Welcome to Acelero Learning in Milwaukee and Racine, Wisconsin!
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.
Executive Director Sarah Barton
Sarah Barton became Acelero Learning - Wisconsin’s Executive Director in March 2015. She has been part of Acelero Learning for six years and each year has taken on greater responsibility, first as a Center Director in Camden, New Jersey, and then as an Education Coordinator, an Education Director, and a founding Director of Education and Disabilities at Acelero Learning - Wisconsin.
Sarah knew since she was a preschooler herself that education would be her life's work. She grew up in a family of education entrepreneurs and, after graduating from Michigan State University, served in Teach for America as a preschool teacher in Camden, NJ. During her time in Camden, Sarah also earned a New Jersey Preschool to Grade 3 Teaching License, as well as a master's degree in education with a focus on early childhood education and urban school leadership at Temple University.
News & Updates
Jo's Early Learning Academy's Family Fun Night
At the Jo's Early Learning Academy's Family Fun Night, the parents and children braved the cold weather for some food, fun, and learning! The learning part centered around Polar Bear, and Shiny and Dull activities. Everyone had a great time. Thanks to the families and staff for making it all happen!
Cudahy Family Fun Night
The kids and parents at Cudahy's Family Fun Night had a "moo-velous" time pigging out on horse carrots, lassos, and other goodies during this farm themed party. Fun activities for all kept this barn hopping! Thanks to the parents, children, and staff for making this the best Family Fun Night yet at Cudahy!
ALW's Burlington Center Kids Receive Winter Gear
Thanks to the United Way of Racine County, local philanthropist Frank Cannella and Kohls Department Store, all of our Burlington Head Start kids and their siblings received a new coat, boots, snow pants, hats, and gloves at our 2nd Annual 'Get out and Play Event'.
Smiles at Teutonia Family Fun Night
Acelero's Teutonia location Family Fun Night made everyone smile when they visited our photo booth. The kids and parents had a great time picking out props to use for their family pictures, plus there were lots of activities and food for everyone. Thanks to all the parents and children who came and to the staff that made this a great time for everyone!
Penfield Family Fun Night a Huge Success
It was a great day for the parents and kids during Acelero's Penfield Family Fun Night! The kids got to create heritage leaves, have fun with Playdoh, and eat pizza! The parent turnout and participation was incredible! Thanks to everyone who came and to the staff for making this Fun Night such a success.
Join Acelero Learning at Harvest Fest - Sunday, October 30
Please join Acelero Learning at Harvest Fest Sunday, October 30! Free family fun with face painting, Kohl's Wild Theater, and much more. We will be there telling parents about our free Head Start programs available to Milwaukee parents. Wear your costumes and stop by our table. Check out the brochure for all the event times. Hope to see you there!!
Acelero Learning Wisconsin Rates Among Top 10% of Head Start Programs
Acelero Learning Wisconsin, which began providing Head Start services in 2013, was notified by the Office of Head Start that its Milwaukee program scored in the top 10% of Head Start programs nationwide in Instructional Support, a key indicator of quality education for young children. This was determined by an independent team of reviewers from the Office of Head Start (at the US Department of Health and Human Services), who observed every classroom in Milwaukee, using the Classroom Assessment Scoring System™ (CLASS) tool. Positive scores on Instruction Support in the CLASS have been shown by researchers to be directly correlated to positive child outcomes for children. CLASS reviews are conducted by a team of classroom observers, employed by the Federal Government, on every Head Start program in the country.
Dr. Earnestine Willis, the founding Board Chair of Acelero Learning Wisconsin, recognized the importance of this result for Milwaukee's children. "I sincerely appreciate the hard work and dedication that the staff and parents of Acelero Learning Wisconsin have done to culminate in these outstanding federal reviews. These are critical contributions to our future as a community, championing early childhood development."
Please see the full press release here.
ALW Attends Garfield Days
Garfield Days, an annual family event in Milwaukee held on July 16, was a huge canvassing success for Acelero Learning! The Acelero staff of Family Services and Health was there to educate families about the programs that Acelero Learning Milwaukee has to offer for fall enrollment. Great food, music, weather and a great staff!!! Thanks to all who attended!
Milwaukee County Housing Division Accepting Rent Assistance Applications
For the first time in 15 years, Milwaukee County Housing Division will open its wait list and accept applications for Section 8 Rent Assistance. See the photos here or go to their website for more information!
