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NOW HIRING for the 2022-2023 School Year!

30 Offsite-Student employee spots available. Open to all majors!

Jumpstart is a national early education organization that recruits and trains college students to work with preschool children in low-income neighborhoods. Through a proven curriculum, these children develop the language and literacy skills they need to be ready for school, setting them on a path to close the achievement gap. Join our Sac State team to work towards the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed.

The Jumpstart program operates out of the Community Engagement Center.

Commitment is for two semesters.

Participation in Jumpstart requires 300 hours, approximately 10 hours per week.


  • $1,300 education award from AmeriCorps that can be used to pay down student loans and/or for graduate school
  • 1-3 units of course credit through an academic internship
  • Up to $4,500 compensation through Federal Work-Study, if eligible.
    Note: If you’re not eligible for work-study, you may be able to receive a financial stipend
Apply for Jumpstart!

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  • Join a team of Sac State peers.
  • Extensive training in the field of early childhood education.
  • Unique opportunity to join a national network of individuals serving young children.
  • Invaluable opportunity to make a difference in the lives of young children.
  • Add Jumpstart experience to your resume.
  • Develop leadership skills

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Jumpstart Manager: Rachelle Davis

rachelle-davis.jpgRachelle Davis comes to Sacramento State, Community Engagement Center with 14+ years of early childhood education (ECE) experience. She earned her Master's in ECE, Organizational Leadership and Management at Pacific Oaks College.

Previously, Rachelle was the Owner/Director of A Tree of Life Nature Playschool, an emergent anti-bias early learning program - the only Nature Explore Certified program in Sacramento. She has worked as an assistant adjunct faculty at Los Rios Community College and is a certified mentor teacher with the California Early Childhood Mentor Program.

Rachelle also serves as a consultant providing diversity, equity, and inclusion professional development for school districts. Her current Leadership is demonstrated as she serves on the Sacramento Local Planning Council, partnering with other leaders in the ECE field to advocate for equity at the state level. Rachelle is a social justice advocate for anti-bias education with an asset-based approach to educational leadership.

Jumpstart Student Assistant : Giselle Moreno

Giselle Moreno

Giselle Moreno is a Graduate Student Assistant in the the Jumpstart Program. She is currently in the College of Education at Sacramento State pursuing an Education Specialist Degree in School Psychology.

Before coming to Sacramento State, she obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Education from the University of California, Riverside. She demonstrates a commitment towards social justice oriented praxis and educational equity. Giselle has a passion for uplifting students and community members.