Language and literacy skills development is the focus of UCI’s Jumpstart Chapter which services nearly 300 low-income pre-school students in the Santa Ana area. Saturday, March 3 is the program’s annual Spring Literacy Fair where those interested in the program can come for a day of fun with story telling, arts and crafts, free food and books. Themed this year around science, technology, engineering, arts and math, the day-long event will feature a visit from PBS character Clifford the Big Red Dog and balloon story telling with Annie Bannanie.
Jumpstart is a national early education organization that recruits and trains college students and community Corps members to serve preschool children in low-income neighborhoods. The organization’s proven curriculum helps children develop the language and literacy skills they need to be ready for kindergarten, setting them on a path to close the achievement gap before it is too late. The UCI Chapter was established in 2003 by UCI cognitive sciences professor Virginia Mann and has been an active member in the OC community working to improve educational outcomes for local children. Get involved today by visiting www.jstart.org/