Most children get a little nervous on the first day of school; but for low-income kids whose parents work long hours in service sector jobs, the fears are not without grounds. In Adams Morgan, 34% of children under five live in poverty and they begin kindergarten far less prepared, academically and emotionally, than their peers. Jubilee JumpStart gives them an extra boost. Nestled in the heart of Adams Morgan, its center offers affordable, high-quality early childhood education in a dual language environment. A low student-teacher ratio ensures personal attention and teachers chart each child’s progress with pictures, reports, and work samples. Through a partnership with the Washington Center for Psychoanalysis, parents learn to understand and meet their children’s needs; and for those who work long hours, the center is open from 7:30am until 6pm. Graduates have no reason to fear the first day of school and 20% of their parents have been inspired to start school again themselves. Jubilee JumpStart truly helps families move beyond poverty — two generations at a time.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 1

Where They Operate: DC-Ward 1; Adams Morgan, with some participant families living in the surrounding Columbia Heights and Mount Pleasant neighborhoods.

Age Groups Served: Infants (0-2); Pre-K (3-4)

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic

Population(s) Served: All; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members

Awards & Recognition

We are one of three AbecedaCreative Curriculum model centers in North America - honor effective August 2009.
We earned NAEYC accreditation in March 2014.


  • Centro necesita el apoyo de comunidad
    Fri Oct 22 2010, Washington Hispanic  
    A remodeled basement serves as a refuge for 50 children in an exemplary program. Jubilee JumpStart, located in Adams Morgan (translation)

Budget (FY2013)

  • $3 million or higher
  • The current budget for Jubilee JumpStart is: $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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