Jumpstart Program Overview
Jumpstart engages dedicated, trained adults who are interested in providing language and literacy support to small groups of preschool children through yearlong relationships and consistent delivery of Jumpstart sessions in program partner classrooms. The majority of Jumpstart Corps members nationwide are students at our higher education partner campuses, such as USC. Others are community members from a variety of sectors who participate in Jumpstart through our city based Community Corps program. While Jumpstart Corps members serve for a minimum of one academic year, Jumpstart provides them with experience in classrooms and communities that increases early childhood knowledge and builds awareness of community and social issues that impact young children, fostering a pipeline of future educators and champions of early childhood education.
During the regular school year, teams of Jumpstart Corps members engage a classroom of preschool children in two-hour Jumpstart session twice a week. Through Jumpstart sessions, teams deliver a curriculum based on Jumpstart's three language and literacy domains: oral language, books and print knowledge, and phonological awareness. Each Corps member is paired with approximately three-four children and supports these partner children directly through select sessions elements, sharing responsibility for supporting the larger classroom of children during other parts of the session
Jumpstart Foster Grandparent Program.
In partnership with the Foster Grandparent Program, Jumpstart recruits and trains volunteers 55 and older to implement a supplemental curriculum-based session in preschool classrooms. Spending between 15-40 hours a week in the classroom, Foster Grandparents work with the same cohort of children for an entire school year, cultivating their language, literacy, and social skills through a curriculum focused on individual attention.
Jumpstart's Community Corps and Foster Grandparents work closely together to recruit and share best practices to support older adult volunteers. The program seeks to support families, preschools and communities to promote a culture of learning outside the classroom by providing parents with the tools they need to support their child's education. The program cultivates a Corps of adults who become advocates for early childhood education and engaged citizens.