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Jumpstart in the Southeast


Currently, Jumpstart partners more than 230 Corps members with nearly 725 Atlanta preschool children living in low-income neighborhoods in and around the city. Together, for the entire 2013-2014 school year, they will 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 Atlanta, contact Tanya Valentine at 404.225.4803.

Basic Info

Number of Children Served: 720
Number of Corps members: 230

Local Advisory Board

Susan Bertonaschi
Early Learning Partnership Manager, The Annie E. Casey Foundation
Mindy Binderman
Executive Director, Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students
Michelle Dean
VP, Human Resources HD Supply
Karen Kelly
Director of Exhibits and Programming, The Children's Museum of Atlanta
Weslee Knapp
President, Keller Knapp, Inc.
Yendelela Neely
Attorney, Kilpatrick Stockton LLP
Angela Santone
Vice President, Corporate Human Resources, Turner Broadcasting System

Sponsors and Supporters

The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation
Bank of America
The Florence Hunt Maxwell Foundation
Georgia Power
The John and Mary Franklin Foundation
The Sartain Lanier Family Foundation
Smart Start, United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta
The Starbucks Foundation
Publix Super Market Charities
Wells Fargo


Jumpstart's Read for the Record

Celebrate Jumpstart’s Read for the Record campaign® on October 21, 2014 by participating in or hosting a local literacy event at schools, businesses, and libraries across the Atlanta area. To find out how you can get involved, contact Carolyn Swanhill at

University/College Partners

Atlanta University Center
• Clark Atlanta University
• Morehouse College
• Spelman College
Emory University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia State University


Early Education Partners

Burch Early Learning Center
City of Refuge
Dean Rusk Head Start Academy
Dunbar Early Learning & Literacy Resource Center
Fairytales Learning Center
Mother Hubbard Day Care Center
Northwest Youth Power
Renaissance Learning Center
Samuel L. Jones Early Learning Center
Samuel M. Nabrit Early Learning Center
Sheltering Arms Dorothy Arkwright Center
Sheltering Arms Early Education Center
Sheltering Arms Eastlake Center
Sheltering Arms International Villages

Site Staff

Tanya Valentine
Regional Operations Coordinator