Bright Minds, Bold Futures

Every child deserves the chance to learn in supportive environments that celebrate their diverse experiences.   Jumpstart partners students at two pivotal educational moments – pre-kindergarten and college – to launch their academic journey and professional career. ​

Give a gift today to ensure that all preschool children receive quality early education to jumpstart their bright futures.

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Jumpstart Is Supporting Bright Minds

Jumpstart children make 1.5x the literacy gains of their non-participating peers.

The Challenge

Most US children attend under-staffed preschools and are not entering kindergarten ready to learn to read.

The Jumpstart Solution

Jumpstart’s research-backed curriculum trains college student Corps Members to go into preschool classrooms in underserved communities. They support with preschoolers’ early literacy skills and social-emotional development by leading shared reading of picture books and play-based activities.

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Jumpstart Is Building Bold Futures

Our college student Corps Members consistently improve their workforce readiness and confidence in their career direction. ​86% ended 2021-22 with interest in entering the early care and education field professionally.

The Challenge

The early care and education sector has a 26-40% turnover rate. This means we have a potential shortage of up to 150,000 preschool teachers this coming school year.

The Jumpstart Solution

Jumpstart is ensuring that more classrooms in underserved areas have more qualified adults to support their early learning. ​

Our College Students receive: ​

  • 40+ hours training on early care and education workforce topics  ​

  • 200-300 hours hands-on service-learning in small groups with partner preschool children ​

  • Early career supports and resources as part of the Jumpstart Alumni community 

Hear The JumpSTORY From Our Corps Member Alum

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“I feel as though my partner children, did just as much for me as I did for them. They re-instilled that sense of joy, that childlike wonder and curiosity for learning. They reminded me what true kindness and generosity looks like.”

– Ari Hernandez, Brooklyn College, 2022-2023

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“As I reflect on that transformative year with Jumpstart, I’m reminded that the most inspiring moments often arrive from unexpected encounters and our response to those encounters define who we are.”

– Teddy Vinicio Morales Carreno, New York University, 2020 – 2022

Your gift today will set up generations to come for academic and career success.

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

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