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What We Do

We believe that every child should have the opportunity to reach his or her potential, but 63% of Southern California children do not read at grade level by third grade; by eleventh grade, 62% remain behind. Jumpstart intervenes early to help close the achievement gap by preparing children to begin kindergarten ready to learn, succeed in school, and graduate.

We recruit and train community members and college students from Southern California's top universities to support children and teachers in under-resourced preschool classrooms. Our results are extraordinary; Jumpstart children make tremendous language, literacy, and social-emotional gains, outperforming comparison groups for eleven consecutive years.

Hear from one of our Corps members. Meet Miriam Kae. 

Basic Info

Number of Children Served: 2,074
Number of Corps members: 708
Number of Classrooms: 111
Number of University Partners: 11 + Los Angeles Community Corps, Foster Grandparent Program 

Local Advisory Board

Elizabeth Marcellino, Chair Writer & Journalist
Brad Barrett, Partner, Capital Group Companies
Manuel C. Camargo, Jr., Principal Advisor, Strategic Planning, Southern California Edison
Sue Gaon, Vice President of Customized Learning Solutions, Lakeshore Learning Systems
Whit Hayslip, Consultant, The David & Lucile Packard Foundation
James Huang, Managing Director, Partner, & Founder, BRC Advisors, Inc.

Young Professionals Board

Linna Loangkote, Chair Attorney, Andrade Gonzalez LLP
Amanda Groves, Co-Chair Investment Analyst, Asset Management, J.P. Morgan
Casey McDonald Associate Attorney, Proskauer Rose LLP
Alex Tao CEO, Leadgendary Corp. 

Sponsors and Supporters

Strong partnerships with many industry-leading corporate, foundation, government and individual investors make our impact possible. Jumpstart in Southern California is pleased to have partnered with the following organizations:
The Allergan Foundation
American Honda Foundation
Bank of the West
Boeing Employees Community Fund
California Community Foundation
California Volunteers
Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation
City National Bank
The Draper Family Foundation
Edison International
The Eisner Foundation
The Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation
Ernst & Young
First 5 LA
The Frederick R. Weisman Philanthropic Foundation
Giant Media Corporation
Goldman Sachs
The Green Foundation
Hyatt Regency Center
The John & Nelly Llanos Kilroy Foundation
The JPMorgan Chase Foundation
Kaiser Foundation Hospitals
Kenneth T. & Eileen L. Norris Foundation
The Lawrence Welk Family Foundation
MetLife Foundation
The Molina Foundation
Orange County Community Foundation
Ralph M. Parsons Foundation
Ronald McDonald House Charities
Ruth/Allen Ziegler Foundation
S. Mark Taper Foundation
Southern California Edison
The Tarsadia Foundation
USC Good Neighbors Campaign
Verizon Foundation
Vote. Give. Grow. 
The Weingart Foundation
Wells Fargo Foundation

University/College Partners

California State University Dominguez Hills
California State University Fresno
California State University Fullerton
California State University Los Angeles
California State University Northridge
Pepperdine University
Pitzer College
University of California Irvine
University of California Los Angeles
University of Southern California
Whittier College

*LA Foster Grandparent Program 

Early Education Partners

Anaheim City School District
Child Care Resource Center
Children's Bureau
Children's Institute
Conejo Valley Unified School District Neighborhood for Learning
Drew Child Development
Easter Seals
Hoover Intergenerational Care
International Institute of Los Angeles
Los Angeles Unified School District
Mar Vista Family Center
Pacific Asian Consortium in Employment
Plaza de la Raza
Salvation Army
Santa Ana Unified School District
Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District
St. Joseph Early Learning Center
University of Southern California Head Start
Volunteers of America Los Angeles

Contact Info

Atalaya Sergi
Regional Vice President 
Truyen Tran
Senior Program Director
Cindy Tovar 
Community Engagement & Operations Manager
Abe Ahn
Development Associate
213.387.5506 Ext. 204
Christine Manley
Program Director
213.387.5505 Ext. 205
Jasmin Salas 
Community Engagement Coordinator

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