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In light of the COVID-19 epidemic, Jumpstart has developed a collection of resources for at-home learning to support families and caregivers of young children.

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Research shows that high-quality early learning programs can improve kindergarten readiness, particularly for disadvantaged children, and the effects go far beyond just kindergarten: children who receive high-quality early education are more likely to stay in school longer, graduate from high school, and attend a four-year college.*

*Karoly, 2012; Campbell, et al, 2012

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Jumpstart News

Jumpstart Selects Simon & Schuster’s Amy Wu and the Patchwork Dragon for Annual Literacy Campaign, Read for the Record®

Kat Zhang’s picture book named 2021 Read for the Record pick Boston, MA (May 13, 2021) —Jumpstart, a national early education organization, announced its collaboration with Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing for this year’s 16th annual Read for the Record campaign. For the third year, The TJX Companies, Inc. —a longtime Jumpstart contributor—will serve as the campaign’s exclusive presenting sponsor. Jumpstart’s Read for the Record will bring together millions of readers around the globe on October 28, 2021 for the annual

Charting a Path Forward for Preschoolers: Restoring Learning Opportunities Beyond Covid 19

On April 27, 2021, hosted a panel conversation about restoring learning opportunities beyond Covid 19. The discussion featured early childhood education experts, including: Walter Gilliam, PhD, Stephanie Curenton, PhD, Shu-Chen (Jenny) Yen, Ph.D, and Flossy Calderón from Action for Boston Community Development. In this discussion, our expert panelists addressed what is most needed in the coming months for the care and education of preschoolers, including attention to equity, relationships, family engagement, and social-emotional health. Featured Panelists Flossy Calderón, Deputy Director of Children &

Jumpstart Responds to Chauvin Trial Verdict

Like so many around the world, the staff at Jumpstart for Young Children is experiencing a range of emotions following the jury’s guilty verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin.  In recognition of the emotional and mental stress endured during the months leading up to the trial, testimony leading up to the verdict, recent mass shootings, and additional police violence against people of color—including the fatal shooting of 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant—Jumpstart officially closed its offices on Wednesday, April 21, to

Jumpstart for Young Children Welcomes Dr. Thomas A. Parham to its National Board of Directors

Boston, MA (April 15, 2021) — Jumpstart is proud to announce the election of Dr. Thomas A. Parham, president of California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH), to the organization’s national board of directors. Jumpstart and CSUDH have partnered for more than ten years to provide quality experiential learning opportunities for college students, while helping to alleviate the educational disparities for young children in Compton, CA. CSUDH students have cumulatively completed more than 108,000 hours of service, helping transform the lives

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