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 of higher ed partners and a really diverse group of early childhood partners.”

Matthiessen also speaks with Bolus about some of the most pressing issues in early education that are drawing national attention, including obstacles for young children’s academic and social-emotional learning due to COVID setbacks. Leaning on current data measuring the impacts of COVID on early learning, “two large-scale surveys ‘show that about 30% of teachers working in-person and 80% of teachers working in hybrid/remote programs reported that children were learning less than in previous years. About 40% of in-person teachers and 60-70% of hybrid/remote teachers reported concerns that children’s social and emotional skills were developing more slowly than usual.'”

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