PERTH AMBOY — U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) visited the Acelero Learning Center in Perth Amboy on Thursday to break ground on a Head Start renovation project. The expansion will more than double the size of the facility by adding five classrooms for preschool students and two new classrooms for infants and toddlers under the age of three.
“All children deserve the opportunity to reach their full potential by learning the skills they need to succeed,” Lautenberg said. “This new facility will create a learning environment that helps more children begin their education at an early age. Head Start is a proven success and I am proud to support this effort in Perth Amboy. ”
“Acelero Learning’s Head Start program is an excellent example of how federal funding can and does make a significant and positive impact in the everyday life of New Jersey’s citizens” said Aaron Lieberman, CEO of the Acelero Learning Center. “We are so proud that Senator Lautenberg supported our application to become the Head Start grantee for Middlesex County and are pleased that his ongoing assistance has allowed us to expand this facility and bring these critical developmental and educational services and results to even more young children in need in this community. We know Head Start works and truly changes the lives of children and families who participate.”
The federal government has contributed $1.1 million toward the purchase, construction and renovations of the Acelero Learning Center in Perth Amboy. Early Head Start services will also be provided at the new facility for the first time, through funding from the 2009 Recovery Act.
Head Start provides comprehensive developmental and school readiness services for low-income, preschool students. Early Head Start provides similar services, but for pregnant women and children under three years old. Since its inception in 1965, Head Start has prepared more than 27 million American children for kindergarten. Head Start currently serves 981,000 children nationwide, including 14,800 children in New Jersey.
Acelero Learning is the second largest Head Start provider in New Jersey, serving 1,378 children at 17 facilities. The Perth Amboy facility currently serves 90 preschool-aged children in six classrooms.
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