Jumpstart for Young Children Inc.
Jumpstart Kansas City at University of Missouri - Kansas City
4825 Troost Avenue, Suite 215
Kansas City MO 64110
Jumpstart Corps member reading with child
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 235-1003
Mission Statement

Every child has the potential to succeed, but too many children from low-income communities are starting kindergarten up to 60% behind their peers from more affluent communities. Jumpstart is a leading early education organization, helping break the cycle of poverty by giving children the "jumpstart" they need in life. With a vision to work toward the day every child in Kansas City enters kindergarten prepared to succeed, Jumpstart Kansas City’s mission is to provide language, literacy, and social-emotional programming for preschool children from under-resourced communities and promote quality early learning for all. Launched in 2001, Jumpstart Kansas City volunteers implement Jumpstart’s proven curriculum in early childhood education centers across the city, preparing children for success in kindergarten and beyond. Internal evaluations and external studies have consistently found that children who participate in Jumpstart show learning gains that are greater than comparison children, confirming that Jumpstart children are better prepared to succeed in school. Jumpstart also supports volunteers, known as Corps members, in their development as community leaders and early childhood education advocates. Jumpstart actively works to influence public opinion and policy to generate greater support for investments in high-quality early childhood education programs across the country.

Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Naila Bolus
Board Chair Mr. Chris Stadler
Board Chair Company Affiliation CVC Capital Partners
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1993
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement

Every child has the potential to succeed, but too many children from low-income communities are starting kindergarten up to 60% behind their peers from more affluent communities. Jumpstart is a leading early education organization, helping break the cycle of poverty by giving children the "jumpstart" they need in life. With a vision to work toward the day every child in Kansas City enters kindergarten prepared to succeed, Jumpstart Kansas City’s mission is to provide language, literacy, and social-emotional programming for preschool children from under-resourced communities and promote quality early learning for all. Launched in 2001, Jumpstart Kansas City volunteers implement Jumpstart’s proven curriculum in early childhood education centers across the city, preparing children for success in kindergarten and beyond. Internal evaluations and external studies have consistently found that children who participate in Jumpstart show learning gains that are greater than comparison children, confirming that Jumpstart children are better prepared to succeed in school. Jumpstart also supports volunteers, known as Corps members, in their development as community leaders and early childhood education advocates. Jumpstart actively works to influence public opinion and policy to generate greater support for investments in high-quality early childhood education programs across the country.

Background Statement

The organization first launched Jumpstart Kansas City in 2001, in partnership with the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Since then, over 960 college students have served nearly 2,000 at-risk young children. Jumpstart collaborates with universities, preschools, and local stakeholders to best meet community needs.

The University of Missouri - Kansas City houses the program on campus and helps connect Jumpstart to community-oriented college students. UMKC faculty and staff assist in hiring and supporting Jumpstart's site managers and help to ensure the quality of the Jumpstart program. Finally, UMKC provides office space, materials, recruitment support, and access to federal work-study funds.

Preschool partners host Jumpstart in their centers throughout the year. Preschool directors and teachers play a critical role in orienting Corps members to the center and coaching them during their classroom service. Preschools also provide space and resources for Jumpstart sessions, and twice a year give direct feedback on how Jumpstart can improve its efforts.

Jumpstart partners with local early learning centers to meet children where they are. This year, Jumpstart is providing services to preschool children in the following locations: Emmanuel Family and Child Development Center, Metro Early Learning Center, Operation Breakthrough, Guadalupe Centers, St. Mark’s Child and Family Development Center and Thomas Roque Child and Family Development Center. Jumpstart partners with the following local organizations to benefit children in Kansas City: University of Missouri-Kansas City, Turn the Page KC, Metropolitan Community College at Penn Valley, Rockhurst University, Partners in Quality (through the Metropolitan Council on Early Learning), Kansas City Public Schools, Start at Zero, Show Me KC Schools, Teach For America, Missouri Community Service Commission, KC AmeriCorps Alliance, and the Kansas City Public Libraries. Jumpstart will continue to cultivate support from local stakeholders in order to ensure long-term sustainability.

