Nigel Barker, Jumpstart Leadership, and Friends Gather to Honor the Stadler and Waldron Families announcing the Stadler-Waldron Accelerator of Transformative Leadership in Early Care and Education

The Accelerator will bolster Jumpstart’s efforts to cultivate the next generation of

early childhood educators

Financial District, NY – Last night, Jumpstart for Young Children National Board of Directors member and celebrity photographer, Nigel Barker and Jumpstart CEONaila Bolus hosted an evening celebrating the 15 years of dedication, leadership and generosity of Jumpstart’s outgoing Board Chair, Chris Stadler, Managing Partner at CVC Capital Partners and former Jumpstart CEO Rob Waldron, current CEO of Curriculum Associates, announcing the Stadler-Waldron Accelerator of Transformative Leadership in Early Care and Education (the Accelerator).

The Accelerator is named for both the Stadlers and Waldrons, two families who have deeply influenced Jumpstart’s growth and evolution through their generosity, leadership, board service, and partnership, honoring their unprecedented contributions to model transformative philanthropy, to publicly celebrate and inspire our Corps Members and alumni, and to fuel Jumpstart’s mission. Chris Stadler shared that “the Accelerator will cultivate the next generation of early childhood educators, serving as the epicenter for the recruitment, training, assessment, and support of the college students who serve with Jumpstart while activating and supporting early educator alumni.”

Jumpstart Vice President of Programs, Dr. Ashley C. Williams was announced as the inaugural Chair of the Accelerator and shared, “With ongoing teacher shortages across the nation, exacerbated by the pandemic, the Accelerator will impact in countless positive ways the future of early childhood education – all leading to exponential growth in the number of future educators to ensure all of our youngest learners thrive.”

Rob Waldron added, “We know that the most important factor in supporting a child’s success is their teacher. We desperately need more trained teachers and we (as a society) need to ensure the adults in the classroom are making a sustainable living wage that provides economic security. The initiative Jumpstart announced tonight is a welcome solution at exactly the right time.”

Present were the Stadler and Waldron Families, Jumpstart college student volunteers, site managers, staff, and longstanding supporters. A highlight of the evening was a Community Poem composed by college volunteers and alumni, read by Dr. Williams.

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For 29 years, Jumpstart has been fueled by the core belief that providing high-quality educational opportunities to all young children prepares them for academic and economic success later in life. Jumpstart advances equitable learning outcomes for young children by recruiting and supporting caring adults to deliver high-quality programming and drive systems change through teaching, advocacy, and leadership. Jumpstart has trained more than 60,000 college students and community volunteers, preparing over 140,000 children for kindergarten success. Jumpstart’s program is replicated across the country in 14 states and the District of Columbia. Learn more at

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