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Jumpstart in the Tri-State Area

New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut

Jumpstart brings together Corps members and preschool children in low-income neighborhoods to help these children develop the language and literacy skills they need to be successful in school, setting them on a path to close the achievement gap before it is too late. This school year, 816 college students from fifteen university partners will work with over 2,000 preschool children in New York City, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

To learn more about how you can get involved with Jumpstart in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, contact Site Support Manager, Chelsea Alterman, at 212.868.2526 ext. 635 or


Basic Info

Number of Children Served: 2,000
Number of University Partners: 17
Number of Corps members: 816

Local Advisory Board

Lorie Almon Co-Managing Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP  
Dale Atkins Ph.D, Author/Psychologist 
David Carmel Jumpstart Founder; Chief Operating Officer, Carmel Asset Management  
Brad Coleman, Co-Chair Global Head-Alternative Assets Group, Citigroup Global Markets
Allison Devore Philanthrophic Advisor/Social Entrepreneur/Investor
Laura Ensler Early Childhood Consultant, Laura Ensler Consulting LLC
Edward Greene Early Childhood Consultant
Max Justicz Managing Director, Goldman Sachs
Kellie Lerner Partner, Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi LLP
Jennifer K. Marrus Fundraising and Board Development Consultant 
Alan Riffkin Managing Director, Lazard Freres & Co. LLC
Brian Rivel President, Rivel Research Group
David Stadler President, Blue Ocean Worldwide  
Molly Wythes, Co-Chair Marketing Consultant

Sponsors and Supporters

Jumpstart Tri-State is excited to announce their grant awarded from The Pinkerton Foundation. As part of the Neighborhood Literacy Initiative in Jamaica Queens, 250 children and family members will be served through community-based literacy events including session and family events.


Jumpstart Tri-State thanks its sponsors for their generous support. The following is a list from 2009-2014.

Alliance Bernstein
American Express
Ares Operations, LLC
The Lily Auchincloss Foundation
Bank of America
BC Partners
Bloomberg L.P.
Blue Ocean
Florence V. Burden Foundation
Cerberus Capital Management
Credit Suisse
Crestview Partners
CVC Capital Partners
Ernst & Young
FAO Schwarz
Gibson, Dunn, & Crutcher, LLP
Goldman Sachs
The Heckscher Foundation for Children
Katz Media Group
The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation
The Marion E. Kenworthy - Sarah H. Swift Foundation
Kirkland & Ellis
Lazard Ltd.
Leonard Green & Partners LP
The Marks Family Foundation  
Marrus Family Foundation  
Maslow 6  
MAT Charitable Trust
Miller Buckfire and Co.  
Moelis and Company Holdings  
Morgan Stanley  
Katherine John Murphy Foundation
The New York Community Trust  
Peeq Media  
Pershing Square  
Random House  
Royal Bank of Canada  
Saks Fifth Avenue  
Gary Saltz Family Foundation
The Charles and Mildred Schnurmacher Foundation
Select Equity Group, Inc.  
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Solar Capital
Source Media
Starbucks Foundation
Stringer Foundation  
Sullivan and Cromwell
Tiger Foundation  
Trian Fund Management  
UBS Financial  
US Trust  
Weil, Gotshal, and Manges LLC  
Wells Fargo
White and Case  

Special thanks to New York Wedding Photography for its support!

In the News

June 2, 2012

Why Tina Fey Loves Books. Read more

Huffington Post
October 10, 2011

Jumpstart Reads for a Record...and a Purpose. Read more

Huffington Post
September 30, 2011

America's Early Childhood Education Crisis and Jumpstart's work to combat the crisis. Read more

Jumpstart is featured on AOL Impact
September 27, 2011

Jumpstart is now a part of the AOL Impact program, AOL's corporate commitment to shine a spotlight on nonprofits making an impact and allow their users to learn more and take action. Read more

Jumpstart Corps member shares her story with NBC's Education Nation
July 14, 2011

Jumpstart Corps member and Columbia University student Ashley Williams blogs about her experience serving in the classroom. Read more

University/College Partners

Barnard College
Brooklyn College
Central Connecticut State University
Eastern Connecticut State University 
Fordham University
Kean University
Lehman College
Long Island University
Monroe College
Montclair State University
New York University
Pace University
Rutgers - Newark
Rutgers University - Camden
Southern Connecticut State University
St. Johns University
University of Connecticut
York College

Contact Info

General inquiries or volunteer opportunities

Chelsea Alterman 
Site Support Manager
212.868.2526 ext. 635

Program development and expansion opportunities

Kerri Osborne
Executive Director
212.868.2526 ext. 619

Media and fundraising opportunities

Deana Murtha
Development Director
212.868.2526 ext. 613


Jumpstart in Hunts Point, Bronx

Jumpstart is excited to provide our programming at five classrooms in La Peninsula Head Start and P.S. 48 in Hunts Point. In addition to our work at these centers, we have also collaborated with the Hunts Point Alliance for Children (HPAC) to open The Children’s Community Classroom (CCC), an early education space. This community classroom was made available by support from Goldman Sachs Gives and Bright Horizon’s Inc. Unlike our typical session model in which we partner with pre-existing early childhood education centers to provide our services, the CCC is operated by Jumpstart and HPAC. The CCC recruits child participants from caregivers in the community, allowing us to reach even more children with our programming. Jumpstart also hosts monthly early learning events in Hunt’s Point to support family’s engagement with their children’s learning. Contact Greg Fields at or 212-868-2526 ext. 611 for more info.