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Jumpstart programs are made possible with the help of volunteers from local colleges and the community, who serve in a variety of preschool settings in underserved communities such as Head Start programs, community based classrooms, and public school pre-K. Each member of our volunteer “Corps” undergoes extensive training before entering the classroom, as well as ongoing coaching throughout the school year to ensure the highest quality program is consistently implemented. Click here to learn more about our program.


Jumpstart partners with universities and colleges to recruit college students to serve in preschool classrooms in underserved communities.  Our College Corps program offers students a chance to work alongside likeminded peers, receive high-quality training in early childhood development and education, and gain invaluable hands-on experience in the classroom, all while giving back to the local community. Jumpstart is a great opportunity for students who are interested in education, looking for a work-study opportunity, or simply love spending time with children. Click here to learn more about Jumpstart Corps members.

Students who participate can make an impact on educational equity while potentially earning funds to help pay for their college education through Federal Work Study or a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award (depending on where they serve).

Local Initiatives

City’s First Readers 

Collaborative initiative of New York City Council, CFR fosters literacy development in NYC children from 0 – 5 years.

Early Years Collaborative 

South Bronx and Brownsville, Brooklyn collaborative to improve school readiness and increase shared adult/child reading time while strengthening partnerships between organizations.

South Jamaica Reads 

Partnership of literacy organizations working with families, schools and the South Jamaica community to ensure children start kindergarten ready and prepared to stay on track through 5th grade.

East New York Reads 

Partnership of literacy organizations working with families, schools, and the East New York community to ensure children start kindergarten ready and prepared to stay on track through 5th grade.

Hunts Point Alliance for Children 

(HPAC) is a collaboration of literacy organizations based in Hunts Point, Bronx. Hunts Point Alliance is a strong voice for the children of Hunts Point and to supports the schools and organizations in the community. HPAC’s overarching strategy is to create individual and neighborhood change by creating programmatic links among existing services, schools and families of the neighborhood.

NYC Early Learning Network

A collaboration of early learning organizations across New York City who work collaboratively to foster and support an inspired community of parents, caregivers, service providers, and advocates. The goal is to make New York City a place where all young children can be successful learners.

FirstStep NYC Leadership Institute   

The Leadership Institute is designed to prepare and support current and future leaders to improve outcomes for all children and families by advancing quality and best practice in early education settings.

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

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