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    What is JUMP START?

    Jump Start is a FREE week-long experience for Kindergartners to learn about school. Children will become familiar with their new school building, staff, typical school day activities and practices. Their parents/guardians will be able to meet with the school principal and ask questions about school. Teachers start to build relationships with students and observe their skills and strengths. Read about signs of a successful transition to Kindergarten.

    Jump Start aims to help young children:

    • Experience joyful learning
    • Learn school readiness behaviors
    • Become more comfortable with the school environment

    When and Where is JUMP START?

    Jump Start takes place each morning the week of August 21-25 at 57 participating schools. All students assigned to participating schools are invited to attend!

    • Jump Start will run for 5 consecutive half-days (9 a.m. - 12 p.m.)
    • A parent/guardian meeting with the school principal is scheduled during the week
    • Bilingual staff will assist children who are English-language learners
    • Extra support is offered for children with special needs 
    • Some schools will offer snacks and lunch
    • No transportation is provided, so families need to drop off and pick up children each day

    How do we register for JUMP START?

    Mail your completed  Jump Start registration and health form to the school to which your child is assigned. (Find your school's address under "Schools" tab).  OR you can email it to: 

    View the short videos below to hear what students, parents and teachers say about Jump Start at Stevens Elementary and Dearborn Park International School.

    Stevens Elementary Jump Start Video

    Dearborn Park International Jump Start Video

    Important Dates

    • Aug. 21-25, 2017
      Jump Start  9-12 daily
    • Sept. 6-8, 2017
      Family Connections  Each family meets with their Kindergarten teacher
    • Sept. 11, 2017  
      First day of school for Kindergarten students (grades 1 through 12 will start school on Sept. 6)

    Jump Start Forms for families

    Jump Start Flyer

    Jump Start Registration and Health Form
    Send completed form to

    If your child needs meds at school: