Partner Type

Education, Children & Youth

Description and Mission

Jumpstart provides language, literacy, and social-emotional programming for preschool children from under-resourced communities and promotes quality early learning for all to ensure every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed. Specifically, our Jumpstart tutors educate 3-5 year-olds in local preschools. Go to jstart.org for more information about our national organization.


Students attend training as classroom assistants and then are placed in early childhood education centers in Columbia. Opportunities to serve in low-income community preschools, as well as Columbia Public School Title I preschools are available.

Special emphasis and skills:

Child Enrichment Activities, Math Proficiency, Reading Proficiency, ESL Literacy, Cultural & Social Assimilation, Early Childhood Emphasis

Contact Information:

Tori Simons & Nikki Pearl

201G Student Success Center
Columbia, MO 65211
Phone: 660-553-1003(Tori)
Phone 2:314-498-1426(Nikki)



How to Serve

I want to earn credit for service (through service-learning)

In order to earn credit while serving on this project, please contact the MU Office of Service Learning online by submitting this form or calling us at 573.882.0227.

I want to volunteer

If you want to volunteer with this agency, please contact them directly through the contact information listed above.