Jumpstart’s August Newsflash

Dear Jumpstart,

As we return to the classroom for the start of the new school year, we are excited to welcome our Jumpstart Corps Members back to our sites and provide them with the training, resources, and support they need to reach our youngest learners.

Each Jumpstart site serves as a critical hub for our work, where early and higher education partnerships come together to achieve powerful results. This upcoming school year, we will have a network of 65 sites, operating at higher education institutions in 14 states and the District of Columbia, that will equip 5,500 Corps Members and volunteers with the skills they need to reach over 14,500 preschool-aged children this year. If we work together, we can ensure that all of our sites have the tools they need to start the year strong. 

In this month’s newsletter, we are excited to share a profile of one of our dedicated supporters that help enable this work and an update about the Biden-Harris Administration’s  commitment to the nation’s children and families.

I hope you enjoy learning about the work going on at Jumpstart. We are grateful to have you as part of our Jumpstart community.

-Naila Bolus, CEO

Program and Policy Updates

PROGRAM UPDATE

As we start our new fiscal year this September, we are excited to share that Jumpstart will have 65 sites and programs across our entire network of higher education, early education, and community partners for 2023-2024. We plan to enroll 2,700+ Corps Members to serve 8,800+ children from 500+ classrooms through our direct service program implementation. We also plan to engage 2,800+ volunteers to support community impact activities to reach another 5,700+ children beyond those served directly above.

POLICY AND GOVERNMENT RELATIONS – ADVOCACY UPDATE

On July 11, the White House announced a proposal to amend the Child Care and Development Fund regulations. This Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposes policies designed to:

  • Lower families’ child care costs;
  • Increase families’ child care options;
  • Improve child care provider payment rates and practices; and
  • Make enrollment easier and faster.

Jumpstart applauds the Biden-Harris Administration for their ongoing commitment to the nation’s children and families and for ensuring equitable access to high-quality child care. Learn more about how Jumpstart is advocating for equitable access and support for early care education and educators here.

Read for the Record

We are excited to share that the 2023 Jumpstart Read for the Record selection, With Lots of Love by Jenny Torres Sanchez has now arrived at our distribution center and begun shipping out! Remember, Read for the Record Day is October 26, 2023. You can get ready to celebrate by ordering your copies of With Lots of Love today!

Supporter Spotlight

This month, we are thrilled to spotlight one of our longtime supporters, Eric M. Greenberg, who is a Partner at Seyfarth Shaw LLP.

Tell us about your philanthropic involvement and how it led you to make your first gift to Jumpstart. What impact are you trying to make through your involvement?

I’m proud to have been involved with Jumpstart since 2005. My philanthropic involvement has included everything from a personal multi-year pledge to running the Boston Marathon twice to raise money for the Jumpstart marathon team.  While the fundraising work is certainly critically important for Jumpstart to execute on its mission, my Jumpstart volunteer engagements and community partnerships over the years have been by far the most rewarding of experiences. I had the pleasure of periodically visiting the same Jumpstart classroom in the Boston area over a period of several years.  It provided a front row seat to watch the bonds and community-building that the Jumpstart program sparks.  Witnessing the progress and development of the children in the Jumpstart program over several years is something I will never forget – such incredible development of literacy and social skills in a relatively short period. I want my impact to spread the incredible work that I was able to witness first-hand.

What do you believe is the most important part of Jumpstart’s mission and what role do you play in this mission?

Jumpstart is a community. Jumpstart builds bonds of trust, friendship and hope in the communities that it serves. That community extends to the philanthropic networks that play a key role in funding Jumpstart. One of my roles is to make sure the message of Jumpstart’s mission is heard within the greater philanthropic community and to introduce more like-minded people to the great story of Jumpstart. As the needs of the community for Jumpstart programs grows, we need to equally grow the Jumpstart giving network.

How has your work with Jumpstart inspired/impacted other parts of your life?

Jumpstart has opened my eyes to the value of learning and skills-focused relationships, particularly mentorship. We all need a helping hand. Not only have I committed myself to serve as a formal or informal mentor for younger attorneys, but I have myself sought out the advice and wisdom of mentors for my own professional development.

Learn how you can join Jumpstart’s community of dedicated supporters by visiting our Supporters page today. 

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 (DEI), and we encourage candidates to demonstrate an ongoing commitment and interest in social justice or DEI 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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