a total of six small grants to support researchers in examining research questions related to Jumpstart’s program. We are thankful to The Pitney Bowes Foundation for their support of the 2013 Research Grant Competition.
Jumpstart is delighted have awarded two Jumpstart Learning Collaborative small grants for the 2014-2015 program year. Professor Kathleen Corriveau from Boston University will be examining "Children's Use of Explanations to Develop Critical Thinking in Jumpstart Classrooms." The goal of this research study is to explore the effectiveness of the Jumpstart program in promoting vocabulary and critical thinking (metalinguistic) skills.
In addition, Dr. Lori Gardinier at Northeastern University will be examining "The Role of Jumpstart as a Professional Pipeline." The goal of this research study is to explore the professional trajectory of Jumpstart Corps members and examine if Jumpstart crystalizes professional and academic trajectories, ultimately nurturing future careers in education or human services.
Jumpstart is committed to further engagement of faculty members to design and carry out rigorous research and evaluation studies, including longitudinal studies, of the program's impact. By developing and supporting a research consortium that brings together current, previous, and potential external researchers of Jumpstart, we anticipate that our ongoing partnerships and new collaborations will yield an even more significant program of research for Jumpstart in the years to come. We invite researchers to contact us to discuss your ideas for researching and evaluating this exciting early childhood educational program.
To learn more about the Jumpstart Learning Collaborative, please contact LearningCollaborative@jstart.org
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