MarcoPolo Learning and Jumpstart Team Up to Make STEAM Education Accessible to Preschoolers Nationwide

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A Partnership Designed to Support Young Families and Spark a Love of Learning

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MarcoPolo Learning offers quality STEAM + Literacy digital learning experiences for children ages 3-7. Their mission is to provide young children worldwide with knowledge about the world around them in a way that nurtures their natural curiosity and teaches foundational skills playfully. For this reason, they are proud to partner with Jumpstart to provide free access to thousands of children nationwide.

Jumpstart, a national early education organization, serves approximately 15,000 children each year. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Jumpstart has worked to provide critical resources and tools to underserved families/caregivers and early learners across a range of digital platforms. “Our current focus is on mitigating the impact of learning loss from this extended out-of-school time and supporting our most vulnerable learners who are most likely to be significantly impacted,” said Jumpstart CEO Naila Bolus.

Dr. Nermeen Dashoush, a Clinical Assistant Professor of Early Childhood at Boston University and the chief curriculum creator for MarcoPolo Learning, also serves as the university partner for Jumpstart. “We saw hundreds of preschools closing due to COVID-19. This left thousands of Jumpstart children without access to consistent instruction. Teachers nationwide are doing their best to support their children. We want to provide children with a digital learning tool designed by early childhood educators, that they navigate independently and that busy parents can trust to leave in the hands of their child.”

The partnership between MarcoPolo Learning and Jumpstart will grant free access to the Emmy nominated MarcoPolo World School for the next three months. All children registered in the Jumpstart program will be given access to MarcoPolo World School uniting shared goals to help preschoolers build foundational academic and social-emotional skills. Maria Monarrez, Senior Manager of Strategic Partnerships & Programming for Jumpstart emphasized the importance of translating all family-facing correspondence to reach linguistically diverse households, which MarcoPolo Learning will be providing. “Providing these resources to parents in a language they are comfortable with allows them to engage with their children and confidently step into the role as, not only their child’s first teacher but for now, their full-time teacher. MarcoPolo is one way we are able to continue to bring high quality, developmentally appropriate educational resources to children and families and we are excited about this partnership,” Monarrez said.

Ultimately, the partnership aims to spark a love of learning and feed curiosity. “We know parents are trying their best at this time.” Dashoush says. “MarcoPolo World School aims to preserve children’s love for learning about the natural world. With thousands of video lessons, young children can learn about the human body, culture around the world, habitats, space, dinosaurs and much more. We want children to go back to school when it reopens full of wonder and knowledge about our fascinating world.”

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About MarcoPolo Learning:
MarcoPolo Learning is an award-winning educational media company for children ages 3-7. Based in London with offices in New York and Shanghai, the company produces TV-grade STEAM and English Language Learning curricula for both home and school. A 2020 Emmy award nominee, the brand’s flagship subscription-based app, MarcoPolo World School, offers kids aged 3-7 a full STEAM + Literacy curriculum with 500+ lessons and 3000+ learning activities; designed by PhD early childhood educators. MarcoPolo also producers an animated educational TV series called The Polos which broadcasts on major linear and digital channels across the world reaching over 500 million households.

About Jumpstart for Young Children:
For 25 years, Jumpstart has been fueled by the core belief that providing high-quality educational opportunities to all young children contributes to breaking the cycle of poverty. Jumpstart provides an early education solution that meets the needs of the children and communities we serve while advocating for change that ensures all children have access to the early learning opportunities they need. Learn more at jstart.org.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Nic Wilkinson
nicw@marcopololearning.com

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