About us

About Jumpstart

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Jumpstart is a leading national nonprofit organization working toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed.  Since 1993, we’ve been bringing preschool children and college students together through one-to-one mentoring relationships to build the language, literacy, and social-emotional skills necessary to succeed not just in school, but also in life.

Learn more about Jumpstart’s impact across the nation

About Jumpstart Seattle at the University of Washington

Jumpstart Seattle at the University of Washington was launched in September of 2003 as a collaborative effort between Undergraduate Academic Affairs, the Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity, the College of Education, and the Work Study Office. Since 2003, UW undergraduates have worked with Seattle preschool children through the Jumpstart program. Jumpstart is a program housed in The Center for Experiential Learning and Diversity within Undergraduate Academic Affairs.

Our mission

Jumpstart Seattle at the University of Washington trains and supports teams of UW undergraduates in their efforts to help children from low-income backgrounds in preschool classrooms build language, literacy, and social-emotional 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.

Our vision

Jumpstart Seattle at the University of Washington 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 UW 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.

Our values


We strive to ensure that quality permeates all aspects of our program, so that we provide optimal learning for both children and undergraduates.


We value collaboration with preschool families, teachers and staff, community partners, campus staff and faculty, and our national Jumpstart network as critical to improving the experiences of children and undergraduates.

Personal growth

We support the process of personal growth of individuals through goal setting, active learning, risk-taking, and ongoing reflection.

About the Center for Experiential Learning and Diversity

Jumpstart is one of nine undergraduate programs housed in the Center for Experiential Learning and Diversity (EXPD) in Mary Gates Hall 171.  Jumpstart aims to connect students to the many opportunities offered here including scholarships, undergraduate research, and additional community engagement programs. Learn More