Excel by Eight is focused on building a reliable resource grid, where all Arkansas families and communities have what they need to help children thrive.


E8 Communities in Arkansas are improving health and education outcomes for their children.


A child’s first 3 years build the foundation for future learning, behavior, and health.

The State of Arkansas’s Babies

The State of Arkansas’s Babies

How does Arkansas measure up when it comes to implementing policies and programs that help babies reach their full potential? As ZERO TO THREE’s the State of Babies Yearbook: 2021 shows, even before COVID-19, the littlest among us faced big challenges. Most alarming,...

Welcoming Union County

Welcoming Union County

Located in south central Arkansas, Union County has long been hailed by residents and visitors alike for its high quality of life. Since the oil boom era, it has developed into a thriving community with diverse industries, outdoor amenities, cultural institutions, and...

FAQ: Excel by Eight Communities

FAQ: Excel by Eight Communities

Conway, Independence, Monroe, Pulaski, Sevier, and, now, Union. How did these Arkansas counties get involved with Excel by Eight (E8)? Designed to be local models for change, these E8 Communities are focused on improving children’s health and education outcomes by...

Our Impact


more children with healthy beginnings

more children in Home Visiting

more children in quality child care