Jumpstart KC members have the unique opportunity to inspire young children to learn, serve in a local community, collaborate with others on a team and build professional skills.

About Jumpstart

Jumpstart recruits and trains college student to serve as AmeriCorps members. We are a national early education organization working toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed. Jumpstart AmeriCorps members provide language, literacy, and social-emotional programming for preschool children from under-resourced communities and promote quality early learning for all children. Join us to work toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed.

Learn more about Jumpstart

All Jumpstart AmeriCorps members receive high quality training to help them implement Jumpstart’s outcome-based program, promote children’s school success and build family engagement. Eligible college students could potentially earn Federal Work-Study, course credit and a $1,311 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award in the process.

Jumpstart Kansas City

  • Serves nearly 200 children at Head Start centers and other preschools serving low-income families in Kansas City
  • Recruits and trains 60 college students from UMKC and Rockhurst University to mentor preschool children at risk for future school failure
  • Engages more than 70 community volunteers in service projects that support families and community members in preparing children for school success

Get Involved With Jumpstart KC

Corps members and volunteers enhance the literacy, language, social and emotional development of young children through positive interactions with the children and families they serve.

Corps members spend 1012 hours each week during the school year inspiring young children to learn, working on a team and building professional skills. All corps members receive professional-caliber training to help implement Jumpstart's outcome-based program, promote children's school success and build family involvement.

Children need advocates in all fields all majors are welcome.

Become a corps member

Jumpstart KC engages numerous enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers of all ages to assist with our community outreach and educational activities each year. From preparing materials for our classrooms to participating in special events to reading with children at local libraries, our volunteers are vital to increasing the program's impact on the Kansas City community.

If you would like to help out but are unable to commit to the 300-hour Corps member position, email Jumpstart KC to be added to our volunteer list.

Early Childhood Programs Served by Jumpstart KC

For more information about Jumpstart KC, please email Site Manager Silvina Munita or call 816-235-1003.