Jumpstart

At a Glance

National Office: 
308 Congress St. 6th Floor
Boston, MA 02210
Phone: (857) 413-4634

Naila Bolus
People Served: 
100,000
Year Founded: 
1993
Tax ID: 
04-3262046

Focus area(s):

Early Education
Personal & Leadership Development
Reading/Math

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Description

Jumpstart is a national early education organization working toward the day every child in America enters school prepared to succeed. Jumpstart delivers a research-based and cost-effective program by training college students and Community Corps members to serve preschool-age children in low-income neighborhoods.

Jumpstart is the only national supplemental program of its kind, leveraging low child-to-adult ratios to deliver a proven curriculum to preschool-age children. Through the Jumpstart curriculum, these children develop the language and literacy skills they need to be ready for school, setting them on a path to close the achievement gap before it's too late.

Impact and Outcomes

11,297 preschool children were served by Jumpstart nationally. 6,599 Jumpstart children were included in the evaluation sample.
6,599 Jumpstart children were included in the evaluation sample.
In the fall, most children (65%) had average JSSC scores between 1 and 2. By spring, most children (73%) had scores between 3 and 4.
90% of children made gains in language and literacy as measured by the JSSC.
Dual-language learners made larger fall-to-spring gains on the JSSC than children with a monolingual English background.
4,089 Corps members served across 75 Jumpstart sites. 2,586 Corps members were included in the evaluation sample.
2,586 of Corps members were included in the evaluation sample.
96% of Corps members would recommend serving with Jumpstart to peers.
97% of Corps members agreed their Jumpstart experience enabled them to build leadership skills.
71% of Corps members demonstrated an increase in knowledge about early childhood practices.

Matching Gift

For FY17, Jumpstart received $6.98 million in AmeriCorps funding, which carries with it a match requirement of $3.37 million.

Mission & Goals

Jumpstart is fueled by a core belief: providing equal educational opportunities to young children contributes to breaking the cycle of poverty. With six million children under the age of six living in poverty, we are called to do more: to reach more children and achieve a greater impact.

 

JUMPSTART’S MISSION Jumpstart provides language, literacy, and social-emotional programming for preschool children from under-resourced communities and promotes quality early learning for all.

 

JUMPSTART’S VISION Every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed.

Program

Jumpstart sessions take place two days per week, for two hours each time, for 20 weeks.  Each session revolves around a core storybook, and one book serves as the focus for two sessions. Session plans are organized in six unit themes – Family, Friends, Wind and Water, The World of Color, Shadows and Reflections, Things That Grow – and use the following routine:

  • Welcome. Children transition to Jumpstart and build alphabet knowledge through the exploration of name cards.
  • Reading. This is the foundation for all of the Jumpstart session in which activities will continue to evolve around. Children and Corps members engage in a shared reading experience where children learn vocabulary, work on comprehension, and are engaged in story lines.
  • Circle Time. Children participate in a large group setting by singing songs, playing word and letter games, and reading poems.
  • Center Time. Centers are set up with materials and activities that support children’s language and literacy skill development, deepening children’s understanding of the book and providing opportunities to use story vocabulary. Center time allows different areas of the classroom to be "open" so that children can learn and explore new concepts that relate to what was presented during reading and circle time.
  • Let’s Find Out About It. This adult-led activity allows for a deeper dive into concepts that are important to Jumpstart's curriculum. This is a small group activity designed to explore new ideas and information, learn about objects and their use, and understand how things work.
  • Sharing and Goodbye. Children talk and listen to others share their favorite session activities in a large group setting allowing children to learn how to express themselves in front of others.

Impact

During the 2015-2016 program year, Jumpstart will engage over 4,200 volunteers (we call them Corps members) in service to more than 11,000 young children across the nation. Jumpstart’s annual evaluation includes pre- and post-intervention assessments for participant children using indirect observational data and a direct normed measurement. Jumpstart also evaluates Corps member impact by administering a survey twice yearly: before pre-service training in the fall and at the end of the program year in the spring.

