What is Jumpstart?

Jumpstart is a national early education organization that recruits and trains college students and community Corps members to serve preschool children in low-income neighborhoods. Our proven curriculum helps children develop the language and literacy skills they need to be ready for kindergarten, setting them on a path to close the achievement gap before it is too late.

Learn more about participating with Tufts Jumpstart. Fill out this form to receive more information.

What Can You Do?

Corps members at Tufts contribute to Jumpstart by playing a variety of roles. Here are some of the opportunities available through Jumpstart:

Team Leader

The team leader collaborates with a team of Corps members to provide educational activities to young children and families. Responsibilities include planning and implementing effective Jumpstart sessions using the Jumpstart curriculum, facilitating team meetings, and coaching Corps members to use developmentally appropriate practices with young children. The team leader plays a variety of roles, including coach, trainer and observer and is essential to making Jumpstart a high quality program. The Jumpstart team leader position is open to Jumpstart Corps members and alumni who have completed at least one year of service. In some cases, it is also open to undergraduate or graduate students who have early childhood education backgrounds and can serve in a team leader role.

Corps Member

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 professional-caliber training to help them implement Jumpstart’s outcome-based program, promote children’s school success, and build family involvement.

Volunteer Coordinator

The volunteer coordinator recruits, manages, and assists in training volunteers for various Jumpstart service projects that address specific program and community needs. The volunteers recruited, oriented, and trained by the volunteer coordinator should reflect a balance of college students, local community service organizations, and others who can participate in a range of volunteer service projects. Basic volunteer service project categories include one-day, short-term, and long-term service projects.

Student Testimonies

Jumpstart Corps members make a lasting difference that shapes them personally along the way.

“I’m not really sure about what is in store for me in the future. Maybe I’ll be an engineer like I planned. Maybe I’ll become a teacher, or maybe I’ll end up working at a preschool. One thing that I am sure of is that I have realized that I truly can do something bigger than myself, and that is something that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.” — Alex P.

“I am proud to work at Jumpstart to help my partner children on a path with options brighter than mine. The same way I saw my students advance and had visions of Olympians when I was a swim instructor, I see progress here in the classroom and have visions of scientists, artists, and politicians.” — Andrade H.

“Working with Jumpstart allows me the unique opportunity to work with children and affect change in the most hands-on way possible.” — Antonia G.

Watch this video to see what educators, parents, students, and volunteers say about Jumpstart.

Want to Learn More?

To receive more information about participating in Tufts Jumpstart and to complete the online application, please fill out the form below. You will receive more information via email within the next day or two. Please direct any questions, comments, or concerns to tufts.jumpstart@gmail.com.