Jumpstart for Young Children
505 Eighth Avenue
Suite 1100
New York NY 10018
Contact Information
Address 505 Eighth Avenue
Suite 1100
New York, NY 10018-
Telephone (212) 868-2526 x
Fax 212-868-3115
E-mail info@jstart.org
Web and Social Media
Mission
Every child has the potential to succeed, but too many children from low income communities are starting kindergarten up to one year behind their peers from more affluent communities. Jumpstart's mission is to provide language, literacy, and social-emotional programming for preschool children from under-resourced communities and promote quality early learning for all. Jumpstart is working towards the day that every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed by intervening early, when it matters most. Jumpstart trains teams of adult volunteers to engage preschool-age children in small groups to develop the language, literacy and social-emotional skills that children need to be ready for kindergarten. Volunteers use a proven curriculum to deliver over 80 hours of intensive and intentional instruction to children during a school year. Jumpstart is a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network. 
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1993
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Naila Bolus
Board Chair Chris Stadler
Board Chair Company Affiliation CVC Capital Partners
Financial Summary
 
Projected Revenue $24,343,919.00
Projected Expenses $24,343,919.00
Statements
Mission Every child has the potential to succeed, but too many children from low income communities are starting kindergarten up to one year behind their peers from more affluent communities. Jumpstart's mission is to provide language, literacy, and social-emotional programming for preschool children from under-resourced communities and promote quality early learning for all. Jumpstart is working towards the day that every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed by intervening early, when it matters most. Jumpstart trains teams of adult volunteers to engage preschool-age children in small groups to develop the language, literacy and social-emotional skills that children need to be ready for kindergarten. Volunteers use a proven curriculum to deliver over 80 hours of intensive and intentional instruction to children during a school year. Jumpstart is a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network. 
Background
Education is the foundation for lifelong success. Yet thousands of children from low-income neighborhoods enter school without the basic skills they need to thrive. Children who start behind are more likely to stay behind, and this gap only widens over time. Jumpstart was founded in New Haven, CT in 1993 to serve as a national early education organization that helps children develop the language, literacy and social-emotional skills they need for school. Since its founding, Jumpstart has recruited and trained more than 45,000 college students and community members, known as Corps members, to work with more than 98,000 preschool children nationwide.The program is intensive and intentional; children participate in 20 weeks of sessions targeted at building specific skills that research tells us children need. Internal evaluations and external studies consistently find that Jumpstart children show learning gains that are greater than comparison children.  
 
Jumpstart is a national organization, but delivers the program locally. Each community has a dedicated Jumpstart site manager who oversees the implementation of the Jumpstart program in the community. In New Haven, the Jumpstart site manager works out of the Southern Connecticut State University campus.  
 
Impact
During the 2015-2016 program year, Jumpstart recruited 43 college student volunteers to deliver the Jumpstart program to 122 preschool children in New Haven, CT - with 92% of children demonstrating measurable gains in their language and literacy skills. On average, Jumpstart children made language and literacy gains of over one level over the course of the program year. 
 
Participating in Jumpstart also has an impact on the college student volunteers. Jumpstart college student volunteers receive pre-service and ongoing trainings, observation, and feedback to support their professional development and ensure program quality. In particular, Jumpstart provides college students interested in education or social services a valuable hands-on work experience in the classroom. At the end of the 2015-2016 program year, 97% of Jumpstart college student volunteers in New Haven indicated they were considering a career or graduate degree in education, early education, or social services. 
 
Jumpstart understands that children learn best in a supportive environment. To help meet the need to provide a nurturing and attentive classroom, Jumpstart college student volunteers provide additional service through Classroom Assistance Time, during which they support the teacher with the general curriculum. This program year, Jumpstart provided assistance in 12 preschool classrooms beyond those classrooms that receive Jumpstart programming. 
 
