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In light of the COVID-19 epidemic, Jumpstart has developed a collection of resources for at-home learning to support families and caregivers of young children.

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Research shows that high-quality early learning programs can improve kindergarten readiness, particularly for disadvantaged children, and the effects go far beyond just kindergarten: children who receive high-quality early education are more likely to stay in school longer, graduate from high school, and attend a four-year college.*

*Karoly, 2012; Campbell, et al, 2012

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Remembering Eric Carle

Today we remember Eric Carle, one of the most beloved children’s book authors of our time. Eric Carle gave us the gift of dozens of children’s books, including the timeless classic, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” enjoyed by generations of young readers. We spoke with Eric a couple of years ago to honor his contributions to Jumpstart as a Read for the Record author, and will leave you with this quote from him about the importance of reading with a child: “Through the

Alumni Spotlight – An Interview with Imari Paris Jeffries

Imari Paris Jeffries, Executive Director of King Boston You may have seen this incredible feature on Imari Paris Jeffries in The Boston Globe. Imari served as a Jumpstart Corps Member in Boston in the 1990’s, and later rejoined the organization as the Senior Vice President of Field Management and Policy. Today, Imari works as the Executive Director of King Boston, an organization dedicated to building a memorial, The Embrace, honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King,

Jumpstart Selects Simon & Schuster’s Amy Wu and the Patchwork Dragon for Annual Literacy Campaign, Read for the Record®

Kat Zhang’s picture book named 2021 Read for the Record pick Boston, MA (May 13, 2021) —Jumpstart, a national early education organization, announced its collaboration with Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing for this year’s 16th annual Read for the Record campaign. For the third year, The TJX Companies, Inc. —a longtime Jumpstart contributor—will serve as the campaign’s exclusive presenting sponsor. Jumpstart’s Read for the Record will bring together millions of readers around the globe on October 28, 2021 for the annual

Charting a Path Forward for Preschoolers: Restoring Learning Opportunities Beyond Covid 19

On April 27, 2021, hosted a panel conversation about restoring learning opportunities beyond Covid 19. The discussion featured early childhood education experts, including: Walter Gilliam, PhD, Stephanie Curenton, PhD, Shu-Chen (Jenny) Yen, Ph.D, and Flossy Calderón from Action for Boston Community Development. In this discussion, our expert panelists addressed what is most needed in the coming months for the care and education of preschoolers, including attention to equity, relationships, family engagement, and social-emotional health. Featured Panelists Flossy Calderón, Deputy Director of Children &

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