“Throughout my two years at Jumpstart, I have learned many lessons:
- If you whisper, children will listen
- A scribble of crayon can be an octopus, the sun, or Cee Lo Green
- You will never know what a child is thinking unless you ask
- Jumpstart may be the only stability a child has
This last lesson is the one that sticks with me.
Many of the children in Jumpstart have just one stable person in their home, may be in foster care, or have other particularly difficult situations [to deal with]. Jumpstart’s Corps members coming in two days a week gives children something to look forward to. Whether they are excited to read the latest session book, sing the newest Circle Time song, or play the newest games in Center Time, they know that our teams will be there no matter what.
Susie* is the greatest example of how Jumpstart provides stability in a child’s life. Susie has been apart of my Jumpstart classroom for two years. She comes from a challenging home life where there is not a lot of stability for her to rely on. In the beginning, Susie did notJumpstart's Corps members coming in two days a week gives children something to look forward to. want to be a part of Jumpstart at all. She didn’t appreciate that during Jumpstart, things could not always go her way. Once Susie learned that my team wanted the best for her, she started to look forward to the program.
While Susie learned how to read, write her name, and make connections within the stories we read, I witnessed her amazing growth and development. The most important thing Susie took away from Jumpstart is that there are always people here to support her.”
*Children's names have been changed to maintain privacy.