Impact Statement

During the most recent program year, Jumpstart delivered its research-based programming to more children nationwide than ever before. The 11,500 children who participated in Jumpstart saw significant improvements in their language and literacy skills, and are now better prepared for long-term school success. Jumpstart also provided over 4,000 Corps members across the US with professional training and hands-on experience in a preschool classroom. We know from pre- and post-service surveys that a Corps member’s experience with Jumpstart increases their leadership, time-management, and communication skills, and their become early education teachers and champions. This year in Kansas City, Jumpstart will engage 70 Corps members to serve over 200 young children. These 70 Corps members commit to 21,000 hours of service in high-need communities in Kansas City.

As poverty is “the most serious risk factor” for limited vocabulary, the Jumpstart program is uniquely positioned to make a difference. Jumpstart serves children from low-income neighborhoods. The Jumpstart curriculum, including session content and structure, provides an intentional focus on vocabulary development, an area that is lacking in many early childhood curricula. Throughout each session, Corps members deliberately include target vocabulary in every activity to build content knowledge. We know that for children to learn new words, including their meaning and how to use them, they need repeated exposure and practice. Jumpstart sessions scaffold children’s learning and exposure to new vocabulary words and concepts, providing children with rich environments for building vocabulary.

Needs Statement

Relationships with community partners are essential to Jumpstart's success and ability to grow. In particular, if Jumpstart is to expand in the Kansas City area in the next two or three years, additional support will be required from the following:

  1. Financial contributions from local funders to support Jumpstart’s Kansas City programmatic activities and possible growth;
  2. Contributions of time or money from Kansas City individuals interested in supporting Jumpstart;
  3. Strategic partnerships with other local organizations serving young children in Kansas City's most under-resourced communities;
  4. Opportunities to open programming at additional universities; and
  5. Opportunities to expand programming with new early learning centers.
Service Categories
Preschools
Higher Education
Adult, Child Matching Programs
Areas of Service
AZ
CA
CT
GA
IL
MA
MI
MO
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
MS
National
NJ
NY
PA
RI
WA
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

I am so pleased to be a part of Jumpstart’s efforts to deepen its impact for children and commitment to communities most in need. This exciting growth has been realized, along with significant gains for each Jumpstart child, because of the dedicated service of thousands of Corps members working in America's most under-resourced communities. Together, they are collectively improving the lives of many more children each year. Our success this year is further bolstered by our new ability to increase awareness and engagement in Jumpstart’s mission of school readiness. Jumpstart’s Read for the Record campaign annually exceeds our goals to increase the public’s awareness. I urge you to join us and help make high-quality early education a reality for all of our children.

Programs
Description

The connection between children’s preparedness for kindergarten and their average household income is striking: children in low-income neighborhoods have been shown to start school 60 percent behind peers from more affluent communities. Children who start behind are more likely to stay behind and this gap only widens over time. To address this issue, Jumpstart partners with the University of Missouri - Kansas City to match caring college students, known as Corps members, with preschool-age children from low-income communities. Corps members deliver Jumpstart's research-based curriculum designed to help children develop the key language, literacy, and social skills necessary for success in kindergarten and beyond. Teams of 5-7 Corps members participate in twice-weekly, two-hour structured classroom sessions, and each Corps member spends additional time in their partner classrooms, improving the adult-to-child ratio and lending extra support to the teacher and children.

Category Education, General/Other Early Childhood Education
Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5), ,
Short-Term Success

Over the 2017-2018 program year (September 1, 2017 - August 31, 2018), Jumpstart will work to ensure kindergarten-readiness for young children from under-resourced communities in Kansas City. The organization will increase the language and literacy skills of 200 children, with at least 80% of children demonstrating gains in language, literacy, and social-emotional skills and at least 35% of children demonstrating an increase of at least one developmental level.

