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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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Jumpstart Featured in Inside Philanthropy

On September 1, 2021, Inside Philanthropy published an article featuring a look at Jumpstart’s current programming, Funders Seek to Jumpstart Early Ed with a Focus on Educators. In the piece, journalist, Connie Matthiessen, spoke with Jumpstart CEO, Naila Bolus, about Jumpstart’s programmatic approach to current obstacles in early education and what makes the organization unique, “We sit at this unique nexus between higher ed and early childhood,” Bolus said. “We’ve developed key partnerships on both sides; a really diverse group

Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom

Not Just Juneteenth, Other Freedom Celebrations: Juneteenth is one of many freedom celebrations marking the end of slavery in the United States. President Lincoln signed the Compensated Emancipation Act on April 16, 1862, ending slavery. President Lincoln would go on to sign two subsequent proclamations to end slavery by executive orders: The Emancipation Proclamation of 1862 and 1863. Issued on January 1, 1863, the Emancipation Proclamation proclaimed the freedom of slaves in the ten Confederate states still in rebellion. It also

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,

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