Grand Ave Awarded Early Care and Education Garden Micro Grant
Wow! Michelle and our Grand Ave Center staff have been selected to receive an Early Care and Education (ECE) Garden Micro Grant! We are so excited to have been awarded this opportunity. Having a garden will really enhance our Growing theme and connect our Farms, Markets, and Foods theme. Children will develop a deeper understanding of where food comes from by growing some of it themselves. We hope to engage families in gardening with their children. Great job Michelle and Team!
ALW Participates in Juneteenth Event
Music, marching bands, community members, politicians and Acelero Learning Family Service and Health Advocates filled the streets of Milwaukee's north side on Sunday, June 19 to mark the 151st year of Juneteenth. The annual event commemorates the day in June 1865, when the last slaves in America learned they were free. The temperatures may have been in the upper 80's all day but the Acelero team was energized to spread the word about our programs. Thanks Team Milwaukee for letting parents know we are enrolling for the coming school year!!
Acelero Learning Employees Get the VIP Treatment at Lakeland
Acelero Learning WI has a new partnership with Lakeland College! All Acelero Learning WI employees can take advantage now of special tuition costs and more advisory services! Click the link for more information:
Jo's Learning Academy Receives Loan from Well's Fargo's Diverse Community Capital Program
Thanks to assistance from Wells Fargo and Forward Community Investments to our Early Childhood Partner Jo's Learning Academy, we are able to serve more healthy food to our Head Start and Early Head Start children!
Read full article.
ALW Featured in The Journal Times During "Week of the Young Child"
At Acelero Learning Wisconsin, we are honored to serve as the only Head Start and Early Head Start program in Racine County.
No organization in Racine can close the achievement gap for low-income children themselves. We must collectively vow to do everything possible to ensure that every young child in Racine, regardless of geography, race or income, has the opportunity to succeed in school and in life.
Eating Smart, Being Active Program at Grand Ave Center
Grand Ave Center just finished a very successful session of Eating Smart, Being Active run by UW Extension. They were able to run an English class and a Spanish class. Thanks to Health and Disabilities Advocate Yesenia Arjon and all the advocates for helping Edna recruit and encourage parents to come. They learned some very useful information.
NGN started their session of Eating Smart, Being Active today. We had 6 parents come and they were a very engaged group. Thanks to Family Engagement Advocate Julieta Flores for getting the ball rolling by having UWEX speak at the FEN Meeting.
UWEX will also be coming into all the classrooms in June to do a couple lessons for the children as well.
It is so important to come to this nutrition classes, because we learned how to read “Food Labels” and help our family to eat healthy. (Mr. Vazquez)
I learned to plan ahead of time our meals and the benefit and importance of eating “Fruit and Vegetables. (Mrs. Vazquez)
Something that I learned and was very important to me, was how to read “Food Labels” (Mrs. Hernandez)
I have improved the quality of food I am giving to my family and learned about the importance of eating “Fruit and Vegetables. (Mrs. Peralta)
Grand Ave Center Visits Zoo
As part of an incentive for boosting enrollment, a classroom at our Grand Ave Center earned a visit from the Racine County Zoo! The children were able to learn about and even pet the different animals brought to their class.
ALW Attends Jammin 98.3 Event
Acelero Learning Wisconsin attended Jammin 98.3's "The Gathering" for the second year in a row on March 19th at Potawatomi Hotel. The day included networking opportunities to find new resources for our families and exposed minority parents to Acelero Learning's free programs in Milwaukee County. With lots of activities, over 50 vendors and a sold out venue, we were able to really get the word out this past weekend!!
ALW Participates in V100 Family Affair Expo
For the third year in a row, Acelero Learning Wisconsin took part in the V100 Family Affair Expo at State Fair Park in March. This free event for families and their children had many local exhibitors, food and entertainment. The Acelero Family Advocates did a great job providing families information about our program and finding new agencies to partner with, all while having a great time at the event!
NGN Celebrates Dr. Seuss's Birthday
At NGN we celebrated Dr. Seuss's birthday on March 2. The staff dressed up like various characters and the families voted for their favorite. All week we have been reading Dr. Seuss books in the classroom and have had family members sign up to be guest readers in the classrooms. The children were very excited to have Cat in the Hat read a book to each class. Room 1 even did science experiments and made egg predictions, followed by tasting green eggs and ham.
Friendship Family Fun Night
On February 11, Grand Avenue had a Friendship Family Fun Night, with over 150 parents and children attending. Parents were encouraged to have their child dress up as a Friendship Prince or Princess, and were invited to write letters to a Pen Pal, use the PEER mantra in making friendship bracelets, and talk to their children during a shared meal. The children were also able to take a picture in the Friendship castle, with Mr. Josue, Health Coordinator, as our photographer.
