Jumpstart is a leading national nonprofit organization working toward the day every child in America enters school prepared to succeed. Since 1993, we've been bringing at-risk preschool children and college students together through one-to-one mentoring relationships to build the language, literacy, and social skills necessary to succeed not just in school, but also in life.
Learn more about Jumpstart's impact across the nation
Jumpstart Ann Arbor at the UM
Jumpstart Ann Arbor at the University of Michigan was launched in August of 2008 as a collaborative effort between the School Of Education, and the Work Study Office. Since 2008, UM students have worked with Ann Arbor preschool children through the Jumpstart program.
Jumpstart Ann Arbor at the University of Michigan trains and supports teams of UM students in their efforts to help at-risk or low-income children in preschool classrooms build language, literacy, social and initiative skills. The program allows undergraduates to explore the world of early childhood education, gain a deeper understanding of themselves, and increase their awareness of the diverse communities they serve.
Jumpstart Ann Arbor at the University of Michigan will work to bring awareness about the importance of early childhood education both on the university campus and in the community. On campus, Jumpstart will develop and strengthen relationships with UM departments to improve access to academic experiences related to early childhood.
Jumpstart will be a resource for undergraduates seeking opportunities to develop themselves personally, further their academic interests, engage as future preschool educators, or become advocates for early learning. Jumpstart seeks to recruit students and staff members with diverse backgrounds and experiences to contribute to our work, and in turn provide them with opportunities to serve diverse communities. Jumpstart will engage in ongoing dialogue with our preschool and community partners to meet the needs of the children and families we serve.
We strive to ensure that quality permeates all aspects of our program, so that we provide optimal learning for both children and students.
We value collaboration with preschool teachers and staff, community partners, campus staff and faculty, and our national Jumpstart network as critical to improving the experiences of children and undergraduates.
We support the process of personal growth of individuals through goal setting, active learning, risk-taking, and ongoing reflection.
For more information please visit, the national Jumpstart site