Seattle, WA (September 03, 2021) – Today, Kylee-Ann Tawara published an Op-Ed through the University of Washington entitled “Pandemic pivot to jump into literacy.” In the piece, Tawara opens with a story about Yuna, a girl she describes as the “most energetic” preschool kid who at first seemed most disinterred in books but by the end of the year Yuna’s excitement to learn and read new books was apparent. Tawara highlights the importance and impact of Jumpstart service members in the classroom and the challenges the global COVID-19 pandemic and racial disparities provided and continue to provide challenges to meeting and serving children’s educational needs.
“In Jumpstart, we see firsthand how academic opportunity and performance are impacted by racial disparities. This opportunity gap grows exponentially over time and leads to students falling behind in elementary, middle and eventually high school. But study after study has highlighted how quality early childhood education can interrupt that trajectory for the better..”