Northern California

Programs & Local Initiatives

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

Jumpstart & San Francisco State University

Jumpstart at San Francisco State University is partnering with the EDVance program through the Marian Wright Edelman Institute to pilot a teacher preparation program. This work directly supports Jumpstart’s strategic plan goal of making a positive impact on the early education workforce. The community has embraced Jumpstart’s program and believes that it will make a long lasting impact on the kindergarten readiness of young children by preparing highly trained teachers. In the 2015-2016 program year the pilot will expand to include 30 Corps members serving 10 classrooms.        

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

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