Going forward, Jumpstart has set forth the goals of continuing to serve at least 122 children in New Haven and engage 42 college student volunteers. Additionally, Jumpstart will provide classroom support and community events to engage children and families in meaningful language and literacy activities. 
Needs
In order to continue to provide Jumpstart's critical language, literacy, and social-emotional programming, Jumpstart needs support through contributions; grants; program partners; community champions; and the opportunity to participate in meaningful collaborations. 
CEO Statement There are about 23,000,000 children under the age of five in the United States. Almost 24% of them are living in poverty. 100% of them have potential. This is the foundation of our work at Jumpstart – a fundamental belief that every child can learn and succeed. Because of systemic injustices – especially racial, ethnic and economic – too many children from low-income families are “starting the race of life already behind” (in the words of former President Obama). Our purpose at Jumpstart – our why – is to help break the cycle of poverty, to interrupt those injustices, and to help children live into their potential, so they are defined not by the resources of their family or community, but by their dreams for the future.
Board Chair Statement Since its founding in New Haven, CT in 1993, Jumpstart’s program has remained a leading supplemental pre-k program, leveraging adult-child relationships to deliver a carefully designed curriculum that builds the key skills children need to enter school prepared to succeed.
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Education / Preschools
Areas Served
National
New Haven
In New Haven, CT, Jumpstart serves in the Dixwell, Hill, and Dwight neighborhoods. 
 
Nationally, Jumpstart currently partners with 72 colleges and universities in 13 states and the District of Columbia. To learn more about Jumpstart's locations visit https://www.jstart.org/our-work/locations/
 
 
Programs
Description
Jumpstart is working toward the day every child in America enters school prepared to succeed. To this end, Jumpstart recruits and trains achievement-oriented college students from Southern Connecticut State University to deliver an innovative early education program to preschool children from low-income backgrounds in preschools in New Haven. Jumpstart college student volunteers meet with the same group of preschool children on a weekly basis in the classroom setting and work together on language, literacy, social, and initiative skills for one year. During the school year, college student volunteers serve 8-10 hours each week participating in twice-weekly, two-hour Jumpstart Sessions. The Jumpstart Session is a structured time set aside at a preschool when teams of college student volunteers offer support in the areas of language, literacy, social, and initiative skills to children. 
Jumpstart builds relationships with the schools, families, and community members to provide a program that effectively meets the language and literacy needs of each preschool child. Through these relationships, Jumpstart inspires children to learn, adults to teach, families to get involved and communities to progress together. 
Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5) / Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
Jumpstart assesses each child twice a year using its School Success Checklist, a 15-item assessment of language and literacy, social, and initiative skills. This strong pre- and post-assessment process allows Jumpstart to track a child's progress, measure program impact, and improve content and delivery. Jumpstart helps prepare children for future school success. Jumpstart children begin the school year with skills rated similar to or lower than their peers but make statistically significant greater progress in early language, literacy, social, and initiative skill areas by the end of the program year. 
By the end of the program year, at least 75% of children evaluated will demonstrate measurable gains in language, literacy, and social-emotional skills as measured by the School Success Checklist.  
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
The long-term success of Jumpstart's program will involve all children entering kindergarten prepared to succeed. This success will set children from under-resourced communities on track to pursue school and career experiences that will allow them to break the cycle of poverty. Using the 3rd grade reading scores as an indicator for future success in school, children who complete Jumpstart programming will be reading at or above grade level by 3rd grade. 
 
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. Jumpstart continually observes and monitors the quality of programming being delivered, as well as maintains open and communicative relationships with the classroom teachers and program directors. Teachers report to staff the benefits they see of Jumpstart in their classrooms and parents share stories of children demonstrating skills they've learned from the Jumpstart volunteers. 
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.

Below is an email received from a classroom teacher, partway through the program year: 

I just wanted to reach out and tell you how absolutely fabulous Jumpstart is! We truly enjoy having them in our room with us. They bring so much happiness to these children and are just so willing and ready to help out with whatever I ask of them. Today they stepped up with our Valentines and our Valentine's Day party and it was such an overwhelming feeling having them here to share a special day with us!

I really appreciate them!


CEO/Executive Director
Mrs. Naila Bolus
Term Start Oct 2011
Email naila.bolus@jstart.org
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 127
Number of Part Time Staff 2
Number of Volunteers 4300
Number of Contract Staff 46
Staff Retention Rate 10%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 129 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 0
Unspecified 129
Senior Staff
Title Chief Operating Officer
Title Chief Program Officer
Title Chief Development Officer
Experience/Biography Extensive Development and Marketing experience
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Collaborations
Jumpstart firmly believes in the power of collaborations - Jumpstart programming is built upon the success of fruitful collaborations with preschool programs and universities and colleges. Jumpstart collaborates with other nonprofits to enhance our programming and support the work of other providers in our communities. 
 
