Jumpstart is a national early education organization working toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed. We provide language, literacy, and social-emotional programming for preschool children from under-resourced communities and promote quality early learning for all children. Since 1993, the national Jumpstart network has trained 45,000 college students and community volunteers to transform the lives of nearly 100,000 preschool children across the country. For more information, visit the Jumpstart Web site at www.jstart.org.
With the 2018-2019 academic year, Jumpstart will enter its 12th year of partnership with the University of Connecticut. The Jumpstart UConn program recruits a Corps of 80 college students serving over 175 preschool children. We are always searching for motivated and dedicated students to contribute to our program and its leadership. Current preschool partners are located in Vernon-Rockville, Manchester, Mansfield and Windham.
Volunteers serve in the classrooms twice a week in 4 hour time blocks. In addition, they can go in for classroom assistance time which is catered to your schedule. Jumpstart also hosts monthly professional development meetings. Upon completion of the 300 hour commitment, volunteers receive an education award through Americorps.