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Review for Jumpstart for Young Children, Inc., Boston, MA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I volunteered with Jumpstart for my Freshman year of college and they've impressed me with their commitment to their mission, their organization, and the quality of people they staff. I have had an intense experience making a difference in young children's lives with tremendous support from other volunteers. Jumpstart gave me the training to effectively nourish early literacy and language skills with up-to-date, research-backed childhood development theory, with specific plans for educating and conversing with children between the ages of 3 and 5. On Site Mangers have offered valuable and effective support whenever needed, for things like difficulties in the classroom and planning effectively for sessions with the children. A criticism I have is that more observation and feedback sessions would be helpful, but I know time is stretched thin between all of the different teams we have working.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Working with the children I have throughout this year, I have directly experienced their progress and the impact my team has been having. Children who didn't previously speak up now do consistently, children who speak English as a second language have begun using it more, and they are learning to recognize and write their names, to name a few things.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Limit class sizes that experience Jumpstart so that Corps Members have only one or two partner children.

Role:  Volunteer & I was a Corps Member, which is to say I worked in preschool classrooms developing children's language, literacy, and emotional skills.