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...

Healthier smiles, healthier children

Healthier smiles, healthier children

The following post was originally written by Chrissy Chatham as an op-ed for Talk Business & Politics and published February 13, 2021. The original article can be found here.  if we’re sick or in pain, it can be difficult to focus on or complete work-related...

Realizing the EDI’s Full Impact

Realizing the EDI’s Full Impact

Building a strong foundation for children’s success starts with taking a look at where they are now. Enter the Early Development Instrument (EDI), which offers a comprehensive view of how children are developing in neighborhoods and census tracts across...

T.E.A.C.H.ing Our Future

T.E.A.C.H.ing Our Future

Arkansas’s economy depends on quality early care and education. These programs not only allow parents to return to and stay engaged at work, they also provide stimulating, responsive learning environments for children during critical periods of early development....

OP-ED: Invest in Early Childhood, Build a Strong Workforce

The following post was originally written by Rick Neal as an op-ed for Arkansas Money & Politics and published January 11, 2021. The original article can be found here. Starting at birth, children are constantly learning. Each interaction, no matter how seemingly...

On the Ground with E8: Kaila Parker in Conway County

On the Ground with E8: Kaila Parker in Conway County

It’s often said the most meaningful change starts locally. At Excel by Eight (E8), we know that to be true. That’s why we are partnering with communities across the state to help all Arkansas children thrive. In Conway County, an E8 Community, parents, educators,...