Jumpstart’s March Newsflash

Happy Women’s History Month! The month of March is an opportunity to honor and celebrate women who have paved the way for future generations through their leadership, dedication, unwavering love, and power. Women comprise the majority of the early care and education workforce, and we at Jumpstart are so grateful for all the women who serve our mission. In recognition of the vital role they play, early childhood educators should be paid a living wage and have opportunities to advance their careers—for more about the policies we support, check out the announcement below of Jumpstart’s 2023 Policy Priorities!

This month’s newsletter also features a look at our all-female leadership team, a Jumpstart Site Spotlight, a limited time offer on Read for the Record books, and more. We also encourage you to explore our book recommendations that honor women’s strength, impacts, and contributions to our communities and throughout history!

We hope you enjoy learning about the work going on at Jumpstart. We are so grateful for our Jumpstart community.

-Naila Bolus, CEO

Program and Policy Updates

PROGRAM UPDATE

Jumpstart has engaged 2,074 Corps Members to serve 6,324 children across our network of higher education and preschool program partners since September! Thank you to our dedicated Corps Members for their commitment and to our collaborative partners for helping children to learn, grow, and reach their full potential.

PROGRAM UPDATE

Many Jumpstart sites are in the midst of planning and carrying out exciting family and community engagement events that will extend our reach to even more children and families throughout our communities.

POLICY UPDATE

Jumpstart announces its 2023 Policy Priorities to support children as well as early care and education workforce! Learn more.

POLICY UPDATE

This month, Jumpstart’s Policy and Government Relations team joined nearly 400 providers, educators and advocates at the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s Policy forum and advocacy day urging federal legislators to #solvechildcare! There is still time for you to join our voices and act by sending your own letter reminding your representatives to support increased federal investment needed to protect the early education system!

Read for the Record

National Reading Month Book Sale!

To celebrate National Reading Month, Jumpstart is holding a Read for the Record book sale. This month only, you can get select Read for the Record campaign books at a discounted rate!

Orders for individual books can be placed via credit card, and for cases of books a credit card or Purchase Order can be used. Please reach out to rftr@jstart.org with any questions.

Site Spotlight

Jumpstart at San Francisco State University (SFSU)

For this month’s Jumpstart Site Spotlight, we are excited to feature Jumpstart at San Francisco State University (SFSU), led by site managers Roynea Epps and Tara Fenamore! SFSU was the first of Jumpstart’s workforce integrated sites – where Jumpstart’s training and hands-on classroom experience combine seamlessly with SFSU courses in child development and education to pave the way for college students to become educators. Jumpstart Corps Members work with mentor teachers at their program partners to co-develop curriculum and serve local preschool children a full eight-hour day per week. Three times a year, Jumpstart SFSU holds mentor roundtables– opportunities for site staff and the program’s extended community to come together and reflect on the purpose and impact of their collaboration, as well as to share appreciation for the mentor teachers and seek their feedback on the efficiency of existing systems and procedures. Jumpstart SFSU recently held their second Mentor Teacher Roundtable, and Roynea and Tara have made many programmatic improvements this year based on the feedback shared. The Roundtables have provided the mentor teachers an opportunity to be active partners in Jumpstart’s workforce development and community impact in San Francisco. Thank you to Roynea and Tara for leading this work!

Work With Us

We invite you to share the below opportunities with your networks and we welcome your referrals!

Jumpstart is committed to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and we encourage candidates to demonstrate an ongoing commitment and interest in social justice or diversity, equity and inclusion work.  To learn more about Jumpstart’s current employment opportunities, visit us at Careers – Jumpstart.

Together, we can help all children build the key language and literacy skills they need to take on the world.

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