Written by: Margaret Caspe, Ph. D., Director of Early Childhood Programs, CAS
This fall The Children's Aid Society Early Childhood Department is embarking on a new partnership with Jumpstart to address the early childhood achievement gap. Jumpstart is an Americorps program in which college students and community volunteers deliver a supplementary literacy program to preschool children. Jumpstart Corps members serve in classrooms twice a week for an entire school year; they read core storybooks and participate in targeted and intentional activities based on these stories that help develop key language and literacy skills.
To kick off the partnership, on September 23rd Margaret Caspe, the Director of Children’s Aid Society Early Childhood Programs spoke at Jumpstart’s Leadership Institute. The panel was an opportunity for 75 of Jumpstart’s team leaders and volunteer coordinators to gain knowledge about the early childhood field, the different opportunities for growth in the sector and to be inspired by current early childhood leaders in NYC. In addition to Margaret the panel included Sophia Pappas, Executive Director, Early Childhood NYC Department of Education, Maria Benejan, Associate Commissioner, Child Care and Head Start, NYC Agency for Children’s Services and Brian Wallace, Managing Director of Teacher Leadership Development, Teach for America.
One of Jumpstart’s flagship initiatives is Read for the Record which this year is being held on October 6th. On this day, more than 2 million people will read Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney, calling for an end to the early education achievement gap. To read more about the initiative and to pledge to read you can visit their website.
To learn more about Jumpstart here. Follow this blog to learn more about how the partnership unfolds over the course of the year.