2022-2023 Annual Report

As we begin the next chapter in Jumpstart’s story, 30 years of action and impact have prepared us for a tremendous opportunity to enact generational change.  

As a former 1st grade teacher and a lifelong advocate for educational equity, I share Jumpstart’s vision of what our country needs in the early care and education space: more oral-language and social-emotional support for preschool children, increased resources for schools and educators, and better early education career-preparation opportunities for college students and recent graduates. Jumpstart is uniquely positioned to address these systemic issues through our unique, symbiotic programs that have evolved over the past 30 years, compounding in impact to profoundly change the early care and education sector.  

I am proud of how much this community has accomplished in the past year. A committed team of more than 2,000 Corps Members continued to implement Jumpstart’s research-backed curriculum in preschool classrooms across the country. Their dedicated efforts continue to strengthen literacy and social-emotional skills and set more than 12,000 children up for future success in elementary school and beyond. In a major milestone, Jumpstart’s pilot program to increase workforce readiness for Corps Members has now been launched in Massachusetts. At an inspiring JumpSTORY event, the importance of ECE and Jumpstart’s work was celebrated and elevated through heart-warming Jumpstart alumna storytelling. In the fall, the global Read for the Record campaign grew engagement to over 2 million people and continued to raise awareness of the importance of early literacy.  

All of these impactful programs were only possible because of our dedicated volunteers, partners, generous service and backing, and caring supporters like you.  

These notable achievements matter now, but they mark just the beginning of this journey. Together, we are creating a sustained impact that will support children and early educators for years to come. Your continued support fuels our vision for a future where every child in the United States embarks on their kindergarten journey fully equipped to thrive, with caring educators by their side. With your continued dedication, we are shaping a legacy that will resonate for generations to come.  

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In service and gratitude,

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Crystal Rountree

CEO, Jumpstart

Continued Impact Through In-Classroom Service

In the 2022-2023 school year, Jumpstart continued to provide increasingly vital support to preschool children, college students, and educators through its flagship, in-classroom service program using a combination of shared reading of diverse picture books and playbased activities. This year’s highlights include: 

Operating

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on college campuses nationwide

Reaching

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with 7,858 in classrooms and 4,430 through community events*
(88% BIPOC and 64% Dual-Language Learners)

Elevating Impact

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achieve remarkable strides in oral-language skills, surpassing what’s typically anticipated in their developmental journey

Serving

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across 241 preschool partners nationwide

Training & Supporting

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to serve children (74% BIPOC and 52% First-Generation College Students)

*Does not include Read for the Record events

Read for the Record 2023

Jumpstart’s efforts to provide students and educators with diverse, inclusive books are year-round. Those efforts are amplified annually through Jumpstart’s Read for the Record community celebration of early literacy.

Now in its 18th year, Jumpstart’s Read for the Record distributed 132,000 books in 11 countries and 50 U.S. states and territories engaging over 2.2 million people in the world’s largest shared reading experience. The 2023 Read for the Record selection, With Lots of Love, by author Jenny Torres Sanchez and illustrated by André Ceolin, is a beautiful story about family, finding ways to stay connected, and sharing love across distances.

Read for the Record celebrations included virtual and in-person panels on the importance of access to diverse and inclusive books, readings by author Jenny Torres Sanchez and Literacy Champions including Chrissy Metz, Jumpstart National Board of Directors member, Nigel Barker, and Netflix actress Yaya Dacosta, as well as thousands of community celebrations across the world!  

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“Thank you for giving our stories dignity.”

– Dr Ciriaco Pinedo, President of the Mexican American Opportunity Fund

With participation from title sponsor The TJX Companies Inc., the LEGO Group, Franklin Templeton, Wolters Kluwer, UKG, Broward Reads, Memphis Shelby County Schools, Diverse Books for All Coalition, and Ferst Readers, Jumpstart’s 18th Annual Read for the Record celebration was a huge success sharing “lots of love” for early literacy and diverse and inclusive books across the world! 

Spotlight: JumpSTORY

In September in New York City, Jumpstart hosted the first-ever JumpSTORY event, an evening of storytelling with Jumpstart Corps Member Alumna to honor the impact of Jumpstart supporters and their commitment to Jumpstart’s mission and programming. The event also featured storytelling from special guests, Pro Football Hall of Famer Curtis Martin (Jets, Patriots) and Oscar and Grammy Award-winning producer and songwriter Mark Ronson (“Barbie” Score and Soundtrack).  

Alums shared heart-warming stories of their time as Jumpstart Corps Members, highlighting lessons learned, lifelong skills gained, and the impactful mentorship experiences in classrooms. Many emphasized the value of serving communities similar to the ones they grew up in, alongside the invaluable skill development and workforce readiness fostered through Jumpstart’s direct-service program.

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My time with Jumpstart showed me how I could make a difference in my community. I was exposed to the educational inequities that exist right in my own backyard. I learned how I could become an advocate for those who cannot advocate for themselves.”

– Christa Hunter, Alum

This incredible evening of storytelling and connection in support of early care and education culminated with Mark Ronson and Curtis Martin sharing their own stories about the importance of mentors in their lives. Both guest speakers highlighted the importance of Jumpstart’s work for our earliest learners in underserved communities.

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Jumpstart Alumni, speakers, attendees, staff, and board members came together to share stories and celebrate the NYC JumpSTORY event.

