What is Jumpstart?

Jumpstart is an early childhood education organization working toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed. We provide language, literacy, and social-emotional programming for preschool children from under-resourced communities and promote quality early learning for all children. Since 1993, the national Jumpstart network has trained over 45,000 college students and community volunteers to transform the lives of over 100,000 preschool children across the country. For more information, visit the Jumpstart national website at www.jstart.org.

About the UConn-Jumpstart Partnership

With the 2021-2022 academic year, Jumpstart will enter its 15th year of partnership with the University of Connecticut. The Jumpstart UConn program is a Corps of 80 college students serving approximately 175 preschool children each year. We are always searching for motivated and dedicated students to contribute to our program and its leadership. While the 2020-2021 program year was entirely virtual, Jumpstart programming is expected to return to in-person service for 2021-2022.

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 neighboring communities. 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. Corps members may also serve individually in the classroom during the regular school day.