JO’s Learning Academy is partnering with Acelero Learning Milwaukee County to provide world class Head Start services for 68 children at our north side facility. Acelero Learning is one of the country’s premier providers of Head Start programs, and Milwaukee represents their fourth location. The mission of Acelero Learning is to bring a relentless focus on positive child and family outcomes to close the achievement gap and build a better future for children, families, and communities served by the Head Start program. Acelero’s Head Start programs have demonstrated child outcome gains more than twice the national average and in 2013 completed a Federal Monitoring Review with zero deficiencies, areas of non-compliance, or areas of concern.
Council for Spanish Speaking/Guadalupe Head Start, operated by El Centro Hispano, promotes the school readiness of children ages birth to 5 by enhancing their cognitive, social and emotional development. In a collaboration with JO’s Learning Academy, the program provides a K3 and K4 learning environment that supports children’s growth in language and literacy, cognition and general knowledge, physical development and health, social and emotional development, and approaches to learning. It also provides comprehensive services to enrolled children and their families, which include health, nutrition, social services and other services determined to be necessary by family needs assessments. Head Start services are designed to be responsive to each child and family’s ethnic, cultural and linguistic heritage. Head Start emphasizes the role of parents as their child’s first and most important teacher. The program also strives to build relationships with families that support family well-being and positive parent-child relationships, families as learners and lifelong educators, family engagement in transition, family connections to peers and community, and families as advocates and leaders.