J is for Jumpstart

Posted: April 25, 2011 in Uncategorized

Jumpstart is a program designed to give children the chance to succeed in life through education. The program was started in 1993 at Yale University when a group of college students decided all children should enter school by being prepared to succeed. Thus, Jumpstart was born which allows college students to mentor preschool children from low-income neighborhoods.

College students team up with preschool children to mentor them in literacy, language and social skills. All of which are needed to succeed in school and life. Since 1993, the program has gained momentum all over the country. Jumpstart now has offices in Boston, MA; Atlanta, GA; Chicago, IL; Los Angeles, CA; New York, NY; San Francisco, CA; and Washington D.C.

With the support of over 3,000 college students across the country over 9,000 preschool students are on the path to success.

Jumpstart’s programs include circle time (social interaction through group activities), small group reading (reading together to promote vocabulary and comprehension), center time (hands on activities and experiments for children to practice with words and ideas), and much more. If you are interested in getting your child involved in Jumpstart or want to be a mentor visit the website for more information.

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