Joining thenetwork of missions arising out of the Church of the Saviour in the Adams-Morganarea of Washington, Jubilee JumpStart will provide a community of love andencouragement for infants, toddlers and preschool children in partnership withtheir parents in Jubilee Housing and its neighborhood. By fostering secure,stable nurturing relationships with their parents and teachers and offering richopportunities to learn and grow, we will enable our children to delight in theirchildhood, to prepare to flourish in school, and so to fill up with love andtalent that they will serve as constructive leaders in later life.
We will serve 46children in full-day activity and offer night and weekend care for childrenwhose parents must work during those hours. Because social and economicdiversity will strengthen the program’s impact, up to 11 of our children willcome from full-paying families.
JumpStart’s programwill focus on two key research findings that reflect our concern for ourchildren as beloved of God: (1) that consistent nurturing relationships with oneor a few caregivers are the most crucial foundation for both the intellectualand the social growth of children, and (2) that a carefully structuredcurriculum that begins in infancy and continues up to kindergarten has adramatic impact on the capacity of a child to perform well in school and livewell in later life.
Toprovide this critical foundation, JumpStart will
- Work with its children in small groups with a high ratioof caregiver to child that exceeds District of Columbia requirements, to allowfor close nurturing relationships.
- Have a lead caregiver with a college degree in earlychildhood in each group and seek other teachers with at least 2 years of collegewho are pursuing such a degree, to ensure an understanding of children’s needand appropriate ways to respond to them.
- Provide ample pay and benefits, an appealingenvironment, and a strong system of psychological training and support toencourage staff to remain with the program and provide stable core relationshipsfor the children.
- Accept District of Columbia childcare subsidies tosupport the participation of low-income families.
- Structure relationships among teachers and parents orguardians to ensure consistency of care at JumpStart and athome.
- Provide intensive support for parents through homevisits, parenting training, and support groups.
- Draw from curricula recommended for the Early Head Startand Head Start programs that longitudinal studies have shown to make a markedimprovement in the social, academic, and work success of at-riskchildren.
- Structure a program for each child that fits the child’sunique growth process and addresses any developmentalchallenges.
- Serve its children and parents with empathy andcompassion and provide experiences that encourage their own empathy andcompassion.
Insupport of this mission, the Washington Center forPsychoanalysis will provide a rare depth of insight and assistance toJumpStart’s caregiver/teachers, home visitors, parents and children in buildingand sustaining secure nurturing relationships, through individual and group meetings and in-depthassistance for families needing special attention.
Space for Jubilee JumpStart will be createdin Jubilee Housing’s Ontario Court building in time for operations to begin inthe fall of 2008.
For moreinformation, contact Joe Collier, Jubilee JumpStart, P.O. Box 21097, Washington,DC 20009, 703-927-2919 (mobile), email@example.com or check ourdeveloping website at www.jubileejumpstart.org.