WISH LIST: $100: art supplies for infants and toddler; $500: dramatic play items to stir children’s imaginations; $1000: 2 months of high-quality pre-school for 1 child
Most children get a little nervous on the first day of school; but for low-income kids whose parents work long hours in service sector jobs, the fears are not without grounds. In Adams Morgan, 34% of children under five live in poverty and they begin kindergarten far less prepared, academically and emotionally, than their peers. Jubilee JumpStart gives them an extra boost. Nestled in the heart of Adams Morgan, the JumpStart center offers affordable, high-quality childcare in a bilingual environment. A low student-teacher ratio ensures plenty of personal attention and teachers chart each child’s progress with pictures, reports, and work samples. Through a partnership with the Washington Center for Psychoanalysis, JumpStart parents learn to understand and meet their children’s unique needs; and for those who work long hours, the center is open from 7 AM until 6 PM. Graduates have no reason to fear the first day of school and 20% of their parents have been inspired to start school again themselves. JumpStart truly helps families move beyond poverty — two generations at a time.
Dee Dee Parker Wright
2525 Ontario Road NW, Suite B
Washington, DC 20009