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. For the Fall of 2020, we will be reimagining 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 jumpstart@georgetown.edu.

School and Community Partners

​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 jumpstart@georgetown.edu.

Summer Opportunities

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 in January 2021. Contact the Jumpstart Site Manager, Taryn Kitchen, at jumpstart@georgetown.edu with questions.

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