National History

Jack and Jill of America was founded January 24, 1938 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Under the leadership of Marion Stubbs Thomas, twenty mothers came together to discuss creating an organization to provide social, cultural, and educational opportunities for young children. From the beginning, Jack and Jill of America focused on instilling the values and leadership skills that would serve each child well into adulthood.

The concept was so inspiring that it soon spread to other cities and other states. In 1947 Jack and Jill of America was incorporated under the laws of the State of Delaware as a non-profit organization.

Today, Jack and Jill boasts more than 230 chapters nationwide, representing more than 40,000 family members. Each chapter plans annual programming activities guided under a national theme. Through service projects, Jack and Jill of America creates a medium of contact for children to stimulate their growth and development.

“To us as mothers, [Jack and Jill] has become a means of furthering an inherent and natural desire …to bestow upon our children all the opportunities possible for a normal and graceful approach to a beautiful adulthood.”
– Marion Stubbs Thomas