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At Jumpstart, we know that every child is born with the potential to succeed in school and in life. We also know that the foundation for that success is established in the early years, before a child enters kindergarten.

Jumpstart recruits college students to work for one academic year on teams of fellow students to support the language, literacy and social-emotional development of preschoolers from low income communities. Since 1993, more than 70,000 preschool children across America have benefited from millions of hours of Jumpstart service. This year alone, Jumpstart volunteers are serving more than one million hours with 13,000 preschool children in more than 60 communities across America.

Today, Jumpstart is recognized as one of the nation’s leading nonprofit organizations in the field of early childhood education. Join us as we work toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed.

Get Involved!

Now is your chance to make a difference in the life of a child!  Students who join Jumpstart will be trained to work with preschool children for a full year to help prepare them for success in school and in life.

Jumpstart Corps members serve two afternoons per week in a local preschool with a team of fellow students.  Each Corps member is paired with two or three preschoolers to support their language, literacy and social-emotional development. Corps members must commit to one academic year (2 consecutive semesters) of service, working an average of 10-15 hours a week.

Benefits include:

  • Earn work study
  • $1175 AmeriCorps education award opportunity
  • Early Education & Care Certification 
  • Capstone & Field placement credit for Psychology students 
  • Be a part of a family of 85+ Corps members! 


Become A Member


Position Duties

Corps Member

Work on a team of UMB students in a preschool classroom twice a week, communicate with childrens' family and attend trainings and service days

Volunteer Coordinator

Organize and manage volunteer service events, recruit and train volunteers for one-day, short-term and
long-term service projects

Team Leader

Manage and coach your team of volunteers, plan and implement Jumpstart sessions and facilitate meetings



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2nd Floor-3404.02
Telephone: (617) 287-7906
Fax: (617) 287-7925