When Children Start School Behind, They Stay Behind

Friday, January 11, 2013

Imagine starting a race knowing everyone will get a head start, except for you. Not exactly fair, is it? But for many children, this isn't too far off from reality.

That's because there are millions of children living in poverty who are not getting the high-quality early learning opportunities they deserve. When children start school behind, they stay behind -- and most never catch up. By adulthood, our nation sees an increase in high school dropout rates, incarceration, and countless other remediation programs.

While these statistics are unsettling, we believe there's a clear solution and it starts with Jumpstart. Through our research-based, cost-effective program, we train college students and community volunteers to serve preschool children in low-income neighborhoods, both in the D.C. metro area and across the country. Our proven curriculum helps children develop the language, literacy and social skills they need to be ready for kindergarten, setting them on a path for lifelong success.

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