Jumpstart Announces Research Grant Competition

By , January 23, 2012 11:49 am

If you are a graduate student in the areas of Education, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Public Administration, or any other discipline centered around human development and are looking to partner with an agency to design a research study, this opportunity is for you!

The competition provides small grants, ranging from $7,500 to $10,000, for promising research that addresses significant questions on the processes and impact of Jumpstart.  The intent of the Research Grant Competition is to provide researchers with the opportunity to investigate the influence of Jumpstart on the lives of young children who live in low-income and high-stress communities and the adult volunteers who implement the Jumpstart program.  Researchers must submit proposals by Feb. 20, 2012. Up to three grants will be awarded this year.  For questions about the research grant competition, please send an email to Jumpstart.

Jumpstart at UMKC looks forward to cooperating with potential research studies, particularly those focused on Priority Research Area #4 — the impact of participation in Jumpstart to Corps members — as outlined in the guidelines for the grant competition

Keep reading for more information about the Jumpstart program:

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 and literacy skills they need for school, setting them on a path to close the achievement gap before it is too late. Since 1993, Jumpstart has trained nearly 25,000 college students and community volunteers to deliver its program to more than 100,000 preschool children nationwide. Jumpstart established a Kansas City site at UMKC in 2001.  Since that time, Jumpstart Kansas City at UMKC has recruited nearly 550 student Corps Members to serve over 162,000 hours in Kansas City.  These students have received a total of almost $50,000 in scholarships through Jumpstart Kansas City’s partnership with AmeriCorps.  This year alone, Jumpstart Kansas City  is serving over 180 students through its 2-hour supplemental educational intervention sessions and an additional 300 children through classroom assistance. Together with college students, Jumpstart is working toward the day every child in America enters school prepared to succeed. Learn more by visiting their website.

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