Acelero Learning's mission is to bring a relentless focus on positive family and child outcomes to close the achievement gap and build a better future for children, families, and communities served by the Head Start program.

This film was produced by Ascend at the Aspen Institute and was filmed at Acelero Learning centers in Monmouth, New Jersey, and Las Vegas, Nevada, and in the homes of families whose children attend those centers.

About Us

Acelero Learning is a pioneering provider of early childhood education and family engagement services, all of which are focused on closing the Achievement Gap for thousands of Head Start children and families across the country. With over $50 million in revenue and unparalleled child outcomes, we are both one of the largest and most innovative companies in our space. Our organization has two business units: 

  • Acelero Learning has provided Head Start services since 2001. Today, Acelero Learning directly serves 5,000 children and families in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Nevada, and Wisconsin.
  • Shine Early Learning formally launched in 2011 to expand our ability to improve and transform Head Start programs through two separate services:
    • Shine Assist is a training and technical assistance program that partners with other Head Start providers to improve their programs through hands-on training, access to our proprietary tools which have demonstrable impact on child outcomes, and the use of our Shine Insight data system.
    • Shine Implement manages the delivery of Head Start services for a select group of partners through a suite of services including oversight of educational, family services, and program design activities, provision of our proprietary tools, and use of our Shine Insight data system.

Our Supporters

At Acelero Learning, we are proud to serve our communities and in turn partner with some of the most forward-thinking organizations and investors in the country. We thank them for their ongoing commitment and collaboration.


The Richard M. Goldman Family Foundation