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Jumpstart is a research-based, national early education program, that recruits and trains college students and community Corps members to serve preschool children in low-income neighborhoods.  Our proven curriculum helps 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.  Funded by AmeriCorps, Roosevelt University students serve as mentors for 3 to 5-year-old children living in low-income communities, in two partner preschools. Early intervention techniques also help to eliminate negative behaviors or habits at early ages before they become deep rooted by high school age.

Jumpstart is partnered with Roosevelt University as well as five other major universities in the Chicago area:  DePaul, Northwestern, Dominican, Loyola, and University of Chicago.  Through these partnerships, Jumpstart is able to cultivate relationships with more than 200 college students, called Corps members, who serve twice per week in preschool classrooms across Chicago. Students serve in classrooms two days per week, for two hours each time called Session.  Each session revolves around a core storybook and one book serves as the focus for two sessions.  Session plans are organized in six unit themes -- Family, Friends, Wind and Water, The World of Color, Shadows and Reflections, and Things That Grow.

The preschools that Jumpstart is working with are some of the most under-resourced schools in the country; the children that our students work with every week during the school year live in some of Chicago's lowest income neighborhoods.   Corps members have provided 1 million + hours of service to preschool children in these communities.  97% of Corps members report overall satisfaction with the program.

Roosevelt University's College of Education and Office of Community Engagement are committed to ensuring the success of Chicago's children.  Dean Tom Philion is concentrating on a strategic area of focus - from providing regional leadership to advising on developments in early education  with the goal of expanding and improving the Jumpstart program at Roosevelt University.  Together, we are working towards the day every child in America enters Kindergarten prepared to succeed.

For More Information

Visit the Jumpstart website.