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Acelero Learning works with local communities across the country to support and manage high-quality Head Start programs. Local affiliates of the company currently serve over 2,200 children, ages zero to five, in Head Start and Early Head Start programs in...
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Aaron Lieberman, CEO, Acelero Learning: "The one...
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has a strong track record of entrepreneurial successes in the social sector.
After graduating from Yale, Aaron became a Head Start teacher and founded Jumpstart, an organization that pairs college students with preschoolers to develop literacy, language and social skills.
What began as an idea in Aaron's dorm room went on to become a national organization and leader in early childhood education; today Jumpstart
engages 4,000 college students in service to nearly 15,000 children in 20 states, and the District of Columbia and more than 75 communities across the country.
While at Jumpstart, Aaron also founded and served as Chair of Schoolsuccess.net, a venture-backed for-profit spin off of Jumpstart that created the first on-line versions of the High/Scope COR and Creative Curriculum's Developmental Continuum.
The company was acquired by Pearson in 2000.
Aaron founded Acelero in 2001 and helped develop its programmatic approach, working side by side with Head Start leadership teams from Acelero's first management contact partners.
Aaron Lieberman, Acelero ...
Aaron Lieberman, Acelero Learning
When Acelero Learning
swapped out the 12 percent mezzanine loan for a 1 percent PRI, Lieberman
was prepared to completely buy out two of its early equity investors.
"Our entire investor group agreed to take a lower return on their existing positions because Packard's
loan, at such a low interest rate, made their returns more secure," says Lieberman
Acelero Learning repaid its initial Series A investment at an 8 percent return.
"As the business progressed, we realized we just didn't need that much capital to get where we wanted," Lieberman
"These funds from the Packard ...
"These funds from the Packard Foundation will allow us to complete the re-capitalization process we began last year, providing some liquidity to our initial investors, including Boston Community Capital and Ironwood Capital, while positioning the company to continue our rapid growth," saidÂ Aaron Lieberman, co-founder of Acelero Learning and CEO of Shine Early Learning.
Acelero Learning Receives $4 million Program-Related Investment from the Packard Foundation (PRNewswire) | Ironwood Capital
"These funds from the Packard Foundation will allow us to complete the re-capitalization process we began last year, providing some liquidity to our initial investors, including Boston Community Capital and Ironwood Capital, while positioning the company to continue our rapid growth," said Aaron Lieberman, co-founder of Acelero Learning and CEO of Shine Early Learning.
"We continue to break new ground - demonstrating that a double bottom line company that produces break through child outcome gains for low-income children and families and can also produce a reasonable returns for investors.
In this way, we are providing a desperately needed proof point for the emerging world of impact investing," concluded Lieberman.