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Mission Statement

Working toward the day every child in America enters school prepared to succeed.
We know every child enters the world with potential. Jumpstart ensures that those children most at-risk still reach this promise. By providing extraordinary attention in yearlong one-to-one relationships, Jumpstart inspires children to learn, adults to teach and communities to progress together... the results are transformational.


Jumpstart is a national non-profit organization working toward the day every child in America enters school prepared to succeed. We do this through an extensive network ranging from our national board of directors, who oversee and govern our national operations, to our Corps members, who create caring, one-to-one relationships with preschoolers year after year.

  • School Success: The one-to-one relationships at the core of the Jumpstart model build literacy in combination with social and emotional readiness. Time and again, we've seen how consistent, committed, and caring relationships prepare children for school and help to create a lifelong love of learning.
  • Family Involvement: Jumpstart's focuses on three areas of family involvement: building strong relationships, ongoing and consistent communication, and the Jumpstart-home learning connection. Jumpstart provides learning activities for the home, thereby reinforcing the learning that takes place during Jumpstart sessions.
  • Future Teachers: By working with college students, we are also helping to create new generations that are not only excited about early childhood education, but also have developed the skills to make a difference. In partnership with Pearson, we've also started the Pearson Teacher Fellowship , which supports select college graduates teaching in low-income early education centers for two years.


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