jumpstartImproving language and literacy skills of low-income pre-schoolers is the focus of UCI’s Jumpstart chapter, and earlier this month, the team of undergrads and staff who run the program got a big help toward that end when they landed a 400-book donation from The Molina Foundation.

The gift was part of the foundation’s Launch into Learning campaign that provides resources and tips to help children get back into academics after the summer break.

“We’re extremely grateful to The Molina Foundation for their generous donation,” says John Harmon,  the program’s site manager. “The children we work with will get to build their home libraries, which means they will continue to develop their reading skills even when outside of the classroom.”

Launched at UCI in 2002, 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.

UCI’s chapter services nearly 300 students in the Santa Ana area with a corps of 90+ undergrads and two full-time staff.

Interested in getting involved? Check them out online at www.jstart.org.

pictured: Harmon picking up books from the weekend giveaway event. More photos online at https://www.flickr.com/gp/125950886@N03/328Q7X.




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