Working Towards the Day Every Child Enters Kindergarten Prepared to Succeed

Each year, 1,300 college student volunteers deliver Jumpstart’s proven programming to 3,500 local children from underserved communities. These caring, passionate volunteers dedicate hundreds of hours of service to helping preschool children develop the critical skills they need to enter kindergarten ready to succeed. 

College Student Volunteer,
Jean Franco Molina:
My Jumpstart Story

Questions with Author James Preller

James Preller is the author of several acclaimed standalone novels including Blood Mountain, Better Off Undead, The Courage Test, The Fall, Bystander, and Six Innings, as well as the Jigsaw Jones and Scary Tales chapter book series and the upcoming picture book All Welcome Here. He lives in Delmar, New York, with his family.

20 Questions with Author 
Alyson Richman

Alyson Richman is the #1 international bestselling author of seven novels including The Secret of Clouds, The Velvet HoursThe Garden of Letters, and The Lost Wife. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and a former Thomas J. Watson Fellow.  Her novels have been published in twenty languages and have been bestsellers in several countries.  “The Lost Wife” is currently in development to be a major motion picture. 

Painting with children's author and illustrator, Mika Song

Mika Song is a children’s author/illustrator who makes stories about sweetly funny outsiders. Fresh into picture books after working in animation for several years, she received the Portfolio Award from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Since then she’s had the opportunity to illustrate her own books as well as other authors. A Friend for Henry by Jenn Bailey and illustrated by Song received the Schneider Family Honor from the American Library Association in 2020. Love, Sophia on the Moon was released in March 2020.

A Special Thank You to the Scribbles Host Committee

Milena Alberti-Perez
Lorie Almon & Mitch Bompey
Dale V. Atkins & Robert Rosen
Laura & Sharyar Aziz
Cristen & Nigel Barker
April Bedford
Hillary Blumberg
Kaija & Peter Braus
James Cole, Jr.
Thomas Connolly
Laura Dail
Lucy Green & Mark Flannery
Ali & David Kamin
Alice Kim
Allegra Kochman
Kathy & Jay Lathen
Kellie & Jeff Lerner
Michael Levine
Jennifer & Andrew Marrus
Lauren & Michael Marrus
Cynthia Mitchell
Kim Mitchell
Kelsey Nason
Katie & Mark Pinho
Krisztina & Brian Rivel
Deb Shapiro
Megan Sheetz
Loretta & Chris Stadler
Erica Swainson
Anne Turner & Alan Riffkin

 Thank You to Our Corporate Sponsors

Scribbles to Novels brings together our Jumpstart community to honor the importance of early literacy and the ways in which access to high-quality early education is a powerful life-changer.

Our work is more important than ever now that more than a million students in the region will remain out of school this year.  We know that the long-term impacts of learning loss due to COVID-19 will be exacerbated for our most vulnerable children. Those hit hardest by this extended out-of-school time means the opportunity gap is widening among the local preschool children we serve each yearYour participation will ensure early literacy and education equity work remains possible during this unprecedented time.