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.

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Excel by Eight hosts Spring 2024 Learning Community

Excel by Eight hosts Spring 2024 Learning Community

Representatives from our E8 communities came together in April for our semiannual Learning Community. The agenda for the two-day event focused on identifying resources to support the development and implementation of their community plans, specifically in the areas of early care and education, maternal health, and K-3rd grade literacy.

Lessons from the Top: Q&A with Jamie Ward

Lessons from the Top: Q&A with Jamie Ward

As the founder and president of Curricula Concepts Inc. and managing partner of Be Well Care Well, Jamie Morrison Ward is dedicated to fostering collaborative relationships and driving meaningful change within the field of early childhood education. She is committed to creating lasting positive outcomes for all involved, from educators and families to policymakers and community leaders. Jamie supports Excel by Eight Foundations’ work in early childhood education through her role as president of the Arkansas Association for Infant Mental Health. This association promotes the healthy social and emotional development of infants, toddlers, and their families.

In August 2023, just weeks after her 50th birthday, Jamie completed 29029 Everesting, a rigorous challenge where participants climb the equivalent of Mount Everest, or 29,029 feet, in 36 hours. The 36-hour climb and the training itself are as much a mental challenge as a physical one. We caught up with Jamie to talk about her experience and how the lessons from her journey to the top – all 13 trips – can be applied both in fitness and in her professional life.

Candace’s Story: The Impact of Doula Support during Pregnancy and Childbirth

Candace’s Story: The Impact of Doula Support during Pregnancy and Childbirth

At Excel by Eight, one of our goals is to ensure that all women receive complete, high-quality preconception, prenatal, and postpartum care. Candace’s experience highlights the importance of doula support in advocating for patients’ voices to be heard during childbirth. She shares how her doula, Nicolle Fletcher, provided crucial support during Candace’s challenging 36-hour labor, ensuring her wishes were heard. Access to doula care is essential for improving outcomes for mothers and babies.

Our Impact

communities

more children with healthy beginnings

more children in home visiting

more children in quality child care