Jumpstart FSU

By: Sarah Grady
By: Sarah Grady

On Friday Tallahassee will become the first city in the south to host a "super-site" for Jumpstart, the national program chose the capital city because of its effort to encourage early literacy.

Since 2001, FSU students have been spending one on one time with preschoolers. While beneficial to kids, it's also helped college students find their passion.

Site manager Jackie Castro says, "One of the things they gain from it is not only experience in the field, but awareness of what the child issues are in our centers, especially in the low income families, and many of them end up changing their majors to something child related."

As a "super-site", the number of FSU students will double from 40 to 80. Castro says as a result of this program, she's seen children go from quiet and uninvolved to outgoing and eager to participate.


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