Long-Term Success

Jumpstart is fueled by a core belief: providing equal education opportunities to young children contributes to breaking the cycle of poverty. Jumpstart partners with leading universities, community organizations, and early education providers in pursuit of its mission. Jumpstart seeks to positively transform early education in Kansas City by enriching the learning experiences of preschool­-aged children, cultivating a high­-quality early education workforce, and inspiring public support and investment in high-­quality early learning. Ultimately, Jumpstart is working towards the day every child in Kansas City enters kindergarten prepared to succeed.

Program Success Monitored By

Jumpstart evaluates program success by administering pre- and post-intervention assessments each year that measure child gains and kindergarten readiness. This evaluation tool, called the Jumpstart School Success Checklist (JSSC), is a research-based assessment tool used by teachers to track developmental gains in their preschool students. The JSSC is derived from the High Scope Educational Research Foundation’s Preschool Child Observation Record, and is very closely aligned with the Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP) - a tool that is widely used in Kansas City and in Jumpstart's partner preschools. The JSSC is comprised of fifteen items from the COR that are directly related to Jumpstart’s priority of promoting oral language, early literacy, and social-emotional skills. All but one item on the JSSC has a counterpart on the DRDP.

Jumpstart analyzes data collected each year to assess the program's impact on children's development and ensure continuous improvement.

Examples of Program Success

Internal evaluations and external studies consistently find that Jumpstart children show learning gains that are greater than comparison children. During the 2015-2016 program year, 86% of children served by Jumpstart Kansas City demonstrated gains in language and literacy skills, as measured by the JSSC. Of the children making gains, nearly half (48%) showed substantive gains (i.e. gains of 1 point or more on the 5-point scale of the JSSC).

Description

Each Jumpstart Kansas City Corps member commits to serve 200-300 hours over the course of the program year. Corps members receive up to 45 hours of training topics such as child development, adult-child interactions, and classroom management, as well as training on Jumpstart's curriculum and best practices for implementation. Finally, Corps members receive training on leadership and active citizenship.

Corps members can further invest in their professional development by becoming a Jumpstart team leader or volunteer coordinator. Team leaders lead additional elements of session and manage team planning meetings. Team leaders are provided with specialized training in leading large groups, specific content, and language-rich activities. Volunteer coordinators are responsible for assisting in the recruitment, training, and management of additional volunteers (non-Corps members) to support short-term service opportunities and projects. 
Category Education, General/Other Early Childhood Education
Population Served Adults, ,
Short-Term Success

As Corps members provide their partner preschool teachers with tools, resources, and support over the course of the program year, they are also developing valuable workplace and leadership skills. The highly structured nature of the Jumpstart program instills time management, teamwork, and effective communication skills that are critical for success in Corps members' academic and professional careers. As a result of their Jumpstart service, Corps members increase their comprehension and adoption of key early childhood best practices in the areas of emergent literacy, language, and social development, and at least 70% will express interest in pursuing a career or higher degree in a field relevant to their Jumpstart service.

Long-Term Success

Research shows that students who participate in service graduate from college at a higher rate; furthermore, external research has shown that participation in Jumpstart builds collaboration and team work competencies, leadership skills, and open communication (Hecht, 2013).  In order to best prepare them for success delivering Jumpstart sessions, and for a career in education, Jumpstart Kansas City Corps members receive extensive training in early education, leadership, and community service. By intentionally providing the skills and resources necessary for success during their Jumpstart service and in the future, Jumpstart is working to develop a pipeline of passionate, well-trained future educators and early childhood education champions in under-resourced communities.

 

Program Success Monitored By

Jumpstart evaluates Corps member impact by administering the Corps Member Survey two times a year: before pre-service training in the fall and at post-service. The surveys collect information about Corps members’ demographic and academic backgrounds, future career and advanced degree plans, knowledge of early childhood best practices, workforce skills obtained, and satisfaction with the Jumpstart program. 

