Jumpstart is a national AmeriCorps program that trains and places college students in teams to serve preschools in low-income neighborhoods for an academic year.
Jumpstart is a national AmeriCorps program that trains and places college students in teams to serve preschools in low-income neighborhoods for an academic year. Jumpstart’s mission is to work toward the day every child in America enters school prepared to succeed.
These “Corps members” attend Jumpstart sessions twice per week, implementing session plans that focus on language and literacy development, as well as social skills. Through individualized attention, Corps members work to prepare their preschool partner children for Kindergarten and beyond, utilizing principles of intrinsic motivation and learning through play.
Both volunteers and Federal Work Study students are eligible to participate.
In the Classroom
Corps members spend their time reading with small groups of children, singing songs, playing games, painting, writing, experimenting, and doing other small-group activities.
During the academic year, Corps members work part-time for approximately 12 hours per week. The hours each week are divided among several service activities:
- Sessions with the team
- Team planning meetings
- Classroom assistance
- Individual planning hours
Students MUST be available during one of the following time slots:
- Mondays and Wednesdays 10:00am-11:30am
- Mondays and Wednesdays 4:00pm-5:30pm
- Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00am-11:30am
- Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:00pm-5:30pm
Other hours of the week are flexible and arranged depending on the student’s schedule and the hours of the preschool partners.