Changing the System with Advocacy and Workforce Development

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Kate Warren Barnes
Head of Strategic Partnerships

Jumpstart continued to drive equity in the early care and education (ECE) system by advocating for children and educators on national and local levels this year. A significant focus was on advocating for more accessible and affordable childcare. Additionally, advocacy efforts centered on increasing compensation and resources for pre-school providers and increasing paid service-learning, and teacher-preparation opportunities for college students to combat the high attrition rate and uneven preparation and support in ECE.  

Actions alongside partners, community members, and elected officials included: 

  • Meeting with US Deputy Secretary of Education Cindy Marten in Washington, DC to discuss improving conditions for our youngest learners, including addressing teacher shortages. 

  • Advocating with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and 400 childcare providers to urge federal lawmakers to solve our national childcare crisis with further investment in the system. 

  •  Joining 700 providers on “National Day Without Childcare” to raise awareness about the importance of an equitable childcare system. 

  • Authoring an inaugural Federal Work-Study bill in coalition with partners and under the leadership of US Representative Jahana Hayes. 

  • Appointing Kate Warren Barnes as the new Head of Strategic Partnerships, leading the team laser-focused on ensuring that high-quality early education, taught by effective and well-compensated educators, is available to all.

Going forward, Jumpstart will pause formal PGR functions due to internal capacity shifts, but Jumpstart will continue to collaborate with partners to secure public investments, develop strategic partnerships, and support coalitions that uplift Jumpstart’s theory of change. We will continue to uplift communities, empower early educators, and create more affordable and equitable access to early education and care for children and families.

Launch of the ECE Accelerated Workforce Pilot and Alumni Advisory Council 

Jumpstart believes that equity in ECE can be significantly increased by cultivating the next generation of educators and education champions to serve underserved communities. Jumpstart has done this for 30 years by providing quality, hands-on, compensated service-learning opportunities for college students and supporting alumna along their path to graduate and as they enter the early educator workforce.  

In response to the ongoing national ECE workforce shortages and after being awarded the 2023 Centerbridge-Bain Partnership Grant, Jumpstart is scaling it’s ECE workforce development strategy with the launch of the ECE Accelerated Workforce Program pilot in Massachusetts. With plans to expand to Los Angeles next year, the pilot program developed in partnership with Bain, provides a more refined approach to support Jumpstart Corps Members to enter the early education workforce. By participating in the program, Corp Members’ at pilot sites will have the ability to count their service as credit towards their degrees and certifications, and they will receive even more workforce development support including accreditation and job placement resources. 

Jumpstart also launched the Alumni Advisory Council (AAC) in September 2023. The AAC is made up of five outstanding Jumpstart Corps Member alumni with diverse cultural and professional experiences, who serve as critical champions of Jumpstart’s work to also advance the pipeline of future educators working in early learning settings.  

These initiatives are transforming the way Jumpstart and others in ECE can impact teacher preparation and retention, a necessity to reaching not just today’s children, but also tomorrow’s youngest learners.  

Our Work Ahead

With 30 years of experience increasing access to high-quality early care and education for children in America, Jumpstart has served over 187,000 children with the support of more than 65,000 college students, community volunteers, and alumni who work directly with young children and their families every day. Jumpstart’s work continues through:

In-Classroom Service

In-classroom service remains at the core of Jumpstart, with a long-sustained positive impact on young children. Through direct-service interventions, today’s preschool educators in underserved communities will continue to be supported by Jumpstart Corps Members implementing Jumpstart’s researched-backed curriculum.

Early Education Workforce

Jumpstart’s continued focus on teacher workforce development will provide training and support pathways for Jumpstart Corps Members to become accredited and assist qualified, effective educators in entering and remaining in the early care and education workforce.

Our Supporters

Thank you to all of our donors who gave during the 2022-2023 fiscal year. Your generous contributions are the backbone of Jumpstart, enabling us to fulfill our mission and make a meaningful impact.

$500,000+

AmeriCorps – Massachusetts Service Alliance
AmeriCorps – CaliforniaVolunteers
AmeriCorps – National Direct
AmeriCorps – Serve DC
AmeriCorps – Missouri Community Service Commission
AmeriCorps – Serve Connecticut
Chris and Loretta Stadler
The TJX Foundation
Robert and Jennifer Waldron

$250,000 – $499,999

Department of Youth and Community Development
Red Nose Day USA
State of Massachusetts
Tracy & Greg Johnson Foundation

$100,000 – $249,999

Anonymous
Centerbridge Foundation
Commonwealth Children’s Fund
David Humphrey and Markella Zanni
Franklin Templeton
Hearst Foundations
Lissy Family Fund
Mimi and Peter Haas Fund
News Corp
Philippe and Ana Laffont
Richard W. Goldman Family Foundation
Robert Small and Christine Olsen
The Clifford Family Foundation
The Pinkerton Foundation

$50,000 – $99,999

Anonymous
Bella Vista Foundation
BJ’s Wholesale Club
Caitlin and Ian Blasco
Eastern Bank Foundation
EJ and Lori Whelan
James C & Norma I Smith Foundation
Jennifer and Andrew Marrus
Jordan and Evonne Meranus
Katie and Mark Pinho
LEGO Community Fund U.S.
Lorie Almon and Mitch Bompey
Lovett-Woodsum Foundation
Marrus Family Foundation, Inc.
Sakurako and William Fisher
Silver Giving Foundation
The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation
Thomas Connolly
United Way of Greater Atlanta/Joseph B. Whitehead Foundation
White & Case

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That’s the beauty of Jumpstart. Everyone involved is impacted by the power of learning and connection.”

– Nick Adams, Alum

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

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