How do I apply?
Interested UW Undergraduates can apply by completing the online application at https://application.jstart.org/ We also have paper applications available upon request. After you apply, you can expect a response from us within 48 hours. The position is Corps Member.
What are the requirements for becoming a Corps member?
Undergraduates receive extensive training in the field of early childhood education, so previous experience is not required. The qualifications are: dedication to early childhood education, a commitment to service, and professionalism. All Undergraduates are asked to commit to Jumpstart for the entire academic year.
What is the time commitment?
Undergraduates work about 8-12 hours per week, and complete 300 hours over the course of the academic year. This time includes Training, Sessions, Classroom Assistance Time, Team Planning Meetings, and Events. Undergraduates are not expected to work during finals week or any breaks, but can earn hours doing Classroom Assistance Time. To learn more about the time commitment, visit What do Corps members do?
Do session times stay the same throughout the year?
Only session times remain the same throughout the year. For example, if you want to have an 8:30-10:30am Monday/Wednesday session time for the Fall quarter, we ask that you schedule your winter and spring quarter classes so that you can attend session during that same time. We do this so that undergraduates can remain in the same class and can work with the same children throughout the year. This model provides a better experience for undergraduates and children who participate in Jumpstart. Worried about scheduling issues? Contact Us
What happens if my schedule changes unexpectedly?
We make every effort to work with undergraduates around scheduling issues. If your schedule changes unexpectedly, you should contact us as soon as possible so we can discuss your options.
Where are the preschools?
Jumpstart collaborates with local preschools throughout Seattle, mostly in Central and South Seattle neighborhoods. In the 2013 – 2014 academic year, we partnered with schools located in the following neighborhoods.
- West Seattle: 5405 Delridge Way SW, Seattle, WA 98106
- Columbia City: 3700 South Genesee Street Seattle, WA 98118
- International District: 801 South Lane Street Seattle, WA 98104
- Beacon Hill: 3327 Beacon Avenue South Seattle, WA 98144
- Redmond: 16601 NE 80th Street, Redmond, WA 98052
How do we get to the preschools?
All of our preschools are accessible by bus, and most of our teams either carpool to the preschools or take the bus together. You can find bus schedules and door to door instructions by using the Metro Online Trip Planner.
Do I get to choose where I work?
We make every effort to place undergraduates on teams based on their preferences, however scheduling and team size usually determine where people are placed. If you have a site or team preference, please let us know.
Can I earn academic credit through Jumpstart?
Yes! In the Winter Quarter we offer all Corps members a seminar on early childhood education and is designed to focus on undergraduates’ experiences in the classroom. In the past, students have also earned credit through General Studies 350 and have used Jumpstart as a service placement for various departmental requirements, including the Early Childhood Family Studies and Social Work majors. For more information on earning credit with Jumpstart or using it as a service placement, Contact Us.
How do I find out if I have Work Study?
Students who filled out the FAFSA and indicated they were interested in Work Study should have already received an award letter from the Office of Student Financial Aid. If you still are not sure, you should contact the Work Study Office in 520 Schmitz Hall or call 206-685-1985. Let them know that you are interested in doing Jumpstart. If you are eligible for work study they will give you a “Job Referral Form”, which you turn into us when you decide to join Jumpstart.
What if I am not eligible for Work Study?
Jumpstart accepts students who are not work study eligible as volunteers. Those students enjoy all the normal benefits, including academic credit and a $1132 scholarship (for completing 300 hours). Volunteers have to complete the same amount of hours and are required to attend all the sessions, training, team planning meetings, classroom assistance time, and events as work study students.
What if I cannot make the time commitment for this year?
If you are interested but do not think you can make the commitment for the year, Email so we can discuss your situation. We also have events and other ways that students can get involved with Jumpstart. For more information, visit Volunteer Events.