Jumpstart is a national program that has been training college students for 25 years in early childhood development, specifically language, literacy, and social- emotional. Jumpstart operates at many university campuses in Mississippi. The MUW Jumpstart program has been serving young children in our community for seven years. Through a proven curriculum, these children develop skills they need to be ready for school, setting them on a path to close the achievement gap before it is too late. Jumpstart's mission is to work toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed (no matter what the family's income, status, or zip code is – which are all indicators of a child's success in school, according to research).
MUW Jumpstart Program Site Manager: Rose Ford, email: email@example.com
Upon completion of training, the team of college students (known as Corps members
of Jumpstart) goes into our program partner sites to host "Jumpstart Sessions" with the
3-5-year-olds. The sessions are part of Jumpstart's supplemental curriculum. You do
not create your lessons or ideas; researched educators have already designed
everything. You just take the session plan, plan for the activities (with the provided
materials available to you, so no out-of-own pocket expenses), and deliver it to the
children with your assigned team of Corps members. You will have opportunities
within the Session to work with children in whole groups, small groups, and one on one. You will not be alone; you will serve the children with your team of fellow Jumpstart Corps members and receive support & guidance from classroom teachers and staff.
This service is an excellent opportunity for individual Corps members to visit the site independently to assist the classroom teachers in any learning activities and to have fun while building relationships with your special little "Jumpstart buddies." These service hours can occur any day or time that fits your personal/course schedule in cooperation with your site's classroom schedule.
Not all 10-15 weekly hours are served at the sites and with the children. Some of your service (usually 1-2 hours a week) is completed on your own time, preparing for your sessions (both individually and as a team). This preparation involves reviewing the week's Session Plan, practicing the storybook read-aloud and songs, and preparing games, crafts, or activities. Materials needed to prepare for sessions are provided to Corps members. However, if you have any personal materials or props that can enhance the Session, that is welcomed too.
Jumpstart’s site at The W is housed in the School of Education. Jumpstart Corps Members are trained by the Site Manager to volunteer on campus and local preschools in the community. Corps Members work in teams with other MUW students to engage with preschool children through many activities such as reading, singing, and playing games. Jumpstart Corps members are available to MUW students of all majors. Jumpstart is a Federal Work-Study opportunity, but students are not required to have work-study to be Corps Members. Additionally, Corps Members who complete the program are eligible to earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of approximately $1,300.