We were instrumental in the expansion of Jumpstart, a national early literacy program that trains and places Americorps college students in classrooms of low-income pre-school children. Jumpstart has demonstrated strong results in early vocabulary and literacy skills. In addition, it offers a training experience for the college students, many of whom enter education or education-related fields. We convened two funder information sessions on Jumpstart in collaboration with the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy. These efforts led to the creation of the New Britain Jumpstart program, operated in conjunction with CCSU; the expansion of the Willimantic program to include ECSU; and further support of the New Haven program with SCSU.