Jumpstart

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Working toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed, 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.

Join the Jumpstart Corps!

Jumpstart Application

Jumpstart Corps members implement the Jumpstart curriculum in preschool classrooms in Central and South Seattle. Corps members serve on a team with peers and work directly with local Jumpstart Site Manager, Aileah Slepski for training, session planning, leadership development. The goal of Jumpstart is to support children to build skills at an early age including language, literacy and social-emotional tools for kindergarten readiness.  

Jumpstart Corps members allows programs to reduce the student-to-teacher ratio to 3:1 in almost every Jumpstart classroom, enabling children to receive an individualized learning experience and develop nurturing relationships with caring adults.

Jumpstart is a great way to give back to community and make a lasting impact.

  • Gain professional experience working directly with children in preschool.
  • Build your resume & become a well-rounded applicant for future employers.
  • Receive ongoing training and work alongside a team passionate about doing work that matters.

Jumpstart Seattle U begins with a selective application process during the first week of the fall quarter. Most students working with Jumpstart are hired via federal work-study funding but volunteers are also welcome to apply. 

All Jumpstart Corps members who complete 300 hours of service are eligible to receive an annual educational award for each year of completed service. 

What can JumpStart members expect?

  • 300 hours of service throughout the school year
  • 4+ hours every week in the classroom (two sessions per week for two hours each)
  • 3+ hours of team planning every week
  • 1-5 hours in the classroom (outside of the Jumpstart program) supporting teachers during the normal school day every week
  • Earn federal work-study funding
  • Earn an educational award upon completion of each full academic year of service 

Jumpstart Employee Toolkit

 

Early Learning

Head Start and Jumpstart

Neighborhood House provides high-quality preschool education to children ages 3 to 5. Neighborhood House Head Start classrooms help children achieve success by combining excellent teaching with cultural sensitivity. Children participate in a well-rounded preschool program that includes literacy activities and social and emotional experiences to foster healthy development. Seattle University undergraduates offer classroom support to Neighborhood House and other nearby Head Start classroom through the Jumpstart program.   

Parent-Child Home Program

Neighborhood House provides home-based services to children between 2 and 3 years old using a research-proven model called the Parent-Child Home Program. This program prepares young children for school success by increasing language and literacy skills, enhancing social-emotional development and strengthening the parent-child relationship. The program is supported by a HUD Choice Neighborhood grant and the United Way of King County.

Kindergarten Orientation

Gatzert Elementary School, Neighborhood House and Seattle University partner to offer a two week kindergarten orientation at Gatzert Elementary for incoming kindergarten students and their families.