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Washington Center for Psychoanalysis

Joining the network of missions arising out of the Church of the Saviour in the Adams-Morgan area of Washington, Jubilee JumpStart will provide a community of love and encouragement for infants, toddlers and preschool children in partnership with their parents in Jubilee Housing and its neighborhood. By fostering secure, stable nurturing relationships with their parents and teachers and offering rich opportunities to learn and grow, we will enable our children to delight in their childhood, to prepare to flourish in school, and so to fill up with love and talent that they will serve as constructive leaders in later life.

We will serve 46 children in full-day activity and offer night and weekend care for children whose parents must work during those hours. Because social and economic diversity will strengthen the program’s impact, up to 11 of our children will come from full-paying families.

JumpStart’s program will focus on two key research findings that reflect our concern for our children as beloved of God: (1) that consistent nurturing relationships with one or a few caregivers are the most crucial foundation for both the intellectual and the social growth of children, and (2) that a carefully structured curriculum that begins in infancy and continues up to kindergarten has a dramatic impact on the capacity of a child to perform well in school and live well in later life.

To provide this critical foundation, JumpStart will

In support of this mission, the Washington Center for Psychoanalysis will provide a rare depth of insight and assistance to JumpStart’s caregiver/teachers, home visitors, parents and children in building and sustaining secure nurturing relationships, through individual and group meetings and in-depth assistance for families needing special attention.

Space for Jubilee JumpStart will be created in Jubilee Housing’s Ontario Court building in time for operations to begin in the fall of 2008.

For more information, contact Joe Collier, Jubilee JumpStart, P.O. Box 21097, Washington, DC 20009, 703-927-2919 (mobile), joecollier1@verizon.net or check our developing website at www.jubileejumpstart.org.