Child Care Roundtable addresses challenges facing child care providers, employers, and families

Child Care Roundtable addresses challenges facing child care providers, employers, and families

In early September, Excel by Eight partnered with the Institute for Economic Equity at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and Arkansas Asset Funders Network to host a roundtable discussion on “Child Care and the Economy.” The event featured business and industry leaders from across the state who shared insights and discussed opportunities to support child care for the current and future workforce.

Jill Wilson, executive director of two child care centers in Mountain Home, and Garrett Dolan, senior manager of corporate social responsibility at Tyson Foods, served on a panel moderated by Roby Brock, editor-in-chief and host of Talk Business and Politics. The panelists discussed the challenges facing employers and child care providers in Arkansas, including quality of care, workforce, and affordability.

Step Up to WAGE$: Bridging the Pay Gap for Early Childhood Educators

Step Up to WAGE$: Bridging the Pay Gap for Early Childhood Educators

One of the biggest threats to the child care industry is losing qualified teachers due to low wages. Paul Lazenby, Arkansas Early Childhood Association (AECA) executive director and T.E.A.C.H. state manager, talks about the Step Up to WAGE$ program they launched to help bridge the pay gap.

Excel by Eight Hires Adena J. White as Communications Director

Excel by Eight Hires Adena J. White as Communications Director

Excel by Eight announced today that it has expanded its team with the addition of Adena J. White as communications director. White will provide communications support to help achieve policy goals related to supporting families, early childhood education and healthy...

Morrilton Mobile Library Hits the Road

Morrilton Mobile Library Hits the Road

Access to books is essential to building a reliable resource grid for Arkansas children and families. Realized through a SOAR (Successful Outcomes for Arkansas Readers) grant through the Arkansas Department of Education’s Division of Elementary and Secondary...

Breaking Down Brain Development – Part 2

Dr. Nikki Edge is a professor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine. She researches factors that influence child social and emotional outcomes and evaluates interventions for high-risk children and...

Increasing Quality Child Care in Conway County

When American Rescue Plan Funds arrived, Debbie Mize, director of Child Care Aware of Northcentral Arkansas, knew the best way to invest it in Conway County would be to increase the number of quality child care options. The Conway County E8 Community spearheaded a...