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.

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

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

OUR POLICY AGENDA

8 Takeaways from the Excel by Eight Foundations Summit

Last month, the Excel by Eight Foundations Collaborative gathered in Little Rock with stakeholders and partners for a Summit to celebrate early successes for our policy agenda and begin setting our agenda for the next several years. Through informative panels and...

Independence County: Building Brains in Preschoolers One Conversation at a Time

Independence County: Building Brains in Preschoolers One Conversation at a Time

Preschools in Independence County have adopted innovative technology to support early brain development. LENA – short for Language ENvironment Analysis – is a professional development opportunity for early childhood educators that uses cloud-based software and a small, wearable device – often referred to as a “talk pedometer” – to measure and increase conversational turns that happen between a child and an adult caregiver.

Our Impact

communities

more children with healthy beginnings

more children in home visiting

more children in quality child care