Academic Engagement & Community Action


Jumpstart: Kindergarten First

Jumpstart helps students develop skills to get ready for kindergarten. 

Every child deserves the chance to succeed, yet studies show that children from low-income neighborhoods are at a greater risk of school failure. Jumpstart is a national early education organization that helps these children develop the language and literacy skills they need for school, setting them on a path to close the achievement gap before it is too late.

Since 1993, Jumpstart has trained more than 20,000 college students and community volunteers to deliver its program to more than 90,000 preschool children nationwide. Here in Boston, Jumpstart reached 2,146 children during the 2014–2015 school year.

Jumpstart’s award-winning program holds a “Best in America” seal from Independent Charities of America. Join us to work toward the day every child in America enters school prepared to succeed. Learn more »

Join Jumpstart

Jumpstart Corps members agree to a 200- or 300-hour commitment for the full school year—about 12-14 hours per week. You can also work with Jumpstart through Emerson's work-study program.)

How to Apply

  1. Submit an online application (accepted on a rolling basis)
  2. Complete an interview with Emerson College's site manager, Tara Jacobsen. After you submit an application, we will contact you for a quick phone interview and schedule an in-person interview. Bring your passport or birth certificate and driver's license.
  3. Complete all necessary paperwork.

Jumpstart at Emerson Snapshot

The Office of Academic Engagement and Community Action hosts Emerson College Jumpstart.

2014–2015 Academic Year

Hours Children Corps
Emerson College Students 14,200 110 49 3
Jumpstart Massachusetts (All Schools) 256,500 2,146 855 65

Carnegie Foundation for Elective Community Engagement Classification Seal

Emerson Receives Community Engagement Classification

Emerson College recognized nationally for its high level of commitment to civic and community engagement.

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The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll Seal

Emerson named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

Emerson College once again recognized for reflecting the values of exemplary community service and achieving meaningful outcomes in its community.

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