Washington, D.C. celebrates Jumpstart's Read for the Record

Jumpstart’s Read for the Record Campaign Kick-Off in Washington, DC
Celebration of Jumpstart’s Read for the Record 2011 presented by Jumpstart and the DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative

WASHINGTON, DC, March 29, 2011: Celebration of Jumpstart’s Read for the Record 2011 presented by Jumpstart and the DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative

Jumpstart, a national early education non-profit, will hold a Read for the Record Campaign Kick-Off at Neval Thomas Elementary at 650 Anacostia Ave, NE in Washington, DC on Wednesday, March 30th, 9-11 AM.

The Kick-Off will include a morning of reading, activities and fun with preschool children from Neval Thomas Elementary and Kenilworth Elementary in the Parkside-Kenilworth communities of Ward 7. Corps members from Jumpstart’s Washington DC Higher Education Partners will be volunteering at the event. Supporting the event is the Advisory Board of the DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative and Alma J. Powell, Honorary Chair.

We will celebrate the past and future of Jumpstart’s annual Read for the Record event, a world record breaking campaign, presented in partnership with Pearson. Read for the Record brings children and adults together to read the same book, on the same day, in homes and communities all over the world. The campaign also marks the beginning of Jumpstart’s yearlong program, preparing preschool children in low-income neighborhoods for success in school and life.

In the 2010-2011 program year, 380 Corps members are working with 1,400 preschool children in the district. In Washington, DC, Jumpstart partners with American University, Catholic University of America, Georgetown University, George Washington University, Howard University, and the University of the District of Columbia. Jumpstart and the D.C. Promise Neighborhood Initiative both seek to prepare children to enter kindergarten ready to succeed.

“Jumpstart shares a common goal with the The DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative to prepare children for future school success,” said Interim Executive Director of Jumpstart Washington, DC, Katey Comerford. “Jumpstart ensures that our program is targeting the young children most in need of our services and that our efforts have the support of key stakeholders in the community. We are pleased to share a commitment to the children of Washington, DC including the youngest residents of the DC Promise Neighborhood. ”

For more information about Jumpstart’s Read for the Record Kick-Off, please contact Lindsay Grimes at Lindsay.Grimes@jstart.org or (202) 393-2272.


Every child deserves the chance to succeed, yet studies show that children from low-income neighborhoods are at a greater risk of school failure. Jumpstart is a national early education organization that helps these children develop the language, literacy and social skills they need for school, setting them on a path to close the achievement gap before it begins. Since 1993, Jumpstart has trained more than 20,000 college students and community volunteers to deliver its program to more than 90,000 preschool children nationwide. Here in Washington, DC, Jumpstart will reach 1,400 children during the 2010-2011 school year. Jumpstart’s award-winning program holds a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and a “Best in America” seal from Independent Charities of America. Join us to work toward the day every child in America enters school prepared to succeed. Learn more at jstart.org.

The DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative is a partnership among the residents, schools, businesses, nonprofits, elected officials and expert partners of the Parkisde-Kenilworth community. Its mission is to increase the number of children in the neighborhood who complete their education – from cradle to college– and enter adulthood as productive participants in the 21st century economy and in the civic life of their communities. Learn more at www.dcpni.org.

Together, we can help all children build the key language and literacy skills they need to take on the world.

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