Actor Joins Jumpstart in an Effort to Help Prepare All Children for Kindergarten
BOSTON, MA – September 8, 2016 – Jumpstart, a national early education organization that prepares children from low-income communities for kindergarten, announced the appointment of actor Josh Duhamel to its national board of directors. Duhamel will join actress Bridget Moynahan and a team of business leaders, academics, and early education advocates.
“I’m joining Jumpstart’s national board because I truly believe that in order for all kids to start life on the right foot, we have to begin with the basics, and get to them earlier,” Duhamel said. “Jumpstart supports kids who need our help the most with language and reading skills that prepare them for kindergarten – because if they succeed in kindergarten, they will succeed in grade school, high school, and beyond. That is what it’s all about. It starts with education and I’m truly honored to work with an organization that advocates early education for all kids.”
Naila Bolus, Jumpstart’s President and CEO, praised Duhamel’s commitment to the organization. “From serving as the 2014 celebrity ambassador for Jumpstart’s Read for the Record, to attending fundraisers and spreading the word about the value of early education, Josh has been an enthusiastic and tireless champion. We are grateful for his active participation and we look forward to seeing his involvement grow as a member of Jumpstart’s national board of directors,” Bolus continued.
Duhamel will participate in this year’s Read for the Record campaign on October 27, 2016. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their son. His latest projects include the Amazon mini-series, 11.22.63, starring James Franco, the biopic Spaceman, and the fifth installment of the Transformer series, currently in production.
With national headquarters in Boston, MA, Jumpstart provides language, literacy, and social-emotional programming for preschool children from under-resourced communities and promotes quality early learning for all. Since 1993, Jumpstart has trained 40,000 college students and community volunteers to transform the lives of 87,000 preschool children nationwide.