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,...

Strengthening the Grid Starts with Us

Strengthening the Grid Starts with Us

With COVID-19 cases on the rise and sometimes conflicting health guidance, many Arkansans are rightfully concerned about exposing loved ones to potential germs. As a result, some families are postponing, or skipping altogether, critical health care visits. Since...

Seeking Candidates for E8 Communities Consultant

Seeking Candidates for E8 Communities Consultant

Excel by Eight (E8) is seeking an individual who will work with several communities around the state to achieve our vision of a state where all children have access to quality health care and education that maximizes their full potential,...

Early Steps to School Success Launched in Arkansas

Early Steps to School Success Launched in Arkansas

With support from the Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education at the Department of Human Services, Save the Children launched a new home visiting program in 2019 called Early Steps to School Success. Early Steps focuses on the five years before a child...

SafeCare Expands Statewide

SafeCare Expands Statewide

In 2018, the Division of Children and Family Services at the Department of Human Services and the Arkansas Home Visiting Network launched SafeCare. In addition to improving risk and safety assessment and management, this program is designed to protect children in...

Arkansas Makes Steps Toward Paying for Developmental Screenings

Arkansas Makes Steps Toward Paying for Developmental Screenings

Arkansas is one of only five states that does not reimburse health care providers for developmental or autism screenings through Medicaid. As a result, many infants and toddlers miss out on needed services. In a significant step forward, the Department of Human...

Increasing Child Care Quality Through Higher Education

Increasing Child Care Quality Through Higher Education

In 2019, the Arkansas Early Childhood Association launched T.E.A.C.H., the Teacher Education and Compensation Helps Early Childhood ® Scholarship Program. Through T.E.A.C.H., early childhood educators receive scholarships and paid time off to take classes to obtain...

Working Together for Children in Monroe County

Working Together for Children in Monroe County

The Excel by Eight Steering Committee operates as an extension of the health and education partnerships of the Monroe County Children in Trust (MCCIT). MCCIT is a coalition of community partners that implements interventions to support families in need. The committee...

Partnering for Literacy in Independence County

Partnering for Literacy in Independence County

Led by the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce, Excel By Eight in Independence County is building on existing educational initiatives with its intentional focus on children from birth to age eight. As the group moved through its planning process, it identified five...