The Evidence is Clear: Jumpstart Works!

For more than two decades, we’ve continuously measured our impact on the children we serve and the members who served them. Our innovative techniques, partnerships, research and evaluation practices, and vast national network of supporters across the country all contribute to our success.

Jumpstart Children

Children Served Last Year

Results from a recent comparison study found that Jumpstart children make 1.5x greater gains in important literacy skills, as compared to those who don’t receive the Jumpstart program.

Percentage of children who made language and literacy gains as measured by a teacher observation tool.
Percentage of Jumpstart children who displayed average, above average, superior, or very superior scores as measured by a direct assessment at the end of the year.

[1] Lee & Burkham, 2002: Lee, V. E. & Burkam, D. T. (2002). Inequality at the starting gate: Social background differences in achievement as children begin school. Washington, DC: Economic Policy Institute.

In low-income neighborhoods, children start kindergarten
their peers from more affluent communities.1

When children start behind they tend to stay behind; a child not reading at grade level by the end of 3rd grade is

to drop out of high school.2

Jumpstart Members

Corps Members
Satisfied with their involvement in Jumpstart
Likely to pursue a career or advanced degree in an area relevant to their Jumpstart service
First generation college students
Changed majors because of Jumpstart

Jumpstart Reach

Colleges/Universities & Community Partners
States (including DC) Implementing the Jumpstart Program
Read for the Record Readers

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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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