Community Engagement - Jumpstart

Community Engagement



Jumpstart is a national organization dedicated to serving preschool children in low-income neighborhoods. Jumpstart recruits and trains college and university students and community members who utilize a proven curriculum to help children develop the language and literacy skills needed to be ready for kindergarten. This focus sets them on a path to close the achievement gap.

In the 2016-2017 academic year, at Central Connecticut State University, 94% of children in the evaluation sample made gains on the Jumpstart School Success Checklist. (JSSC) The JSSC is used to measure what pre-school children are learning before and after participating in Jumpstart.

Contact Information

Contact: Monica Stellmacher (Site Manager)


Program Site Supervisor
(860) 832-2268

Office Location

CCSU ITBD Building, Downtown Campus
185 Main St, Suite 103 02
New Britain, CT. 06051

Please note: Office is located on the ground floor of the building across from the Office of Community Engagement.

For more information and to apply, visit

How does the Jumpstart Program Work?

Jumpstart has a site at CCSU through the Office of Community Engagement. Jumpstart Corps members are trained through Community Engagement’s Site Manager and work in local preschools in New Britain. Students work in teams with other CCSU students and read books, sing songs, and play games with the preschool children. Corps members earn $1,230 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award with completion of the program. Students who have federal work study can earn it through the program, but students are not required to have work study to be Corps members.

What are the requirements for me to be able to serve as a Corps member?

Corps members must be:

  • CCSU Students (part or full time)

  • Available two days per week during ONE of the offered sessions

What is the Corps Member time commitment and schedule?

Corps members must serve approximately 12 hours per week in local early childhood centers. Corps members currently work in both the fall and spring semesters. They must complete 300 hours of work during the academic year to receive the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award.
Students work ONE of two offered sessions during the semester:

Mondays & Wednesdays: 9 am-12 pm
Tuesdays & Thursdays: 9 am-12pm

For more information, please visit or email Site Manager, Monica Stellmacher at