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Jumpstart in the Northeast

Massachusetts and Rhode Island

Currently, Jumpstart partners more than 990 college student and community volunteers to work with 2,200 Massachusetts and Rhode Island preschool children living in low-income neighborhoods in Greater Boston, Southeast Massachusetts, and the Merrimack Valley. Together, for the entire school year, they work on the language and literacy skills these children need to succeed not only in school, but also in life. To learn more about how you can get involved with Jumpstart in the Northeast, contact Mark Reilly, Executive Director.

Basic Info

Number of Children Served: 2,200
Number of University Partners: 17
Number of Corps members: 990

Serving more than 70 preschools in Greater Boston, the Merrimack Valley, southeastern Massachusetts, and Rhode Island

Local Advisory Board

Bill Barke: Chairman, Pearson U.S. Higher Education; Lincoln, RI
Ian Blasco: Principal, Riverside Partners LLC; Wellesley, MA  
Ann Daley: Vice President, Mail Services/Government Affairs, Pitney Bowes, Inc.; Newton, MA
Eric Greenberg: Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Samuel Karshis: Business Development Manager, Bright Horizons; Revere, MA
Mark Polebaum: General Counsel, MFS Investment Management; Lexington, MA
Joseph Robbins: Principal, Bain Capital; Newton, MA
Rebecca Schechter: Senior Vice President, Institutional Investor Services, Division Manager, State Street; Boston, MA
Jennifer Waldron: Consultant; Wayland, MA


Sponsors and Supporters


Abbot and Dorothy H. Stevens Foundation
The Baupost Group, LLC
BJs Charitable Foundation 
BNY Mellon
The Charlotte Foundation
Cresa Partners
Dorot Foundation
Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation
FAO Schwarz Family Foundation
Highland Street Foundation
James W. Rollins Charitable Trust
The John H. and H. Naomi Tomfohrde Foundation
JP Morgan Chase
Lawrence J. and Anne Rubenstein Charitable Foundation
Linde Family Foundation
Ludcke Foundation
Mabel Louise Riley Foundation
People’s United Community Foundation
The Philanthropic Initiative   
Roy A. Hunt Foundation 
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Solebury Capital Group LLC
State Street Foundation, Inc.
Tufts Health Plan Foundation
Union Square Fund  
Wellington Management Foundation
Winston Flowers

University/College Partners

Boston College
Boston University
Bridgewater State University
Emerson College
Merrimack College
Middlesex/Northern Essex Community Colleges
Northeastern University
Roxbury and Bunker Hill Community Colleges
Simmons College with Colleges of the Fenway
Suffolk University
Tufts University
University of Massachusetts - Boston
University of Massachusetts - Lowell
University of Rhode Island
Wheelock College

Early Education Partners

12th Baptist Church, Roxbury
A Place To Grow, Wakefield, RI
Acre Family Child Care, Lowell
Allston Brighton Head Start, Allston
Baldwin ELC, Brighton
Beautiful Beginnings, Providence, RI
Brockton Day Nursery, Brockton
CAAS Head Start, Somerville
Children's Corner, Lowell
Children's Services of Roxbury, Roxbury
Children's Village, Lowell
Chinese Church Head Start, Chinatown
Community Day Care, Lawrence
Community Group Family Child Care, Lawrence
Crispus Attucks Children's Center, Dorchester
Dever McCormack Elementary, Dorchester
Dimock Head Start, Roxbury
Dorchester Head Start, Dorchester
Dorchester Place, Dorchester
Early Learning Center- West, Jamaica Plain
East Boston Head Start, East Boston
East Boston YMCA, East Boston
East Side/Mount Hope YMCA, Providence, RI
Elizabeth Peabody Preschool, Somerville
Ellis Memorial, Boston
Ellison Parks EEC, Mattapan
Escuelita Boriken, Boston
Franklin Square House Children's Center, Boston
Friends of the Hernandez School, Roxbury
Gertrude Townsend Head Start, Dorchester
Greater Lawrence Community Action Council Head Start, Lawrence
Hattie B. Cooper Community Center, Roxbury
Haynes Early Learning Center, Dorchester
Imagine Preschool at CCRI, Warwick, RI
Imajine That at Condon, South Boston
Imajine That at UP Academy, Dorchester 
Jamaica Plain Head Start, Jamaica Plain
John P. Holland Elementary, Dorchester
Joyful Learning Child Academy, Wakefield, RI
Kid Start, Inc., Lawrence 
Kiddie Haven, Brockton
Laboure Center, South Boston
Lawrence YMCA, Lawrence
Lee Academy, Dorchester
Little Sprouts, Albany Street, Boston
Little Sprouts, Lawrence
Little Sprouts, Lowell
Little Sprouts, Roxbury
Lowell Day Nursery, Lowell
Mattapan Head Start, Mattapan
Nazareth Child Care Center, Jamaica Plain
NICE Preschool, Roxbury
Nurtury, Dorchester
Nurtury, Jamaica Plain
Nurtury, Boston
Nurtury, Roxbury
Parker Hill Fenway Head Start, Roxbury
Project Hope, Roxbury
Roger Clap Innovation School, Dorchester
Roxbury Head Start, Roxbury
Salvation Army, Dorchester
SCCA Head Start, Wakefield, RI
SCCA Head Start, Westerly, RI
Self Help Inc., Head Start Preschool Program, Brockton
South Boston Head Start, South Boston
South Boston Neighborhood House, South Boston
Start Right, Start Bright, Brockton
Sunnyside Nurtury Education and Early Care, Roxbury
Sunshine Child Development Center, North Kingstown, RI
The Children's Village, Exeter RI
Triumph Head Start Inc., Riverway Center, Taunton
Triumph Head Start Inc. Joseph I. Quinn Center, Taunton
UMASS-Boston Early Learning Center, Dorchester
United South End Settlements, Boston
Wang YMCA, Chinatown
Wesley Child Care Center, Dorchester
Westbay Community Action Children's Center, Warwick, RI
Yawkey, Dorchester

Contact Info

Dennis McCarthy
Development Director

Rachel Madariaga
Associate Director, Development
Joe Wahosky
Development Associate


Jumpstart Boston Young Professional Board (YPB)

The Jumpstart’s Boston Young Professionals Board (YPB) is a diverse group of individuals committed to raising awareness about the importance of early education and generating funds to support Jumpstart's programming. Through individual efforts and large-scale events, the YPB raises funds for Jumpstart while also providing professional development and networking opportunities for its members.

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