***FOR THE SPRING OF 2021, JUMPSTART IS ONLY OPEN TO RETURNING MEMBERS WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE FALL OF 2020. **** If you are new to Jumpstart, we will be opening up applications in future semesters.
Jumpstart is a national early education organization that works with underserved preschool children in schools and community centers. Jumpstart Corps Members (CMs) implement enrichment programming aimed at building the language, literacy, and socio-emotional skills that preschool children need to be ready for kindergarten. For the Spring 2021, we will be continuing to reimagine the Jumpstart program to fit the virtual mode of learning, translating many of our classic curriculum elements into a new format. Jumpstart members commit 8-12 hours weekly of teaching, preparation, and planning and can be eligible to earn AmeriCorps Segal Awards upon completion of 300 hours with the program.
Opportunities to Get Involved
Georgetown University Students
Jumpstart Corps Members have the unique opportunity to inspire young children to learn, serve in a local community, work on a team, and build professional skills. All Corps members receive high quality training to help them implement Jumpstart’s outcome-based program, promote children’s school success, and build family involvement. To learn more about our virtual program this year, please view this recording of our fall Information Session.
If you are interested in joining Jumpstart, please fill out the Sign Up form at the green button above! Questions about the program can be directed to the Jumpstart Site Manager, Taryn Kitchen, at email@example.com.
School and Community Partners
In the virtual setting, Jumpsart Georgeotwn provides weekly newsletters full of engaging activities for preschool families to engage with at home. Newsletters include read-alouds of our favorite story books, discovery videos for children to view and learn along with, and pdf activity guides of activities for caregivers to set up. We also host occasional live events for children and families.
During the 2020-21 academic year, Jumpstart is partnered with the following schools and community centers:
- J.O. Wilson Elementary School
- Ketcham Elementary School
- Martha’s Table at The Commons
- Moten Elementary School
If you are interested in a partnership with Jumpstart or have any additional questions about the program, contact the Jumpstart Site Manager, Taryn Kitchen, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jumpstart works with underserved preschool children to develop language and literacy skills that youth need to be ready for school, setting them on a path to close the achievement gap. Over the summer Jumpstart corps members have the opportunity to gain experience in a 35-40 hour per week, immersive classroom experience. Teams will spend the majority of their day at the partner school – split between working in the daytime classroom under professional teachers, preparing for session individually and with their team, as well as implementing session. This increased time at the schools will allow for more professional development and hands-on experience than the academic year program provides, and would more fully prepare those interested in teaching to pursue that path. All Corps Members receive high quality training to help them implement Jumpstart’s outcome-based program and promote children’s school success. The interest form for Summer 2021 will be available at csj.georgetown.edu/summer (new window) once Summer 2021 plans have been established. Contact the Jumpstart Site Manager, Taryn Kitchen, at email@example.com (new window) with questions.
The Jumpstart Program falls under Georgetown University’s Protection of Minors policy.