Boston Globe: Program Pitched as Antidote to State’s Early Literacy Woes

March 2, 2018 (BOSTON) — Jumpstart’s recent briefing at the Massachusetts State House was featured in the Boston Globe today, highlighting the important work Jumpstart is doing for young children in Massachusetts.

The briefing was held to raise awareness about Jumpstart’s impact on children and families in the state and seek support for a budget amendment to support our programming in Massachusetts, and included a panel moderated by Naila Bolus, Jumpstart President and CEO, and included: Jamie Buskey, Program Director for ABCD Head Start; Elizabeth Meca, mother of a child in Jumpstart programming; Gil Alzate, alumnus of Jumpstart’s program at the University of Massachusetts Boston; and Dr. Mark Wagner, Director of the Binienda Center for Civic Engagement at Worcester State University.

From the article:

Elizabeth Meca of Dorchester remembers one of the points when she realized a unique educational opportunity was helping her four-year-old daughter, Olivia.

“She goes, ‘You have an A in your name just like I do,” Meca said.

Olivia grew her literacy skills last year with the help of a volunteer from Jumpstart, a program that recruits more than 800 Massachusetts college students and adults to enhance early education opportunities for low-income students in Boston, Brockton, Lawrence, Lowell, Somerville and Worcester.

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