Jumpstart Manager Reads to Preschoolers Remotely During COVID-19
Alone in an empty room, Lisa Gozbekian takes a deep breath, opens her book, and starts to read.
“‘I’m jumping off the diving board today,’ Jabari told his dad.”
Normally, there would be an audience of excited preschoolers sitting in front of Gozbekian, listening to her read the picture book, “Jabari Jumps” by Gaia Cornwall. Instead, Gozbekian is recording herself reading for a video for Jumpstart, an organization that teaches literacy and social skills to preschoolers from under-resourced communities. The goal is to ensure that every child enters kindergarten on an even playing field.
When schools closed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, kids and parents had to look elsewhere for education resources, and Gozbekian and Jumpstart have been working to provide them.