Boston-based early education organization Jumpstart has announced a ten-year, $5 million gift from its former CEO Rob Waldron and his wife, Jennifer, to help the organization promote educational equity and ensure that every child has the opportunity to succeed.
Administered by the Boston Foundation, the largest gift in the organization's history will enable it to continue to use trained college students as volunteers in preschool classrooms in low-income communities, where they work with children on the key skills they need to succeed in kindergarten. The program is focused on improving the adult-child ratio in the classroom and supporting preschool teachers by providing more personalized attention to children in those classrooms.
For the past decade, Rob Waldron has served as CEO of K-12 education publisher Curriculum Associates. In 2016, he gave a majority of the company’s shares to charity. He formerly served as CEO of the K12 Tutoring Division of Kaplan Education. In addition to her longtime involvement with Jumpstart as a volunteer and board member, Jennifer Waldron worked for uAspire, an organization that supports equity in college affordability.
"The Waldrons' extraordinary gift allows us to keep our eyes on the future," said Jumpstart president and CEO Naila Bolus. "Our aim now is to scale Jumpstart's impact — to reach exponentially more children through innovative models of program delivery, to shape the early education workforce by inspiring future educators and supporting existing teachers, and to drive policy changes to ensure that high-quality early education is available to all children."