Grand Opening at Cudahy Expansion Center
On January 28, Acelero Learning, Mayor John Hohenfeldt, and Representative Christine Sinicki hosted a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony at its newest Five-Star early learning center in Cudahy, Wisconsin. Acelero Learning Wisconsin operates seven Five-Star Head Start facilities in Milwaukee County, including an existing center in Cudahy in the same commercial property. In total, Acelero Learning Wisconsin will now serve 203 children from ages zero-to-five in Cudahy. Acelero Learning is extremely excited to bring additional federal resources to Cudahy to provide world-class services to children and families in the community.
“At Acelero Learning, we believe that every child -- regardless of income, zip code, or ethnicity -- deserves a world class education in a world-class facility,” said Sarah Barton, Executive Director of Acelero Learning Wisconsin. “If it is not good enough for the Mayor or our Representative to send their children, it is not good enough for the children in Cudahy. We are proud to have met that standard.” Read more.
Early Head Start Classrooms Now Open at Teutonia
Our Teutonia Center's Early Head Start classrooms are finally open! It was a very successful first week, with only a little first week "jitters" - but at the end of the week more smiles were seen and there was more excitement to be in their new classroom. Several parents stayed in the classrooms to help the children with the transition.
Our Cudahy Expansion is currently enrolling!
Limited Space remaining, call and speak to an Enrollment Specialist today!
Acelero Learning (site on north side of Pick 'n Save)
5809 S. Packard Ave.
Cudahy, WI 53110
ALW Comments on the Importance of Choosing a Licensed Child Care Facility
We are in the news! Acelero Learning is licensed and monitored constantly, to ensure all children are safe and healthy.
Watch the video http://www.cbs58.com/story/31007260/the-difference-a-licensed-daycare-makes-when-it-comes-to-your-childs-safety
ALW Partners with Coats for Kids
Coats for Kids was a three day event, Thursday - Saturday (11/5-11/7). Our Wisconsin Family Services & Health team was there to talk to parents about Acelero Learning's Head Start programs in Milwaukee County and what is available to them in the area. We also had teaching staff that volunteered their time to help pass out the coats. The Salvation Army coordinates this annual event in Milwaukee.
Second Center in Cudahy Nearing Completion
Acelero Learning Wisconsin is excited to announce that the build out of an additional center in Cudahy is finally under way. We have maintained a waiting list of children since we first began serving families in Cudahy in September of 2013. The build out of a second site (just a couple doors down) will finally allow us to serve these families and meet the demand for Head Start services in Cudahy. There will be five classrooms in the new space serving 94 additional Head Start children and 8 Early Head Start children.
Approval to Convert 60 HS Slots to 16 EHS Slots
Acelero Learning Wisconsin has received approval from the Office of Head Start to convert 60 Head Start slots to 16 Early Head Start slots. These 16 infants and toddlers will be enrolled in two classrooms designed and furnished specifically for this 0-3 age group. One EHS classroom will be in our Eternal Learning Center where we have seen continued demand since opening an infant/toddler classroom there last year. The other will open in our new Cudahy site once the build out of that center is complete. We are excited to be expanding our EHS program as there continues to be a large demand for high-quality infant and toddler care in Milwaukee County.
ALW Awarded $1.3 Million EHS-CCP Grant
Acelero Learning recently received a competitive award in the amount of $1,337,601 to operate Early Head Start – Child Care (EHS-CC) Partnership programs at three of our partner centers in Wisconsin. Penfield Children’s Center, Jo’s Daycare Academy, and Next Generation Now will be our partners and enable us to reach an additional 80 children. This funding will allow us and our partners to expand high quality, early learning opportunities for infants and toddlers. These partnerships will support working families by providing a full-day, full-year program so that low-income children have the healthy and enriching early experiences they need to realize their full potential.
Federal Monitoring Review
Acelero Learning Wisconsin had a Federal Monitoring Review in January 2015, specifically focused on health, safety, and environmental issues. Acelero Learning Wisconsin was one of the first programs in the country to have this review and the protocol was very different from previous years. After the review, it was determined that not only were there no deficiencies, there were also no non-compliances and not even any areas of concern. It was an amazing success for all of Acelero Learning, and especially the leadership team and staff in Wisconsin. This significant accomplishment could not have been achieved without the support of the entire network and we are proud of the team for their sincere commitment to the health and safety of children and families in Wisconsin!