Jumpstart places highly motivated college students in preschool classrooms in low-income communities to help children build language, literacy and social skills. With a focus on school success, family involvement, and future teachers, Jumpstart works to create an environment of lifelong learning for children.
What is Jumpstart?
Jumpstart is a national early education organization that recruits and trains college students to serve preschool children in low-income neighborhoods around the Boston area. Our proven curriculum helps preschool children develop the language and literacy skills they need to be ready for kindergarten, setting them on a path to close the achievement gap before it is too late.
Children that come from low-income neighborhoods start kindergarten 60% behind their more affluent peers, setting them up early on for failure. When children fall behind in kindergarten, they are more likely to stay behind for the rest of their lives. In order to address this issue, Jumpstart is working toward the day when every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed.
Who does Jumpstart hire?
Jumpstart at Suffolk University recruits caring and passionate students, called Corps Members, who commit to performing 300 hours of service during the school year. During their term of service, students receive over 60 hours of professional training on topics related to early childhood education and citizenship.
What are the benefits of joining Jumpstart?
Not only would you impact the children, families, and communities around Boston by participating in Jumpstart, but also you may be eligible to earn other benefits. As a Jumpstart Corps Member, you will have the opportunity to:
- Earn you work study award (if you have one)
- Earn a Segal Education Award (scholarship) from AmeriCorps, to pay for your tuition, student loans, and other educational expenses
- Satisfy the practicum requirement to earn your professional preschool licensure from the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care
- Build and strengthen your leadership, team work, and time management skills
Where do Jumpstart Corps Members serve?
Corps Members spend the majority of their time in a classroom implementing the Jumpstart curriculum. Students also have the opportunity to spend time in a preschool classroom outside of their assigned session, called Classroom Assistance Time (CAT).
During CAT, Corps Members gain exposure to professional teachers’ strategies in classroom management and facilitating children’s learning, and assist the teachers and children in activities that promote language and literacy.
Corps Members also have an impact in the community by volunteering at various service projects throughout the year.
When do Jumpstart sessions occur?
Jumpstart at Suffolk University recruits over 75 Corps Members that are placed on 10 different teams that serve 170 children around the Boston area. The 2013-2014 Jumpstart sessions occur on:
- Monday/Wednesday: 10:00AM-1:00PM
- Monday/Wednesday: 2:30PM-5:30PM
- Tuesday/Thursday: 3:00PM-6:00PM
What is the Jumpstart at Suffolk University contact information?
Jumpstart at Suffolk University is located in the S.O.U.L.S. Center for Community Engagement office in the Donahue Building.
S.O.U.L.S. Center for Community Engagement
41 Temple St., Donahue 209
Boston, MA 02114
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Ready to Apply?
If you think Jumpstart may be the program for you, you are encouraged to apply today to become a Corps Member or a Team Leader.