Examples of Program Success

Jumpstart evaluates the impact that the program has on Corps members through the Corps Member Survey that is administered both before and after their term of service. In prior years, Kansas City results have indicated that 29% of Corps members were so inspired by their service that they changed their majors or minors to education or a related human services field, and that 33% intend to teach at the early-childhood level upon graduation. In addition, 96% reported that Jumpstart gave them the skills and knowledge they need to be an effective citizen in their community. 

CEO Comments

Jumpstart’s proven program is based on best practices in early education and is then implemented by well-trained college students. Jumpstart’s program staff and research department stay abreast of the most effective early education practices and take extraordinary pride in the quality of the program. Many of Jumpstart's preschool partners are so impressed with the program that they incorporate some of its program components into the center’s regular preschool curriculum. Jumpstart also is a leader in measuring its effectiveness. Every child is evaluated at the beginning and end of their time with Jumpstart. Each site is also evaluated to ensure that program quality is consistent throughout the network. Jumpstart strives to continuously improve its program. Yearly evaluation of both the impact on children and Corps members informs regular programmatic improvements and curricular refinement.

Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Naila Bolus
Term Start Oct 2011
Experience

Naila joined Jumpstart in October 2011 after more than 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector. Previous to Jumpstart, Naila was Executive Director of Ploughshares Fund, the largest grant-making foundation in the United States dedicated exclusively to security and peace funding. At Ploughshares Fund, she transformed the organization from a small funder to a national, influential policy player, and helped lead an effort to win Senate ratification of the New START treaty in December 2010. She pioneered a model of “impact philanthropy” that leveraged the foundation’s convening power, grant-making and operational capacity. During her tenure, Naila led a successful $25 million endowment campaign, and tripled the foundation’s budget and staff. Prior to Ploughshares Fund, she served as co-director of 20/20 Vision, a grassroots organization that sought to promote democracy through helping members communicate with national decision makers. She also helped found the Women Legislators’ Lobby and served as the organization’s political director, successfully recruiting one third of female state legislators to lobby for environmental protection, human services and peace. Naila graduated from Tufts University in 1987 with a degree in International Relations and is delighted to be living in her home state of Massachusetts with her husband and three daughters after stints in Washington, DC, San Francisco, CA, and Charlottesville, VA.

Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Mr. James Cleveland Aug 2007 - June 2011
Mr. Rob Waldron Feb 2002 - Aug 2006
Senior Staff
Title Chief Development Officer
Title Chief Operating Officer
Title Chief Program Officer
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 127
Paid Part-Time Staff 2
Volunteers 4000
Paid Contractors 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Semi-Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Semi-Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Semi-Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Collaborations
Jumpstart partners with universities and preschools in order to operate a high quality program in Kansas City. Our collaborators include the University of Missouri – Kansas City and six preschools throughout Jackson County’s urban core: Emmanuel Family and Child Development Center, Metro Early Learning Center, Operation Breakthrough, Plaza de Niños, St. Mark’s Child and Family Development Center, and Thomas Roque Child and Family Development Center.
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
The Fast Company/Monitor Social Capitalist AwardsFast Company Magazine2004
The Fast Company/Monitor Social Capitalist AwardsFast Company Magazine2005
The Fast Company/Monitor Social Capitalist AwardsFast Company Magazine2006
The Fast Company/Monitor Social Capitalist AwardsFast Company Magazine2007
The Fast Company/Monitor Social Capitalist AwardsFast Company Magazine2008
The Directors Award Committee to Encourage Corporate Philanthropy (CECP)2005
Award for Campus-Community CollaborationThe Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Partnership2007
Halo AwardCause Marketing Forum2007
Halo AwardCause Marketing Forum2009
Neighborhood Builder AwardBank of America2008
Take Part / Members Project WinnerAmEx2010
Exemplar ProgramUniversity of Pennsylvania Center for High-Impact Philanthropy2014
Exemplar ProgramUniversity of Pennsylvania Center for High-Impact Philanthropy2015
Exemplar ProgramUniversity of Pennsylvania Center for High-Impact Philanthropy2016
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Chris Stadler
Company Affiliation CVC Capital Partners
Term Sept 2007 to Aug 2017
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Lori E. Almon Seyfarth Shaw Attorneys, LLP
Yendelela Neely Anderson AT&T Services, Inc.
Nigel Barker Media Personality & Photographer
Stephanie Blank GEEARS (Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students)
Grady Burnett Venture Capitalist
James Cole, Jr. Former US Cabinet-level Delegated Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer
Thomas Connolly Goldman Sachs
Josh Duhamel Actor
Tamara Dunn, MD Stanford University School of Medicine
David Humphrey Bain Capital
Jackie Jenkins-Scott JJS Advising
Greg Johnson Franklin Resources, Inc.
David Lissy Bright Horizons Family Solutions
Elizabeth Marcellino Writer & Journalist
Jennifer K. Marrus Consultant
Kim L. Mitchell Organizational Development and Philanthropy Executive
Bridget Moynahan Actress
Mark Polebaum MFS Investment Management
Chris Stadler CVC Capital Partners
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 5
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 1
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 10
Female 9
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 85%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 0%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Executive
Finance
Program / Program Planning
Nominating
CEO Comments