In New Haven, Jumpstart collaborates with four preschool program partners and one university. Additionally, Jumpstart partners with other nonprofits to participate in community events, such as neighborhood clean-ups and holiday events.  
 
Board Chair
Chris Stadler
Company Affiliation CVC Capital Partners
Term Sept 2007 to Aug 2017
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Lorie E Almon Seyfarth Shaw
Stephanie Blank GEEARS (Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students)
Mr. Grady Burnett HackerRank
Thomas G Connolly Merchant Banking
Mr. Josh Duhamel Actor
Mr. David Humphrey Bain
Mr. Greg Johnson Franklin Resources, Inc.
Mr. David Lissy Bright Horizons Family Solutions
Navid Mahmoodzadegan Moelis & Company
Jennifer K Marrus
Ms. Kim Mitchell Global Philanthropy and Community Relations, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Bridget Moynahan
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 2 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 8
Female 5
Additional Board/s Members and Affiliations
NameAffiliation
Ms. Milena Alberti Penguin Random House
Ms. Lorie Almon Seyfarth Shaw. LLP
Mr. Brad Coleman Citigroup Global Markets
Ms. Allison Devore Philanthropic Advisor
Ms. Laura Ensler Laura Ensler Consulting, LLC
Mr. Mark Flannery Point72 Asset Management
Ms. Kellie Lerner Robins, Kaplan, Millery & Ciresi
Ms. Jennifer K. Marrus Consultant, Board Development and Fundraising
Mr. Dylan McDermott Actor
Ms. Cynthia Mitchell Seyfarth Shaw, LLP
Ms. Kim L. Mitchell Organizational Development and Philanthropy Executive
Mr. Mark Pinho Soros Fund Management
Mr. Alan Riffkin Lazard Freres
Mr. Brian Rivel Rivel Research Group
Ms. Meridith Sopher The Legal Aid Society
Ms. Betty Weintraub Connecticut Health & Educational Facilities Authority
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Sept 01 2016
Fiscal Year End Aug 31 2017
Projected Revenue $24,343,919.00
Projected Expenses $24,343,919.00
Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals ChartHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Revenue$12,891,638$17,937,508$17,732,667
Total Expenses$15,280,461$16,080,595$16,842,167
Prior Three Years Revenue Sources ChartHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$6,654,516$8,824,218$8,293,866
Government Contributions$4,666,601$7,413,590$7,558,510
Federal------
State----$795,435
Local----$12,847
Unspecified$4,666,601$7,413,590$6,750,228
Individual Contributions------
------
------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$2,193--$8
Membership Dues------
Special Events$1,893,927$1,890,433$2,100,908
Revenue In-Kind------
Other($325,599)($190,733)($220,625)
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$12,110,352$12,661,697$14,107,586
Administration Expense$1,638,344$1,794,005$1,419,309
Fundraising Expense$1,531,765$1,624,893$1,315,272
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.841.121.05
Program Expense/Total Expenses79%79%84%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue12%9%7%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$6,019,184$8,739,434$7,388,922
Current Assets$5,889,119$8,593,581$7,220,242
Long-Term Liabilities$1,198,660$1,367,815$2,063,811
Current Liabilities$645,433$807,705$618,110
Total Net Assets$4,175,091$6,563,914$4,707,001
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount --AmeriCorps - New York Commission $789,168Corp. for National & Community Service $3,481,990
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --AmeriCorps - National Direct $693,781California Gov. Office on Service & Volunteerism $1,168,348
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --The Pinkerton Foundation $281,440Massachusetts Service Alliance $1,004,795
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities9.1210.6411.68
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets20%16%28%
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Comments
CEO Comments


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Address 505 Eighth Avenue
Suite 1100
New York, NY 10018
Primary Phone 212 868-2526
Contact Email info@jstart.org
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Naila Bolus
Board Chair Chris Stadler
Board Chair Company Affiliation CVC Capital Partners

 

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