Jumpstart is a leading national nonprofit organization working toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed. Since 1993, Jumpstart has brought preschool children and college students together. Today, Jumpstart programs across the country have trained more that 45,000 college students and community volunteers, who have helped prepare nearly 100,000 children for kindergarten success.
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We strive for the day that every child will enter kindergarten prepared to succeed.
Quality – We strive to ensure that quality permeates all aspects of our program, so that we provide optimal learning for both children and undergraduates.
Collaboration – We value collaboration with preschool families, teachers and staff, community partners, campus staff and faculty, and our national Jumpstart network as critical to improving the experiences of children and undergraduates.
Personal growth – We support the process of personal growth of individuals through goal setting, active learning, risk-taking, and ongoing reflection.
What We Do
Jumpstart Corps members implement the Jumpstart curriculum in preschool classrooms throughout the Claremont area. The Jumpstart curriculum focuses on enriching oral language experiences for children – including intentional attention paid to children’s emotional language skills, such as labeling and understanding feelings. Members commit to serve on a team with 5-6 peers and work directly with preschool students for 300 hours throughout the academic year. Members work with local Jumpstart Site Managers on training, session planning, service opportunities, and more.
Jumpstart teams allow classrooms to reduce the student-to-teacher ratio to 4:1 in almost every Jumpstart classroom, enabling children to receive an individualized learning experience and develop nurturing relationships with caring adults. Through the Jumpstart program, Claremont Colleges students gain essential training, skills, and practical experience to be better prepared for the workforce and augment their undergraduate education.
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Apply online or contact us at Jumpstart@pitzer.edu or (909) 607-9290.
Jumpstart Program Manager
Jenessa Flores Parker
Offices located in Pitzer’s Atherton Residential Hall 415-417
1050 N. Mills Ave Box #A203
Claremont, CA 91711
Phone: (909) 607-9290
Fax: (909) 607-8758