Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching & Service
Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching & Service

Georgetown Jumpstart

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. 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.

If you are interested in joining Jumpstart, fill out the Sign Up form. Questions about the program can be directed to the Jumpstart Site Manager at jumpstart@georgetown.edu. You can also find us on Instagram @gujumpstart.

School and Community Partners

Jumpstart Georgetown provides literacy kits and on campus activities for students and families. Teams also provide newsletters 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.

During the 2024-25 academic year, Jumpstart is partnered with the following schools and community centers:

If you are interested in a partnership with Jumpstart or have any additional questions about the program, contact the Jumpstart Site Manager at jumpstart@georgetown.edu.

Summer Opportunities

Jumpstart works with 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 among working in the daytime classroom under professional teachers, preparing for session individually and with their team, and implementing sessions. This increased time at the schools allows 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. Contact the Jumpstart Site Manager at jumpstart@georgetown.edu (new window) with questions.

The Jumpstart Program falls under Georgetown University’s Protection of Minors policy.