About Jumpstart

Jumpstart group picture

Jumpstart is a national early education organization that works with underserved preschool children in schools and community centers. Jumpstart Corps Members (CMs) implement enrichment programming aimed at building the language, literacy, and socio-emotional skills that preschool children need to be ready for kindergarten. Jumpstart members can be eligible to earn AmeriCorps Segal Awards upon completion of 300 hours with the program. Through individualized attention, Corps members work to prepare their preschool partner children for Kindergarten and beyond, utilizing principles of intrinsic motivation and learning through play.

Message from the Program Manager

Want to help DC's pre K students this year? Jumpstart works with underserved preschool and kindergarten children to develop language and literacy skills that youth need to be ready for school, putting them on a path to close the achievement gap. Over the school year, Jumpstart corps members have the opportunity to gain experience in a 8-10 hour per week, immersive classroom experience.

Teams will spend afternoons at the partner school – split between working in the classroom under professional teachers, preparing for sessions individually and with their team, as well as implementing sessions. This increased time at the schools will allow for more professional development and hands-on experience. All Corps Members receive high quality training to help them implement Jumpstart’s outcome-based program and promote children’s school success.

Federal Work Study students are encouraged to apply.

Please email Gena Sanford at gena.sanford@jstart.org for any questions.

Howard University Students

  • 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 high quality training to help them implement Jumpstart’s outcome-based program, promote children’s school success, and build family involvement. 
  • Jumpstart Corp Members: Work with preschool children on reading, writing, and social skills. Earn Federal Work-Study, receive professional training, serve 10-12 hours per week, and receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award once you receive 300 hours.

In the Classroom

Jumpstart classroom activities

Corps members spend their time reading with small groups of children, singing songs, playing games, painting, writing, experimenting, and doing other small-group activities.
During the academic year, Corps members work part-time for approximately 12 hours per week. The hours each week are divided among several service activities:

  • Training
  • Sessions with the team
  • Team planning meetings
  • Classroom assistance
  • Individual planning hours


Contact the senior site manager at gena.sanford@howard.edu or gena.sanford@jstart.org