The results speak volumes. Jumpstart works—for the children who get exposure to the magic of reading and learning, and also for the passionate Corps members who serve them over the course of an academic year. The majority of children served by Jumpstart make at least one developmental gain, and 99% of Corps members indicated that they were proud of their work with the program.

Every year Jumpstart’s Research and Evaluation team analyzes data about participating children’s language and literacy skills, and social-emotional development. Results from a quasi-experiment from 2014-15 found that the average language and literacy gain of Jumpstart children was statistically significantly greater than the average gain of comparison children (Magnolia Consulting, 2015). Additionally, in 2015, Jumpstart was profiled for the second year in a row as an exemplar program by the Center for High Impact Philanthropy (CHIP) at the University of Pennsylvania. CHIP publishes an early childhood toolkit for donors across the country looking to make a differencewith Jumpstart as a featured organization (Read the article here).

Location of Sites

National Office: 
308 Congress St. 6th Floor
Boston, MA 02210
Phone: (857) 413-4634
List of locations

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Financials

Most Recent Budget

Year Ended:

2015

REVENUE

Corporate Grants: 
$2,554,438
Foundation Grants: 
$2,544,495
Government Funding: 
$7,413,590
Contributions from Individuals: 
$5,648,227
Special Events: 
$0
Program Services Fees: 
$0
Membership Dues: 
$0
Other Earned Income: 
$0
Other Revenue: 
$6,318,945
Other Revenue (Description): 
In-kind goods and services: $6,285,857 in-kind goods and services. Other: $33,088
Total Revenue: 
$24,479,695

EXPENSES

Salaries, Related Salaries & Professional Fees: 
$9,464,310
Occupancy: 
$752,217
Travel & Entertainment: 
$469,441
Office Supplies, Printing, Postage: 
$955,779
Telephone & Communications: 
$215,382
Payments to Affiliates: 
$3,465,465
Other Expenses: 
$7,921,545
Other Expenses (Description): 

Program Operating: $1,345,618

In-kind goods and services: $6,285,857

Other: $290,070

Other Expenses (Description): 

Other Expenses (Description): 

Other Expenses (Description): 

Total Expenses: 
$23,244,139

NET GAIN/LOSS

Net Gain/Loss: 
$1,235,556

Prior Year Actuals

Year Ended:

2014

REVENUE

Corporate Grants: 
$2,759,488
Foundation Grants: 
$3,512,074
Government Funding: 
$7,558,510
Contributions from Individuals: 
$3,762,435
Program Services Fees: 
$0
Membership Dues: 
$0
Other Earned Income: 
$0
Other Revenue: 
$6,239,505
Other Revenue (Description): 
In-kind goods and services: $6,174,281 Other: $65,224
Special Events: 
$2,433
Total Revenue: 
$23,834,445

EXPENSES

Salaries, Related Salaries & Professional Fees: 
$10,060,310
Occupancy: 
$745,634
Travel & Entertainment: 
$380,276
Office Supplies, Printing, Postage: 
$1,111,360
Telephone & Communication: 
$239,340
Payments to Affiliates: 
$3,272,995
Other Expenses: 
T$7,815,966
Other Expenses (Description): 

Program operating: $1,428,578

In-kind goods and services: $6,174,281

Other: $213,107

Total Expenses: 
$23,625,881

NET GAIN/LOSS

Net Gain / Loss: 
$208,564

Major Funders

Barr Foundation

Bloomberg

CaliforniaVolunteers

Connecticut Commission on Community Service

Corporation for National and Community Service – Foster Grandparents

Corporation for National and Community Service – National Direct AmeriCorps and Volunteerism

CVC Capital Partners

The Eisner Foundation

Franklin Templeton Investments

Helios Education Foundation

Joshua and Anita Bekenstein Charitable Fund

Massachusetts Service Alliance

MFS Investment Management

Missouri Community Service Commission

New Yorkers Volunteer

News Corp

Pearson

The Pinkerton Foundation

Richard W. Goldman Family Foundation

Serve DC – The Mayor’s Office on Volunteerism

United Way of Greater Atlanta in partnership with the Joseph B. Whitehead Foundation