Excel by Eight in Sevier County
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 Southwest Arkansas, bordering the Gulf Coastal Plains
University of Arkansas Cossatot Community College
Quickly growing Latinx and Marshallese population
An abundance of rivers and lakes gave rise to historical fishing and forestry industries
Erika Buenrrostro, University of Arkansas Cossatot Community College
Cheryl Byrd, De Queen-Mena Educational Service Cooperative
Janet Cantrell, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension
Sherry Dinger, Parkhill Preschool
Deborah Hedge, Sevier County Health Unit
Kimberly Johnson, Little Bitty City Enrichment Center
Kim Kennemore, De Queen-Mena Educational Service Cooperative
Debbi Neal, Horatio City Council
Mary Runnels, Department of Human Services
Amy Smith, Horatio School District
Beth Tody, Horatio School District
Angie Walker, Dr. Randy Walker Family Practice & Allergy Clinic
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