Welcome to Acelero Learning in Monmouth and Middlesex, New Jersey!
At Acelero Learning, we believe that all children can succeed and achieve, and we work to empower families to advocate for their children and themselves. Acelero Learning has a proven track record of producing breakthrough child outcome gains for some of America’s most at-risk children through our unique outcomes-focused approach to providing Head Start services. We currently serve more than 5,000 children and families in our Head Start centers in four states.
Welcome from the Executive Director
Amanda Colon joined Acelero Learning - Monmouth/Middlesex in 2011 and in 2015 became the Executive Director. Amanda previously served as Director of Education, overseeing 10 sites and leading the education team through its successful Federal Monitoring Review. She was also instrumental in implementing bilingual classrooms at the Freehold Center. Amanda's first role at Acelero Learning was as Zone Director for District Collaborations. In that role, Amanda oversaw five sites collaborating with former Abbott districts. Amanda holds a bachelor's degree in early childhood education from the College of New Jersey and a master's degree in educational administration and supervision from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.
2014 - 2015 Goals
Our goals for the 2015-16 school year are providing high-quality coaching for all teaching staff, including Center Directors; enhancing family involvement and communication between parents and staff; and continuing to hire and retain high quality staff throughout the program. Leadership staff check in bi-annually to gauge progress on these goals and make adjustments as needed to ensure we meet our goals year-in and year-out.
Our Attendance Campaign is one of our biggest, continuing, initiatives for the 2015 - 2016 school year in Monmouth/Middlesex. It is clear that high student attendance directly leads to increased gains and outcomes. We know that bad weather conditions, transportation issues, and myriad other unforeseeable obstacles can make it difficult to get children to school on time, so we developed an Attendance Toolkit for all classrooms. Children get excited to come to school for weekly Hat Day, Pajama Day, and other themes created by the teaching staff. Children also get pumped to win the "traveling" trophy if their classroom has the best attendance each month. We ensure staff at all levels of the program are involved in getting our children to school every day and on time by incorporating personal touch-points through Teachers and Family Advocates when a child is absent. While attendance naturally fluctuates, the campaign has allowed us to keep attendance at the forefront, since children can't learn if they're not in school.