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Funded by Americorps, the Jumpstart program recruits, trains and funds Roosevelt University students to serve as mentors for low-income, 3 to 5-year-old children in three partner preschools. The goal of the program is to develop literacy and social skills of preschool students and to provide classroom support to teachers. Early intervention techniques help to eliminate negative behaviors or habits at early ages before they become deep rooted by high school age.

Two highlights included a November 2009 event called Bookamania, in which Jumpstart partnered with the Chicago Public Library to offer a celebration of books for children ages 3 – 10, and featured guest authors and storytellers, storybook readings, musical entertainment, crafts and costumed characters. In March 2010, Roosevelt University hosted a regional Jumpstart for a Day (JFAD) event where more than 300 preschool children and their families participated in various activity stations to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday.

Jumpstart is partnered with Roosevelt University as well as four other major metropolitan colleges in Chicago.  Through these partnerships, Jumpstart is able to cultivate relationships with more than 200 college students who serve twice per week in preschool classrooms across Chicago.  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 Chicago's lowest income neighborhoods.

Roosevelt University's College of Education is committed to ensuring the success of Chicago's children.  Dean Holly Stadler is a member of the Chicago Local Advisory Board of Jumpstart where board members concentrate 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.  Together, we are working towards the day where every child in Chicago, and in the nation, enters school prepared to succeed.

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