Sunday, September 11, 2011


Mission Statement: Working toward the day every child in America enters school prepared to succeed. 

Every child deserves the chance to succeed, yet studies show that children from low-income neighborhoods are at a greater risk of school failure. Jumpstart is a national early education organization that helps these children develop the language and literacy skills they need to be successful in school, setting them on a path to close the achievement gap before it is too late. 

Since 1993, Jumpstart has trained more than 20,000 college students and community volunteers to deliver its program to more than 90,000 preschool children nationwide.  

Jumpstart is a volunteer/work-study position depending on your financial aid. 
If you are interested in joining please visit Marillac, MB 34. 

It is possible that you may be paid through work-study, if you have any. Also AmeriCorp is providing a Educational Award for about $1,100 for completing 300 hours in the Fall and Spring Semester. 
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Our Model

Jumpstart helps children succeed in school and in life.

Clear Vision: Jumpstart works because our goals are focused on serving children. We pair motivated college students and community volunteers with preschool students for an entire school year to foster:
Community Collaboration: Partner with community stakeholders to strengthen and prioritize early childhood education and cultivate a new generation of early childhood educators and advocates;
School Success: Build language and literacy skills while supporting family involvement with activities and resources for at-home learning.

Quality Time: Jumpstart Corps members serve in classrooms twice a week for an entire school year; they read corestorybooks and participate in targeted and intentional activities based on these stories that help develop key language and literacy skills.
Welcome: Children transition to Jumpstart from their previous activity and are welcomed to the Jumpstart session;
Small Group Reading: Promote vocabulary and comprehension by reading high-quality children’s literature together;
Circle Time: Encourage social interaction through group activities designed to develop and promote language and literacy skills;
Center Time/Let’s Find Out About It:  Share fun learning activities that let children experiment and practice with words and ideas to deepen their understanding of books that they read;
Sharing & Goodbye:  Ask children about their favorite session activities, using objects or examples of children’s work from Center Time and rich vocabulary to support the conversation

Llama Llama Red Pajama - R4TR English

Read for the Record! October 6, 2011! 
Millions of children in low-income neighborhoods are at risk of school failure before they even start kindergarten. Jumpstart's Read for the Record®, presented in partnership with the Pearson Foundation, allows Americans to demand that all children receive the quality early education they deserve.
On October 6, 2011, more than 2 million voices will call for an end to America's early education achievement gap by reading Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney – setting a world record in the process! Sit down to read in your community.You'll be standing up for children everywhere!

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