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Jumpstart Needs Your Help

Kathryn Young Thompson

Jumpstart is a program that works to ensure that every child starts school prepared to succeed, promoting equality in education.  With the current budget resolution that has passed the House and is being considered in the Senate, funding would be eliminated from AmeriCorps, the group that funds Jumpstart and other organizations.

The proposed budget cuts would devastate Jumpstart, a program that has trained more than 20,000 caring adults to serve 90,000 preschool children since 1993.

From the Jumpstart website:

Every child deserves the chance to succeed, yet studies show that children from low-income neighborhoods are at a greater risk of school failure. Jumpstart is a national early education organization that helps these children develop the language, literacy, and social skills they need to be successful in school, setting them on a path to close the achievement gap before it is too late.

Here's how you can get involved to encourage your senators to veto these cuts:

The National Women’s Law Center has information on the cuts and an easy way to send a message to your senators. 

Jumpstart has information on how you can successfully and eloquently express your concerns and an e-card you can send to friends and personal networks asking for their support. 

The reality is that things will be cut when this budget is finalized.  If you want to save the programs you care about, you need to stand up and let your voice be heard.

Kathryn Thompson is a mom to two school-aged kids, a toddler, and a deceased betta fish. She can also be found at The Parenting Post, and occasionally the gym.

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