Jumpstart's National Board of Directors consists of 20 members, including the Chairs of all five of Jumpstart's Local Advisory Boards. The National Board meet four times per year, and appoints a Chairperson who ensures high Board performance, shapes Jumpstart's strategic planning, operations and growth, and approves annual operational priorities, performance standards, revenue and expenditure levels. The Board also monitors programmatic and fiscal performance, establishes committees, and reviews the performance of Jumpstart's President and CEO. Jumpstart's Executive Team consists of 4 senior leaders who meet weekly to review Jumpstart's progress toward goals and ensure efficient operation of all seven Jumpstart offices across the country. The full operating management team consists of all vice presidents and national department heads. Periodic management retreats gather all Jumpstart managers for professional trainings and strategic planning. Jumpstart is dedicated to developing talent and hiring high-quality employees to manage its programs.

Financials
Fiscal Year Start Sept 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Aug 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $24,970,022
Projected Expenses $24,970,022
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 8/31/2015, 2014: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • FYE 8/31/2013: Financial data reported using the organization's audited financial statements.  
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals. 
Detailed Financials
 
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$8,594,737$7,775,039$6,472,476
Government Contributions$7,413,590$7,558,510$7,271,284
Federal----$0
State----$0
Local----$0
Unspecified$7,413,590$7,558,510$7,271,284
Individual Contributions----$3,201,170
$0$0$0
$0$0$0
Investment Income, Net of Losses$0$8$0
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$1,666,612$1,815,067$0
Revenue In-Kind$229,481$518,827$2,417,567
Other$33,088$65,216$14,837
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$12,661,697$14,107,586$17,507,266
Administration Expense$1,794,005$1,419,309$1,393,734
Fundraising Expense$1,624,893$1,315,272$2,444,449
Payments to Affiliates----$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.121.050.91
Program Expense/Total Expenses79%84%82%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue9%8%14%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$8,739,434$7,388,922$6,293,479
Current Assets$8,593,581$7,220,242$5,879,469
Long-Term Liabilities$1,367,815$2,063,811$46,412
Current Liabilities$807,705$618,110$2,430,566
Total Net Assets$6,563,914$4,707,001$3,816,501
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities10.6411.682.42
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets16%28%1%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Campaign Purpose Jumpstart is in the very early stages of considering a capital campaign, but does not have any details to share at this time.
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Organization Name Jumpstart for Young Children Inc.
Address Jumpstart Kansas City at University of Missouri - Kansas City
4825 Troost Avenue, Suite 215
Kansas City, MO 64110
Primary Phone (816) 235-1003
Contact Email katie.dick@jstart.org
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Naila Bolus
Board Chair Mr. Chris Stadler
Board Chair Company Affiliation CVC Capital Partners
Year of Incorporation 1993