Jumpstart

Mission

Jumpstart advances equitable learning outcomes for young children in underserved communities by recruiting and supporting caring adults to deliver high-quality programming to children and drive systems change through teaching, advocacy, and leadership.

Program Description

As part of Jumpstart’s mission to ensure children enter kindergarten prepared to succeed, college student volunteers work to provide high-quality services to children through Jumpstart classroom service and planning. Jumpstart provides volunteers with the training, coaching, and support to ensure that all of Jumpstart’s activities provide children with high-quality, developmentally appropriate experiences and supportive interactions with well-trained adults.

Type of service
Academic Intervention
Year Started
1994
Headquarter Location (City, State)
Boston, MA
Most recent number of students served
9436
Subject Offered
Early Literacy
Grade Levels
Pre-Kindergarten
Percentage of tutors who can speak a language other than English
90% of volunteers speak English as their primary language but ~40% speak other languages fluently in addition to English (e.g., 26% Spanish, 2% Chinese, and 1% each of Arabic, ASL, French, Haitian Creole, Korean, Portuguese, Tagalog, Vietnamese
Setting
During School
Out of School
Delivery Mode
In-Person
Student-Tutor Ratio
3:01
Number of Sessions Per Week
2
Number of Minutes Per Session
60
Number of Weeks Per Program
20
Does your program engage with parents?
Yes
Family Engagement Description

Families receive Jumpstart Family Newsletters and text messages (through Jumpstart’s partnership with Ready4K); all volunteers receive training, resources, and activities to help them more effectively engage families.

Organization Type
Nonprofit
Customer Type
Schools, community-based preschools, Head Start programs, and partner with community organizations, higher education institutions
Cost to District/ School/ Non-Profit
Free
Cost to Student
Free
Type of Tutor
Volunteer
Randomized controlled trial (RCT) study conducted?
Yes
RCT effect size
No effect just gains on GIGIG, TERA-3, BSRA, DECA socio-emotional skills
Quasi-experimental (QED) study conducted?
Yes
QED effect size
0.62

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