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What is Jumpstart?

To combat the crisis in early literacy, Jumpstart, a national early education organization, works toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed. Jumpstart partners with 6,100 college students and community volunteers with preschool children in low-income communities for a full school year. Jumpstart helps children develop the language and literacy skills they’ll need to thrive in school and in life. During the 2011-2012 school year, Jumpstart served 9,115 children in partnership with more than 325 early learning centers, 71 universities and colleges, and 173 communities throughout the country. For more information, visit the Jumpstart Web site at

About the UConn-Jumpstart Partnership

Jumpstart is in its 7th year serving at UConn. In the 2012-2013 school year the program expanded to include 80 UConn students, serving over 200 preschool children. We are always searching for motivated, enthusiastic students to contribute to our program and its leadership. Current preschool partners are located in the Vernon-Rockville and Windham-Willimantic area of Connecticut.

Get Involved!

There are many ways that UConn students can make a difference! We are now accepting applications for Corps Members to serve in our community. Jumpstart Corps Members work directly with preschool children in yearlong mentoring relationships in order to promote children’s school success. Students serve together in teams at local preschools, and work with a consistent group of preschool children for the duration of the school year. Individually, Corps members also serve in the classroom during the regular school day