Jumpstart Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is it like being a Jumpstart member?
Serving with Jumpstart can be an incredibly rewarding experience. In fact, 97% of Jumpstart members report overall satisfaction with their experience. To find out more, read a Jumpstart member’s story or check out the Jumpstart model. As a Jumpstart member, you have the opportunity to be part of a national movement, make new friends, acquire transferable skills and make a difference in the lives of children in the community.

What does a typical week look like for a Jumpstart member?

Jumpstart members devote an academic year to serving in a local preschool classroom. On average, each member serves approximately 10-15 hours per week. Jumpstart members are not scheduled to serve during designated school breaks. Each week in the program typically consists of the following:

  • Jumpstart sessions, 2 hours twice a week
  • Team planning meetings, 1 hour twice a week
  • Individual planning time, between 2-5 hours each week depending on session plan
  • Individual classroom service, between 2-3 hours per week

All members are assigned to a 4-hour time block which remains the same for the full academic year and includes the Jumpstart session and team planning meeting. All other requirements vary according to individual schedules and preferences.

All Jumpstart members receive training prior to their classroom service and ongoing throughout the program year.

What are the benefits of being a Jumpstart member?
Jumpstart offers UConn students the chance to engage in meaningful service while receiving extensive early childhood training and professional development. College students who participate in Jumpstart have the ability to make an extraordinary difference in the life of a young child.

All Jumpstart participants who complete 300 hours of service over the course of the year will receive the Segal AmeriCorps education award (worth just over $1,200). Students who are work-study eligible may also earn their federal work-study funds with Jumpstart, in addition to the education award they will receive after completion of the program.

Where are the Jumpstart sites located?
2019-2020 program partners are in Vernon-Rockville, Manchester, Mansfield and Windham.

I don’t have a car on campus. How will I get to my Jumpstart site?
As members of Community Outreach, all Jumpstart members will be receive transportation to and from all off-campus service locations.

What are the Jumpstart team times?

Team times for the 2019-2020 academic year:

Monday/Wednesday, 8:30am – 12:30pm

Monday/Wednesday, 12:30pm – 4:30pm

Monday/Wednesday, 2pm – 6pm

Monday/Wednesday, 2:30pm – 6:30pm

Tuesday/Thursday, 8:30am – 12:30pm

Tuesday/Thursday, 12:30pm – 4:30pm

Tuesday/Thursday, 2:30pm – 6:30pm

Applicants must be available for both days/times in order to be considered for placement. However, we encourage all who are interested to apply as team times and service options may be subject to change.

Can I still participate if I don’t have work-study?
Absolutely! The majority of the Jumpstart Corps each year is composed of volunteers. We encourage all students who are dedicated and motivated to serve to apply at www.jstart.org/apply.

Do I have to be an education major to join?

No! We have members across all majors with various backgrounds and interests.

What if I don’t know very much about working with children or teaching?
Jumpstart UConn welcomes all students excited to learn more about early childhood education and active citizenship. All you need to apply is a willingness to participate and learn. Jumpstart provides mandatory training for all members prior to classroom service, as well as ongoing support and supervision throughout the year.

How do I apply?
You can apply by filling out the online application here. The application takes approximately 15 minutes to complete.

What happens after I submit my application?
A Jumpstart UConn staff member will contact you to schedule an interview.

What if I have more questions?
If you have any more questions, contact uconn.co.jumpstart@gmail.com.