Mission & Vision

Leveling the Playing Field

More than twenty years ago, four college students asked each other: What if we could offer children from under-resourced communities individualized attention before they enter kindergarten, giving them the critical academic and social skills—the ‘jumpstart’—they need to succeed?

The idea took hold and today Jumpstart has trained more than 45,000 college students and community volunteers, preparing nearly 100,000 children for kindergarten success. Jumpstart’s program is replicated across the country in 14 states and the District of Columbia. We leverage partnerships with higher education institutions, community organizations, Head Start programs, community-based preschools, and school districts to create sustainable solutions in order to close the kindergarten readiness gap.

Vision

Every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed.

Mission

Jumpstart advances equitable learning outcomes for young children in underserved communities by recruiting and supporting caring adults to  deliver high-quality programming to children and drive systems change through teaching, advocacy, and leadership.

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

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