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Dr. Joyce Munsch, Contributing Author
Read for the Record is Jumpstart’s campaign to bring children and adults together to read the same book, on the same day, in homes and communities all over the world. Jumpstart set the Guinness World record in 2006 with a mass-reading of The Little Engine That Could and have outdone themselves every year since. Last year The Very Hungry Caterpillar was read to 2,019,752 children worldwide.
On October 7th 2010, Jumpstart will attempt to break the record again with the 5th Jumpstart Read for the Record event.
Jumpstart is a national program focused on building early literacy and school readiness skills for low-income children. The Jumpstart network stretches from coast to coast and includes 60 colleges and universities. At each site, students are hired, trained and supervised by Jumpstart as they work in preschool classrooms.
At CSUN, Jumpstart programs have been thriving since 2002 and Jumpstart has trained over 300 students to work with hundreds of young children in Head Start programs in our community. Most participating CSUN students have provided 300 hours of service each in these classrooms.
Since its inception, Jumpstart has carefully evaluated and documented the success of its program model, and between entrance into Head Start in fall and exit in spring, children in classrooms with Jumpstart corps members show a 25% to 29% greater gain in reading skill over children from the same preschools without Jumpstart or other preschools in the same neighborhoods in the areas of language, literacy, initiative, and social relations skills. (The children’s progress is measured by the School Success Checklist, a modified version of the HighScope Educational Research Foundation Preschool Child Observation Record.)
If you are interested in donating a book, $10 will buy one book and also support the Jumpstart Northridge program.