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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Jumpstart is a federally-funded national early education organization that supports Egan to work in preschools to ensure every child in American enters Kindergarten prepared to succeed. Egan Jumpstart members are trained to provide language, literacy and social-emotional programming for preschool children from under-resourced communities, and to promote quality early learning for all children. We have the unique opportunity to inspire young children to learn, serve in a local community, collaborate with others on a team, and build professional skills. All Egan Jumpstart members receive high-quality training to help them implement Jumpstart’s outcome-based program, promote children’s school success and build family involvement.​

Jumpstart Team

elizabeth carrillo

As a graduate assistant, Elizabeth support the Jumpstart Site Manager with hiring, trainings, and documenting data. She work closely with Program Assistants with curriculum modifications, and support Corps Members in their implementation of the program. 

Elizabeth is experienced in the school setting as she was previously a Jumpstart Corps Member and Program Assistant at DePaul. Elizabeth has been involved with research focused on teaching youth in CPS skills to cope with depression and life stressors through both group therapy and mentorship. 

Currently Elizabeth is in the School Counseling Masters Program and aspires to be a culturally responsive school counselor in the city of Chicago.

Caro Carrillo

Carolina works with her team to ensure that the Team Leaders and Corps Members have the materials they need to successfully implement sessions in the classrooms. Together with her team,Carolina reviews the curriculum and makes adjustment to make the materials culturally relevant to the communities Jumpstart work with.

Before working as a Program Assistant, Carolina was a Corps Member and worked directly in the classrooms. She is majoring in Accounting with minors in Finance and Chicago Studies, and hopes to work with more nonprofit organizations in the future.

Cynthia Flores

As a Team Leader Cynthia serves as a mentor to preschool children residing in under-resourced communities and leads 4-6 peers to provide developmentally appropriate educational activities, with a focus on language and literacy, to young children. Cythia has always had younger cousins and siblings who she took take care of, so being a part of Jumpstart seemed like a perfect role for her.

Cythia's role in Jumpstart led her to discover her passion for early childhood education. Her future career plans include getting her bachelor's in Early Childhood Education and becoming a positive influence in children and their families lives.



Jumpstart Sites

​​ ​​Jumpstart Corps members implement the Jumpstart curriculum in preschool classrooms across the country and serve as an aid to teachers. Corps members serve on a team with 5-7 peers and work directly with a local Jumpstart staff member on training, session planning, service opportunities, and more.​ A typical Jumpstart session follows this routine: Welcome, Reading, Circle Time, Center Time, Let’s Find Out About It, and Sharing and Goodbye. ​​​

For inquiries regarding Jumpstart, please contact​ Site Manager Jeanette Estrada