University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

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Jumpstart Eau Claire to Receive $100,000

 MAILED:  Nov. 23, 2004

UW-Eau Claire's Jumpstart Eau Claire program learned Monday that it has been awarded a $100,000 appropriation by the U.S. House Appropriations bill through the efforts of Wisconsin Congressmen Herb Kohl and Ron Kind.

UW-Eau Claire's Jumpstart Eau Claire program recruits, trains and supervises college students to work with early childhood programs, including Head Start, in low-income neighborhoods to provide one-to-one attention to young children struggling in preschool.

During the school year, university students are trained, and then hold twice-weekly, structured classroom sessions at preschools (including Head Start centers). They also spend additional time in classrooms supporting teachers and students. During Jumpstart Summer, students team-teach full-time with mentor teachers.

During the 2002-03 school year, 40 university students provided 36 children individual Jumpstart sessions and assisted 260 children in centers served by Jumpstart.

Nationally, at the end of the school year, the Jumpstart children evaluated were found to make a 17 percent greater gain in language and literacy skills over the course of the school year compared with children not enrolled in the program.

The $100,000 will be used to expand Jumpstart Eau Claire to serve additional children, to expand the program to new parts of Wisconsin, to train parents of pre-school children in pre-literacy methods, and to recruit and prepare Jumpstart members to become Head Start teachers after college.

For details about the Jumpstart program, contact Donna Lehmkuhl, the Jumpstart Eau Claire site manager, at (715) 836-6011 or lehmkud@uwec.edu. The Jumpstart Eau Claire office is in Room 119 of the Campus School building on lower campus.


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Updated: December 28, 2004