Dr. Frede oversees all education and research initiatives for Acelero Learning. She is a widely published researcher and a former teacher with extensive experience in early childhood program implementation and administration. Prior to joining Acelero Learning, Dr. Frede was Co-Director of the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University, where she primarily investigated the relationship of program quality to child outcomes, the longitudinal effects of preschool, and early education policy. Ellen previously served as Assistant to the Commissioner for Early Childhood Education at the New Jersey Department of Education, where her office oversaw the implementation of high-quality preschool in more than 150 school districts, serving 50,000 children and their families. As an Associate Professor at The College of New Jersey for over 16 years, she taught applied child development and early childhood teaching methods courses to prospective and practicing teachers.