Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated was founded January 24, 1938 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from a meeting of 20 mothers under the leadership of Marion Stubbs Thomas seeking to stimulate a social and cultural relationship between their children. Jack and Jill of America has avalanched into a strong national organization from the humble beginning of a local group. The National organization was born on June 1, 1946 when representatives of eight of the ten groups that had formed since 1938 voted to establish the national organization.
The second National convention was held in 1947 in Columbus, Ohio where plans were formulated to sponsor new groups in accordance to the governing documents. The Constitution and By-laws were drawn up and Jack and Jill of America was incorporated under the laws of the State of Delaware on August 28, 1947. Each year, chapter programming activities are guided under the national theme in adherence to fulfillment of our organizational goals. Individual chapters embrace a plan of action geared toward a united commitment to address and help alleviate distrubing community problems that affects children.
Since 1938, Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated has continued to grow and make a difference in our society for children through chapter programming and collaboration with other organizations that focus on the welfare of our youth. Today, Jack and Jill of America has a membership base of over 10,000 members and over 224 chapters functioning in seven regions across the United States.
- To create a medium of contact for children this will stimulate their growth and development.
- To provide constructive educational, cultural, civic, recreational, social, and service programs for children.
- To aid mothers in learning more about their children by careful study.
- To seek for ALL children the same advantages we desire for our own.
- To support all national legislation aimed at bettering conditions for all children.