Conway County

Excel by Eight in Conway County

Conway County is an exceptional example of a community choosing collaboration over competition, with three public school districts and other agencies cooperating on the implementation of Excel by Eight. The committee is using available data, public input, and Early Development Instrument (EDI) outcomes to set quantifiable goals to improve health and education outcomes for children ages birth to eight. The EDI is a population measure of how young children are developing based on the five domains of early childhood development: physical health and wellbeing; social competence; emotional maturity; language and cognitive skills; and communication skills and general knowledge. Kindergarten teachers in each school district completed the assessment for their students. 


Located in the Arkansas River Valley

Major industries are manufacturing and transportation

Home to Petit Jean State Park, the first Arkansas State Park

Steering Committee

John Gibson, Conway County Community Foundation

Jamie Stacks, Wonderview School District

Joy Trauth, Retired Teacher/Grandparent

Kaila Parker, Parent

Karey Tapley, South Conway County School District

Logan Williams, Nemo Vista School District

Lora Hendrix, South Conway County School District

Shawn Halbrook, South Conway County School District

Susan Okroglic, Community Services, Inc.

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