Welcome to Jumpstart

We’re fueled by a core belief: providing equal education opportunities to young children contributes to breaking the cycle of poverty.

Jumpstart is a national early education organization working toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed. Jumpstart recruits and trains University of Washington students who provide language, social-emotional, and literacy programming for preschool children from under-resourced communities and promote quality early learning for all children.

Jumpstart is Hiring!!

Join our Jumpstart UW team for the 2021-2022 service term! Click here to see what leadership opportunities we currently have.

Throwback Thursday with Jumpstart Dawg Daze Event!

Learn how to get paid to work with preschoolers, meet other UW students, and play games!

COVID-19 vaccination now a condition of employment

On August 18, 2021, Governor Inslee issued proclamation 21-14.1, requiring all employees of Washington higher education institutions to be fully vaccinated by October 18, 2021 as a condition of employment unless a documented medical or religious exemption is approved. Click for more information!

Impactful experiences that affect student's future career paths

“I went into UW thinking I had wanted to become a Pharmacist but when I volunteered as a Jumpstart member, I knew teaching was my passion. After I graduated, I was hired as a teacher at the site I had volunteered at.”

Windows & Mirrors Talk with UW Jumpstart Authors

Windows & Mirrors Talk with UW Jumpstart Authors! Jumpstart members from the Becoming a Children’s Book Author Squad are showcasing the children’s books they have written and illustrated this year! They will be discussing their writing process and reading a portion of their books.