Jumpstart Helps Preschoolers Prepare

An organization that has prepared nearly 100,000 children for kindergarten will give hundreds of District preschoolers the same opportunity.

Jumpstart will host its 15th annual Jumpstart For a Day event at Howard University’s Burr Gymnasium in Northwest on Friday, April 14, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Over 300 local preschoolers will have the opportunity to engage in literacy, social, emotional and learning stations during the event, as well as Zumba, arts and crafts, music, obstacle courses, and information on social safety and physical and mental health.

Howard students will facilitate many of the programs during the one-day event, keeping with the tradition of the organization.

Founded by four college students more than 20 years ago, they asked each other: What if we could offer children from under-resourced communities individualized attention before they enter kindergarten, giving them the critical academic and social skills, or the “jump-start,” they need to succeed?

The idea came into fruition and today Jumpstart has trained more than 45,000 college students and community volunteers to assist preschoolers.

The program has been replicated across the country in 14 states and the District of Columbia.

Jumpstart said they leverage partnerships with higher education institutions, community organizations, Head Start programs, community-based preschools, and school districts to create sustainable solutions in order to close the kindergarten readiness gap.

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Sarafina Wright –Washington Informer Staff Writer

Sarafina Wright is a staff writer at the Washington Informer where she covers business, community events, education, health and politics. She also serves as the editor-in-chief of the WI Bridge, the Informer’s millennial publication. A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, she attended Howard University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. A proud southern girl, her lineage can be traced to the Gullah people inhabiting the low-country of South Carolina. The history of the Gullah people and the Geechee Dialect can be found on the top floor of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. In her spare time she enjoys watching either college football or the Food Channel and experimenting with make-up. When she’s not writing professionally she can be found blogging at www.sarafinasaid.com. E-mail: Swright@washingtoninformer.com Social Media Handles: Twitter: @dreamersexpress, Instagram: @Sarafinasaid, Snapchat: @Sarafinasaid

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